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Catawba County, North Carolina, is located in the western part of the State in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Catawba County's three lakes and its location in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains exert a strong influence on the County's climate and ambience. The County is sheltered by mountains that moderate winter temperatures and provide refreshing summer breezes. Elevation ranges from 705 to 1780 feet, averaging 995 feet. Catawba County has seven beautiful golf courses playable year-round due to the temperate climate with an average temperature of 68.8 Fahrenheit.
The Hickory Motor Speedway has been in continuous operation for nearly 50 years. It is the birthplace of America's racing stars - Junior Johnson, Ned Jarrett, Ralph Earnhardt, Bobby Issac, Morgan Shepherd, Tommy Houston, Harry Gant, Dale Earnhardt, Dale Jarrett, and Jack Ingram. The Hickory Motor Speedway generates some $2.5 million each year into the local economy.
Bass tournaments are held from March through October on Lake Hickory and Lake Norman. The lakes are famous for Large Mouth and White Bass. Striped bass weighing 40 pounds have been pulled from the lakes.
The Hickory Museum of Art is the second oldest museum in North Carolina, and is known for its concentration of American art (19th and 20th century).
Whether you like big adventure, or just beautiful sightseeing, boating, golfing, biking, beach combing, or just visiting lighthouses, antique shops, playhouses, museums and galleries, North Carolina is rich with attractions and amusements
One of the most exhilarating beach vaction spots on the East Coast is NC'S Outer Banks. Vacation rentals from Corolla down past Kitty Hawk and Nags Head and all the way to the former pirate stronghold of Ocracoke Island. You have to do this at least once in your lifetime.
If mountains are more your style then the North Carolina Smoky Mountains offer a value family vacation with hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and scenic drives through the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forest. The Blue Ridge Parkway offers many outstanding mountain views and scenic overlooks. You can't go wrong on this one!
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