Lake Hickory is one the largest freshwater sand bottom lakes in North Carolina. The crystal clear Blue Ridge Mountain streams and the beautiful Catawba River flow into the lake year-round.  The lake was named after the City of Hickory and runs along its northern edge. It covers almost 4,223 acres (17.09 km2) with 105 miles (169 km) of shoreline. Lake Hickory is perfect for swimming, water skiing, tube, boat or enjoy some of the finest fishing. The lake is home to many different species of fish, including striped bass, largemouth and spotted bass, crappie, lake perch, bluegill, sunfish, and a variety of catfish.

Lake Hickory's perfect location is the gateway to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Only one hour from Charlotte, one hour from Asheville (home of the Biltmore Estate!), 45 minutes from Boone and Blowing Rock, and about 3 1/2 hours from the coast. Come see the most beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain views from the lake!

Man And Pet Dog On Beach Watching Sunset Together

Hickory, North Carolina

  • Hickory ranked 1st in the nation for lowest business costs at 25% below the US average in Forbes: Best Places for Business and Careers 2018
  • Nerdwallet Hickory ranked 4th best place to start a business in NC
  • Hickory is the hub of a metropolitan area of 365,497 people located on the shores of the Catawba River in the hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and a three-time All American City
  • The cost of living is 11% below the national average

Living at Sunset Peninsula


Look no further! At Sunset Peninsula you will find the lake-loving lifestyle you have always dreamed of. This private, gated community comes with paved roads and ready-to-build homesites. For pictures, details, and more call us today at 828-374-8989. Our experienced Land Consultants are waiting to help make your dreams come true!

Happy angler with catfish fishing trophy
Brilliant Sunset on Cumberland River in Tennessee