Heart-Pumping Thrills and Tranquility Intersect in Caldwell County

Fly fisherman in a creekWith the spectacular Blue Ridge foothills and Catawba Valley as our playgrounds, we have a wealth of outdoor recreation for every interest and inkling. The elevation of Caldwell County rises from 900 feet above sea level to 5,964 feet: a breathtaking 575 percent increase. It’s the greatest elevation change of any county in North Carolina.

Biking, off-roading, watersports, hiking, hunting, fishing and camping are favorite pastimes. When the temperatures drop, skiing, sledding and snow tubing are close at hand, with several resorts to choose from.

Our Western Piedmont region offers lakes, rivers and rapids. In fact, our whitewater rafting is pretty legendary. The U.S. Olympic kayaking team trains in Wilson Creek, located in the Grandfather District of the Pisgah National Forest in the northwestern section of Caldwell County. Find your adventure in the Caldwell County NC Foothills Itinerary.

Caldwell County’s Rivers, Creeks & Lakes

  • Beaver Creek
  • Blue Creek
  • Catawba River
  • Gunpowder Creek
  • Husband Creek
  • Johns River
  • Lake Hickory
  • Little Gunpowder Creek
  • Little King Creek
  • Lower Creek
  • Mill Creek
  • Mulberry Creek
  • Rhodhiss Lake
  • Rock Creek
  • Silver Creek
  • Upper Little River
  • Wilson Creek
  • Yadkin River

Recreation Options

Hudson Parks & Recreation Department Photo

Hudson Parks & Recreation Department

Overmountain National Historic Trails Photo

Overmountain National Historic Trails

Tuttles State Park Photo

Tuttles State Park

Zacks Fork Mountain Biking Trail Photo

Zacks Fork Mountain Biking Trail

Whitewater Rafting & Kayaking Photo

Whitewater Rafting & Kayaking

Wilson Creek Visitor Center Photo

Wilson Creek Visitor Center

Thermal Valley Hang Gliding Photo

Thermal Valley Hang Gliding

The Butterfly Highway Photo

The Butterfly Highway

Skiing & Snowboarding Photo

Skiing & Snowboarding

Pisgah National Forest Photo

Pisgah National Forest

Mountains-to-Sea Trail NC Photo

Mountains-to-Sea Trail NC

Lenoir Parks & Recreation Photo

Lenoir Parks & Recreation

Lenoir Greenway Photo

Lenoir Greenway

Granite Falls Recreation Department Photo

Granite Falls Recreation Department

Grandfather Mountain Photo

Grandfather Mountain

Hunting Photo


Foothills Experience Photo

Foothills Experience

Fishing Photo


Camping Photo


Broyhill State Forest Photo

Broyhill State Forest

Brown Mountain OHV Trail System Photo

Brown Mountain OHV Trail System

ATV Trails & Off-Road Driving Photo

ATV Trails & Off-Road Driving


Adventure Towns

Lenoir Photo


Collettsville Photo


Granite Falls Photo

Granite Falls