Hickory City Park Singletrack
ElevationAscent: 326' 99 m
Descent: -325' -99 m
High: 1,081' 330 m
Low: 964' 294 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (1°)
Max Grade: 11% (6°)
Popular hikes nearby
4.7 mi 7.6 km • Out and Back • 866 ft Ascent 264.09 m Ascent
High Shoals Falls Loop Trail
2.3 mi 3.7 km • Loop • 524 ft Ascent 159.67 m Ascent
7.4 mi 11.8 km • Loop • 1,648 ft Ascent 502.35 m Ascent
The Raiders of the Pines Fitness Loop
13.3 mi 21.4 km • Loop • 2,217 ft Ascent 675.84 m Ascent
1.1 mi 1.8 km • Out and Back • 337 ft Ascent 102.65 m Ascent
Peaks of Grandfather Mountain
9.1 mi 14.6 km • Loop • 2,827 ft Ascent 861.65 m Ascent
“A hidden secret in Hickory City Park.”— Brandon Thrower
Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Park by the tennis courts and picnic shelter. Start down the paved greenway and the trailhead will be on your left after the double gates. The entrance is marked with course tape and a yellow arrow on tree, but there is an obvious path heading in the woods.
The trail dives into the woods for a fast section that will get your heart going right out of the car. After about 1.5 miles you'll cross the greenway and continue on the trail straight ahead. This section will twist and turn for about 0.7 miles until you cross the greenway again. Go straight across and follow this section with some steeper hills.
At around 3 miles, you'll see a white sign with the option of short loop (right turn) or long loop (left turn). The short loop dumps you back onto the greenway for an easy cruise back to the car or the long loop heads down towards the lake and gives you a lung and leg burning climb back up to the greenway before the nice and easy last section snakes back towards the parking lot.
Once you are back out onto the greenway near where you crossed it the first time after the remnants of the dirt jumps, hang a left on the greenway and that will take you back to your car or you can take another lap when you see the trailhead on your right this time.
Hickory City Park is a local favorite and a great place for a post work or evening jaunt.
Flora & Fauna
Land Manager: City of Hickory, NC - Parks & Recreation