When most people hear about the town of Denver, they immediately think of Colorado. But, yes, there really is a Denver in North Carolina! Sitting on the west side of Lake Norman, and about 30-45 minutes from Charlotte, the town was originally called “Dry Pond’ because of its swampy area. Because the town wanted to obtain rail service, they changed the name to Denver to make it sound more appealing to the railroad (who would want to come to Dry Pond?). Unfortunately, even with the name change, the railroad decided not to bring a line through the town. Without the growth that the rail service would bring, Denver’s revenue was such that they couldn’t even maintain the streets.
Offering a wide variety of activities, attractions and entertainment because of its location, from fishing and boating on the lake to ballet in the city, Denver is a great place to live. Town festivals have included the annual Denver Days Event which bring fair rides for the kids, wonderful musicians and live entertainment, while gathering businesses and vendor booths for the adults, and is held every September. In early July, the community gets together for fireworks usually held on the campus of East Lincoln High School.
To the west, in Lincolnton, the yearly Apple Festival is an epic event where the entire downtown fills with vendors, rides, live entertainment, and lots of smiling faces.
With the Great Smoky Mountains and The Blue Ridge mountains, with their trails, beautiful vistas, and parks are just a two hour or so drive away to the north! Rock Springs Campground is just outside of the center of town. Widely known for the historic Rock Springs Camp Meetings, Denver hosts annual religious gatherings which have continued for over 200 years.
Though Denver has grown since the early days, it still maintains the ‘small town’ feeling, making it a great place to visit and even a better place to live. Many of the residents are content with the absence of lots of traffic and stores, as it makes for a more peaceful community. On the southern side of Denver, where US-16 meets US-73, you’ll find restaurants, stores and service centers. When specific restaurants, entertainment, and shopping is wanted, a quick trip to either Mooresville
or into Charlotte will give you more options than you would ever need.