Located along the western shore of Lake Norman in Lincoln County, Denver is a town of a little over 3,000 residents. Denver is conveniently situated on North Carolina Highway 16 and just a 30 minute drive away from the quickly growing metropolis of Charlotte. This family-friendly community is an ideal location for anyone looking for a more laid back, rural setting with easy access to city life.


Denver, North Carolina has an interesting history in that it is the site of The Battle Of Cowan’s Ford, which was fought during the Revolutionary War on February 1, 1781. In 1873 the town was renamed Denver after having been known as “Dry Pond” for almost 100 years. When the Catawba River was dammed in 1964 creating Lake Norman, the town became a lakefront location. Although the town was officially incorporated in North Carolina in 1877, it lost this status in 1971 and has remained unincorporated. However as the nearby city of Charlotte has experienced tremendous growth in the past few decades, smaller towns such as Denver have developed as well. With many families and businesses moving to the area, Denver would be a great place to settle. 

Lifestyle & Area Attractions

Living in a quiet lakefront town, Denver residents can enjoy everything that the beautiful Lake Norman has to offer: swimming, boating, fishing, and so much more. Rock Springs Nature Preserve is a great place to go for a walk, run, or bike ride. The park has a paved trail and a playground, as well as an outdoor classroom and wildlife viewing spot. Denver Baptist Mountain Bike Trails is another great spot to enjoy a walk or do some biking. Although it is a small town, there are a variety of restaurants including Daddy K’s BBQ, a local favorite for southern cooking. This growing town is also home to various festivals and celebrations throughout the year, such as an annual community holiday parade and a three day fall festival called Denver Days. Denver’s location makes it convenient for a fun weekend getaway with the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains being only a short 2 hour drive away. The city of Charlotte’s close proximity to Denver also offers many opportunities for fun whether it’s cheering on the Carolina Panthers at a home game, or enjoying one of the city’s many restaurants.

General Information

Denver is part of the Lincoln County Schools public school system, which has a number of public elementary, middle, and high schools in the area. This includes Rock Springs Elementary School, St James Elementary School, Catawba Springs Elementary School, North Lincoln Middle School, and East Lincoln High School. Private and charter schools nearby include Denver Christian Academy, Starboard Christian Academy, and Lincoln Charter School. Some excellent colleges close by include Lenoir-Rhyne University, Gaston College, Davidson College, University of North Carolina Charlotte, and many more.

Top industries in the area are manufacturing, construction, and healthcare. Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center and Atrium Health Lincoln are both large employers within driving distance of Denver, and there are also multiple private practices within the town. Some top companies in the construction industry include Foundation Doctor, Green Branch Construction, Inc., and Collin Homes, Inc. Lincoln County Schools also provides many jobs in the education field, as it is the public school district that serves Denver, NC.

Fun Facts

The Rock Spring Camp Meeting, a Christian retreat held annually in August, has been held in Denver for almost 200 years! With the meeting’s origins dating back to 1794, the Denver campsite for the event was built in 1830 and the meeting has been held at the same location every year since. Approximately 15,000 people of various denominations attend from nearby counties as a time-honored tradition.


School Name Phone Students*
Asbury Academy (704)736-4766 37
Battleground Elementary (704)735-3146 394
Catawba Springs Elementary (704)736-1895 548
Childers Elementary (704)736-9610 466
East Lincoln High (704)736-1860 975
East Lincoln Middle (704)732-0761 687
GE Massey Elementary (704)735-2322 350
Iron Station Elementary (704)736-4292 440
LCST (704)732-4084 0
Lincolnton High (704)735-3089 780
Lincolnton Middle (704)735-1120 677
Love Memorial Elementary (704)735-5649 299
North Brook Elementary (704)276-2479 372
North Lincoln High (704)736-1969 994
North Lincoln Middle (704)736-0262 717
Pumpkin Center Intermediate (704)736-1504 331
Pumpkin Center Primary (704)736-1394 317
Rock Springs Elementary (704)483-2281 584
S Ray Lowder Elementary (704)735-2741 322
St James Elementary (704)736-1958 596
Union Elementary (704)276-1493 282
West Lincoln High (704)736-9453 824
West Lincoln Middle (704)276-1760 579