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Glenn C. Hilton, Jr. Memorial Park


This 59.5-acre park operated by the City of Hickory is one of the best birding spots in the area. A total of 22 warbler species have been seen in a single day in late September, after the passing of a cold front. Watch for Connecticut, Cerulean, Golden-winged, Blue-winged, Nashville, and Wilson's Warblers. Upon entering the park, continue past the playground and bear to the right to a cul de sac with limited parking. The asphalt walkway will pass a small gazebo and, bearing right, cross a bridge over the creek onto the loop boardwalk. The boardwalk trail is often a great spot for viewing migrating songbirds, wading birds, and raptors. At the furthest point on the loop is an observation platform adjacent to a cove of Lake Hickory. The woodland trails host numerous woodpeckers and nesting raptors. The trees located near the picnic shelters are particularly productive, especially in migration.

Species of Interest (Full Bird List)

Fish Crow, Brown-headed Nuthatch, White-throated Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Pine Siskin, Purple Finch


oak forest & mixed hardwoods/pine, floodplain forest, early successional, lake

Access and Parking

The park is open daily during daylight hours. Park gates are closed after sunset.


From I-40, take Exit 123 toward Lenoir on US 321 N. Continue on US 321 to just before the Catawba River Bridge, and turn right on Old Lenoir Road. Upon crossing the railroad tracks, turn left and immediately right on 15th Avenue NW. Proceed up the hill to the intersection with 12th Street Drive NW. Turn left and go 1.8 miles; 12th Street Drive NW becomes 6th Street NW, crosses an arm of Lake Hickory and continues up hill. Glenn C. Hilton Jr. Memorial Park is on the right.

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