Sightseeing

  • Fall Color Tours on the Ridgeline Trolley

    Fall Color Tours on the Ridgeline Trolley

    Book your Fall Color Tours on the Ridgeline Trolley. Departing Morganton on several dates in October with some dates offering wine tasting and other dates offering lunch. Call 828-433-6793 for more

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  • Hike More Adventures

    Hike More Adventures

    Outdoor Adventure Guide Service offering trips into and around the Linville Gorge near Morganton. Guided adventures, wilderness survival classes and photography classes. All trips include meals and

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  • North Carolina Birding Trail

    North Carolina Birding Trail

    The N.C. Birding Trail has 4 specific viewing sites in Burke County: Lake James State Park, South Mountain State Park, Catawba River Greenway Trail, and the South Mountain Game Lands.

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  • Pisgah National Forest

    Pisgah National Forest

    The Pisgah National Forest is a land of mile-high peaks, cascading waterfalls, and heavily forested slopes. Comprised of over 500,000 acres, the Pisgah is primarily a hardwood forest with whitewater

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  • Linville Caverns

    Linville Caverns

    North Carolina’s only show cavern, Linville Caverns is an ideal destination for visitors of all ages. Since opening to public touring in 1937, Linville Caverns has experienced many upgrades to

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  • Brown Mountain Lights

    Brown Mountain Lights

    Be one of the fortunate few to experience this centuries-old phenomenon that has intrigued residents and visitors and continues to confound scientific explanation. Described as a glowing ball of fire

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  • Blue Ridge Parkway

    Blue Ridge Parkway

    Outstanding scenery and recreational opportunities make the Blue Ridge Parkway one of the most popular units of the National Park System. “America’s Favorite Drive” winds its way 469

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  • Apple Hill Orchard and Cider Mill

    Apple Hill Orchard and Cider Mill

    Nine varieties of apples plus jams, jellies, honey, cider spices, apple-related products and homemade cider. Experience the sights and tastes of a family-owned apple orchard. Open August to December.

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  • Waldensian Presbyterian Church

    Waldensian Presbyterian Church

    The history of the Waldensian Presbyterian Church is so intertwined with the history of the town of Valdese that it is impossible to study one without embracing the other. In education and industry,

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  • Waldensian Heritage Museum

    Waldensian Heritage Museum

    Founded by the Waldensian Presbyterian Church and opened to the public in 1974, the museum offers artifacts and special exhibits remembering the early Italian settlers that founded Valdese in the late

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  • Waldensian Trail of Faith

    Waldensian Trail of Faith

    The Trail of Faith is a series of exhibits that recall the passion and determination of the area's early Waldensian settlers. Buildings, caves and monuments document the history and journey of the

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  • The History Museum of Burke County

    The History Museum of Burke County

    The History Museum of Burke County is dedicated to preserving and displaying the heritage of Burke County for current and future generations. Special exhibits and events are scheduled during the year

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  • Quaker Meadows Cemetery

    Quaker Meadows Cemetery

    In 1767, Joseph McDowell created the cemetery when his grandson, David, died. The cemetery is the earliest identified site associated with white settlement in western North Carolina. During the next

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  • Mount Mitchell State Park

    Mount Mitchell State Park

    The highest point east of the Mississippi River. Mount Mitchell rises more than a mile high, surrounded by the gentle mist of low-hanging clouds.

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  • McGalliard Falls Park

    McGalliard Falls Park

    Four lighted tennis courts, a volleyball court, playground swings, picnic facilities and restrooms in addition to the natural attraction of the 40 ft. high McGalliard Falls. The picnic shelter may be

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  • McDowell House at Quaker Meadows

    McDowell House at Quaker Meadows

    Built in 1812 by Captain Charles McDowell, Jr., this restored home of classic federal style architecture portrays life in the 19th century.

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  • Linville Gorge Wilderness Area

    Linville Gorge Wilderness Area

    Some of western North Carolina’s most remarkable landmarks reside in the gorge, including Linville Falls, Table Rock Mountain, Shortoff and Hawksbill Mountains, the Chimneys and Sitting Bear.

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  • Lake James State Park

    Lake James State Park

    Just 20 minutes from Downtown Morganton on NC Hwy 126 is the main entrance of the Lake James State Park. Tucked away in rolling hills at the base of Linville Gorge, Lake James includes 6,510 surface

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  • Lake James

    Lake James

    At the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains not far from the charming towns of Morganton and Marion in Western North Carolina lies Lake James, a pristine lake fed by three rivers. Surrounded by ancient

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  • Grandfather Mountain

    Grandfather Mountain

    Within an hour's drive of Morganton is the world famous Grandfather Mountain. Amazing scenery. Bountiful wildlife. Trails and picnic facilities.

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