The City of Hickory, North Carolina is home to 40,000 residents and encompasses 29 sq miles in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Today Hickory is known for being at the center of the Catawba Valley and a regional hub for furniture manufacturing. Its quick access to mountains, lakes and beaches makes it a popular destination for families to work, play and visit. Recreational opportunities are abundant with 24 parks, 6 recreation centers and 2 senior citizens centers. The Hickory Parks, Recreation & Sports Tourism Department mission is to povide high quality parks, facilities and programs to serve the citizens of Hickory.