Certified Retirement Community

Lenoir is proud to be a NC Certified Retirement Community!Map Outline of Lenoir North Carolina

Experience the Beauty of Our Natural Resources

Nature carved the Blue Ridge mountain ranges that surround our community. Walking paths, hiking trails, bike paths, and the Lenoir Greenway offer opportunities for fitness. The Retire NCCatawba River Valley and Wilson Creek, a National Wild and Scenic River, provide excellent boating, fishing, and kayaking.

Enjoy Our Music & Art

From the 20 foot sculpture Across the Grain, by Thomas Sayre to the whimsical outdoor sculpture pieces of Tuckers Gallery, sculpture is around every corner in our community. In fact, Lenoir has more pieces of sculpture per capita than any other city in the United States. In September of each year, the Caldwell Arts Council hosts a Sculpture Celebration which attracts artists from all over the nation.

Our rich musical heritage varies from classical musician Joseph Robinson, principal oboist in the New York Philharmonic to Country Music star Eric Church. Lenoir musicians are prominently featured on the Blue Ridge Natural Heritage Music Trail.

Explore Our Historic Downtown

Enjoy free Wi-Fi while visiting the unique shops and businesses that make up the heart of Lenoir. All of the following businesses and products are within walking distance of the square:

  • Antiques
  • Beautiful yarn and fabrics
  • Collectibles
  • Health and beauty products
  • Jewelry
  • Old-fashioned hardware staples


Downtown restaurants and micro-breweries feature:

  • Beverages
  • Delectable desserts
  • Deli sandwiches
  • Home-cooked soups
  • Savory pasta and pizzas

Engage with a Caring & Cared For CommunityNC Certified

There’s a reason our city was recognized as one of the friendliest in western North Carolina and one of the most progressive in finding new ways to deliver healthcare services.

Empower Yourself

Learn a new skill or enjoy a cultural opportunity at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute or nearby Appalachian State University. Enjoy cultural performances at the Broyhill Civic Center or a football week-end in the mountains.

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