I’ve lived in High Point for 25 years and love it! We are right in the middle of the Piedmont Triad, so both Greensboro and Winston-Salem are a short drive away. While High Point is the ninth largest city in North Carolina (population around 109,000), its neighborhoods have that small town feel.
Often called the “Furniture Capital of the World” the city’s population almost doubles for a couple of weeks each year for the International High Point Market. Downtown High Point is home to dozens of huge showrooms. Near downtown is the prestigious High Point University, founded in 1924.
The city got its name since it was the highest point on the railroad between Charlotte and Goldsboro in the 1850s. It’s central location lead to it becoming a leading manufacturer center. Another interesting fact is that High Point is the only city in North Carolina that exists in four counties: Davidson, Forsyth, Guilford and Randolph.
There are many things to do in High Point. Here is just a sampling:.
- High Point City Lake Park: Recreation and amusement park on the beautiful lake with boating, fishing, paddle boats, picnic areas, fishing boat and canoe rentals, historic carousel, train, waterslide, largest outdoor swimming pool in the state, miniature golf and playgrounds.
- Piedmont Environmental Center: Next to High Point City Lake, find hiking trails, nature preserve, small animal exhibits, and an 8-mile paved greenway for hiking and biking.
- Oak Hollow Lake Park: This 1,500-acre lake has boating, water-skiing, sailing, fishing, indoor/outdoor tennis center, picnic areas, campground, and an overlook park. Nearby is the 18-hole golf course.
- High Point Community Theatre: See American musicals, dramas and comedies performed by local actors.
- High Point Museum and Historical Park: Learn all about the fascinating history of High Point, including the 1786 Haley House.
- Castle McCulloch Gold Mill: This former gold processing center is now the home to many fun special events and festivals.
- Rosetta C. Baldwin Museum: See a typical home of a southern African American family during the mid-twentieth century.
- Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library: World’s largest collection of books on the history of furniture and interior design.
- Sechrest Gallery: Located on the campus of High Point University, see 18th and 19th century British Art with rotating exhibitions.
- Theatre Art Galleries: See exhibitions of contemporary visual art.
- World’s Largest Chest of Drawers: This iconic symbol of the city since 1926 has appeared on many postcards and TV shows throughout the years.
I’ll be delighted to show you around High Point and tour the neighborhoods, including Emerywood, Deep River, Hickswood Forest, Austin Downs and Oak Hollow Estates.