About Lexington, NC

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 General Information: 

  • Population: 19,000+
  • Settled in 1775 and Incorporated in 1828 by the North Carolina General Assembly 
  • Became the county seat of Davidson County in 1847
  • Often referred to as the "Barbecue Capital of the World" with a long heritage in "Lexington style" barbecue and furniture making
  • Home to nationally acclaimed artist Bob Timberlake and NASCAR racing legend Richard Childress


Lexington is centrally located in the heart of the Piedmont Triad area and only minutes away from several metropolitan areas: 

  • High Point- 18.5 miles
  • Winston-Salem- 23.5 miles 
  • Greensboro- 32 miles
  • Charlotte- 63 miles 

North Carolina Passenger TrainLexington offers convenient access for air and rail travel. Freight carriers such as Winston-Salem Southbound and Norfolk Southern serve the area and passenger access via Amtrak is only 15 minutes away in Salisbury or High Point. As identified in City Council's goals, the City is working with the Rail Division of the NC Department of Transportation to secure a passenger rail stop in Lexington. For all your travel information needs, please visit our transportation page.

Outdoors: Kayaking on the Yadkin

Lexington is just a few hours from the beautiful beaches of both North and South Carolina and less than 2 hours from a relaxing scenic mountain ride along the Blue Ridge Parkway. 

If a day cooling off on the lake or river is more your style, High Rock Lake, City LakeLake Thom-a-Lex and The Yadkin River are minutes away from the City center, featuring amenities such as boating, fishing, playground and picnic areas.

The wine enthusiast can spend an entire weekend touring the four vineyards, wineries and tasting rooms that make up the Southern Gateway Wine Trail. The wineries include:

Childress Winery




If you enjoy shopping, Lexington's Uptown District offers many unique options. Discover country antiques, vintage collectibles, a grocery store established in 1919 and a variety of other treasures. While strolling past the stores, enjoy the City's free outdoor wireless internet service, which blankets more than twelve blocks in the Uptown district.  

Street festivals are also abundant in Uptown Lexington with the granddaddy of them all, the Lexington Barbecue Festival.

More Information:

Visit Lexington Visitor's Center, located at 2 North Main Street or sign up for eNews.

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