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Lake Towns

High Rock Lake is situated in the heart of the Piedmont Triad in North Carolina and there are several amazing towns within a short drive.  Below we've highlighted a few of these towns and some of their features.

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Located in Davidson County in the Piedmont area of North Carolina, Lexington is known as “The Barbeque Capital of the World”.   Lexington is 11 miles northeast of High Rock Lake and since 1984, the city has hosted the Lexington Barbecue Festival, one of the largest street festivals in North Carolina!

We will be updating this from time to time and will have video features of things to see and do around Lexington. 



Salisbury, NC


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Population: 34,001, Incorporated: 1753 

Salisbury is the primary cultural center of Rowan County offering a thriving downtown district with a classic Main Street America feel. Visitors enjoy touring historic sites, viewing unique public art, discovering one-of-a-kind gifts at local shops, and dining at original restaurants. See the spectacular Historic Salisbury Mural “Crossroads-Past Into Present,” a 127-ft x 48-ft mural depicting life in Salisbury in 1900. Or, check out local favorite Hap’s Grill for a classic hotdog and Cheerwine (Salisbury’s hometown beverage) and Spanky’s for homemade ice cream. 

Formerly a frontier town, Salisbury has been touched by some of the greatest names and events of American history. George Washington visited the town during his southern tour in 1791. Daniel Boone grew up exploring the country outside Salisbury before he blazed trails in the wilderness. Andrew Jackson studied law in Salisbury before being admitted to the North Carolina Bar. The city was also home to a famous Confederate prison now surrounded by a historic national cemetery. Salisbury boasts a growing arts community, four colleges and a diverse group of business professionals. 

With its convenient location, off of I-85 between Charlotte and the Greensboro and Winston-Salem areas, travel to Salisbury is a breeze. Bonus point: you can take the train. Amtrak travels to Salisbury and will drop you right in the heart of downtown. There’s an original experience waiting for you here.

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