Hi firechild. I honestly haven't looked too hard for any spots in our area, because I have them growing in my back yard
I have a small creek that goes through my back yard with lots of tulip poplars, and I usually walk along that creek. There haven't been as many this year in these spots, and I'll find some that are dried out while others that are fresh. I wouldn't mind finding some other areas in Hickory, though. The first places I'd look would be around creeks or other moist areas. They love to grow around tulip poplar trees. About every one I've found in my spot are within a few feet of poplars. The one thing that's certain about morels, though, is that they will grow when and where they want. There are no guarantees. In Iowa, where I grew up, it was easy to find bunches of them. If you found one there, there would be many more around it. Here, though, they are fewer and farther between. I'll spend an hour only to find 4 or 5. I know there has got to be some good spots around here though. Better hurry, because I have a feeling we're running short on time. I'm guessing this will be the last weekend to find them.