Huntersville, NC

Huntersville NC is located in Mecklenburg County...

2016 Best Guide to Huntersville, NC

December 14, 2015

Huntersville NC is within Mecklenburg County just north of Charlotte on Lake Norman. Almost 50,000 people live in this NASCAR capital, or so it has been labeled. Named one of SafeWise's 50 Safest Cities in North Carolina (2014), Huntersville has seen rapid growth since 1990, when the population was about 3,000. It's location near Charlotte and the popular Lake Norman make Huntersville NC a prime area for living.

The town of Huntersville NC was established in 1873, and grew with the railroad, cotton fields, and textile mills. The Virgin Manufacturing Company as one of the first cotton mills to break ground in the town.

The Battle of Cowan's Ford, the last one of the Revolution fought in the county, took place in Huntersville on February 1, 1781. Actually, the location of the battle is under the lake.

Each year the Carolina Renaissance Festival, among the largest in America, is held in Huntersville during the months of October and November.

Many international and national companies call Huntersville NC home. From Ribbermaid, SABIC Innovative Plastics, and Pactiv Corporation to Duke Power, American Tire, and Joe Gibbs Racing.

Huntersville (the first town on Lake Norman) and several other area towns have organized to create the Lake Norman Regional Economic Development Corporation, contributing to the rapid growth. Their overall goal is to encourage new business in the area.

Duke Energy built a dam on the Catawba River and the Cowans Ford Dam in 1963, thus creating the 34-mile-long Lake Norman (named for a Duke Power president). Sometimes called the "inland sea" this is the largest of all man-made lakes in North Carolina. The lake provides electricity via a hydroelectric station at the Cowans Ford dam, McGuire Nuclear Station, and Marshall Steam Station. It also provides water to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg district, Davidson, Mooresville, and Lincoln County.

Along with the NASCAR environment, Lake Norman is the biggest draw in Huntersville NC. With more than 500 miles of shoreline and access to Mountain Island Lake, residents enjoy everything from water skiing, fishing and swimming to boating, canoeing and camping.

The Historic Latta Plantation, a 1,200-acre nature preserve, is an excellent location for outdoors enthusiasts. Hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding are popular amongst the locals. The Carolina Raptor Center and Equestrian Center also make up the Preserve.

Huntersville NC's annual "Loch" Norman Highland Games are an annual event celebrating Scottish heritage. And the Arnold Palmer Birkdale Golf Club, Northstone Country Club, and Skybrook Golf Club are perfect for your golfers.

Rural Hill, the Hugh Torance House and Store, Blythe Homestead, Caldwell Station School, Holly Bend, Ingleside, Alexandria, The Bradford Farm and Store, Hopewell Presbyterian Church, Torrence-Lytle School, Oak Lawn, Erwin-Oehler House, McAuley Road Farmland, and Cedar Grove are other area attractions, properties and historic sites you'll want to visit while in Huntersville NC.


 

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