If you are fishing or boating on High Rock Lake, North Carolina’s second largest lake, you must make a stop in Lexington – a small but lively town just a few miles north of its shores. This city with less than 20,000 inhabitants is a place laden with history, culture and an endless passion for pork barbecue.
Here are some of the most fun things to do and see in Lexington, NC:
Lexington in a nutshell
Most people who travel for the first time through these parts of North Carolina stop in Greensboro, Winston Salem or High Point. People who have been roaming this area of Davidson County know that a stop in Lexington is more than worthwhile.
Lexington takes its name from the city with the same name in Massachusetts where the first fight of the American Revolutionary War took place. The first settlers came here around 1775, but the area developed into a town starting with 1838 when the textile and furnishing industries took off, and which are viable to this day.
“The Barbecue Capital of the World”
That’s what the people of Lexington call their city. The local community has an old tradition and an ever-growing love for barbecue. Every year since 1984, they have been hosting the Lexington Barbecue Festival. This event is one of the largest street food celebrations in the entire state of North Carolina and brings thousands of tourists from all over the country.
Some of the local specialties include Lexington-style pork shoulder barbecue, which you serve it with red slaw – a type of coleslaw that replaces mayonnaise with ketchup. Every restaurant in town has its own recipes for barbecue that are well-kept secrets passed from one generation to the next.
Pigs in the city
The people in Lexington do not stop at barbecuing pigs, they also celebrate them through an annual celebration that sees thousands of pig sculptures displayed all over town. This trend started in 2003 and grew to enormous popularity, as the latest celebrations counted over 40,000 tourists coming in just so they can take a selfie with the porky molds.
Boone’s Cave Park
One of the main attractions of Lexington, NC is the area which many believe to have been Daniel Boone’s home for a few years as he and his family was hiding from the Roving Indians. While there is no archeological evidence to back the presence of the famous American pioneer and frontiersman in these parts, people still keep the legend alive.
The park contains a small cave, which might have been Boone’s residence for a few years. A lovely hiking trail that stretches for almost 7 miles will take nature lovers through a fun and relaxing hike, while the third largest cotton tree in the state will impress them with its enormous stature. The imposing tree is 169 feet (51.5 m) tall, more than 16 feet (4.8 m) around the trunk and the canopy is 109 feet (33.2 m) wide.