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Alexander County residents enjoy a variety of recreational activities. The Catawba River and Lake Hickory offer opportunities for fishing, swimming, and boating. The Alexander County Recreation Department operates several public parks that offer outdoor activities such as tennis, softball, football, basketball, horseshoes, volleyball, jogging, walking, picnicking, and children’s playgrounds.

Additionally, the Department sponsors a wide variety of organized sports teams for children and adults. Several private recreational facilities that offer motor sports, paint ball and swimming are also located in the county.

The Hiddenite area offers rock hounds the year-round opportunity to dig for precious stones such as emeralds, sapphires, garnets, smoky quartz, tourmaline, clear quartz, aquamarine, sillimanite, monazite and rutile.

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The H & H Arena hosts two annual national circuit rodeos, in addition to several other horseback and western related events. The arena is also home of the Happy Trails Cowboy Church that meets weekly on Monday nights.

The Brushy Mountain Golf Club in Taylorsville is an 18-hole championship course with year-round golfing, special tournaments and exciting golfing events. Rivercrest at Oliver’s Landing is an 18-hole championship course that features rolling fairways, unique design characteristics and undulating greens. Both courses have a practice putting green, practice range, full-service pro shop and PGA professionals on site to help with your golf games.

The Town of Taylorsville offers a seven-acre park featuring play equipment for preschool and youth, swings, volleyball area, a 2,000-foot walking path and restrooms. Lighted walking tracks are located at Bethlehem Elementary, East Alexander Park and Alexander Central High, Salem Park, and Old Wittenburg School. Hickory Cove Bible Camp is a beautiful facility surrounded by Lake Hickory, offering Christian camping retreats for all ages and providing programs for spiritual and physical growth.

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The Bethlehem community joins together the first Thursday evening of December to light the Bethlehem star. This is an excellent way to begin the Christmas festivities.

The Alexander County YMCA in Taylorsville offers fitness classes, karate, a complete gym and sports programs.

The Senior Center of Alexander County, a 4,000-square- foot facility, offers programs that promote an active lifestyle and enhance the lives of the senior population.

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