Attractions

  • South Mountain Distilling Company

    South Mountain Distilling Company

    At South Mountain Distilling Co., we plan to share our family’s history of making South Mountain Spirits. Our products are derived from family recipes, handed down for generations. Also, South

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  • Rock School Art Galleries- : Located in the Old Rock School.

    Rock School Art Galleries- : Located in the Old Rock School.

    The Rock School Arts Foundation mission is to offer new and enriching exhibition, program, and art education for adults and children; serve as a cultural destination for tourists and visitors; and act

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  • Village Park Mural

    Village Park Mural

    : The Valdese Village Park Mural is a stunning outdoor painting and small picnic park on Main Street in Valdese. Spanning the depth of the building and visually integrated adjoining landscaping, this

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  • Fall Color Reports

    Fall Color Reports

    Click link for Fall Color Reports!!!

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  • Brown Mountain BottleWorks

    Brown Mountain BottleWorks

    The area’s local bottle shop experience! Hundreds of selections from the craft beer, cider, and wine world – with a focus on NC products. Also featuring amazing food selections, including

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  • 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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  • Hamilton Williams Gallery

    Hamilton Williams Gallery

    Hamilton Williams Gallery is Morganton’s top arts destination, featuring the fine craft of artisans from the Appalachian region and beyond. The restored 100 year-old building provides a

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  • Ridgeline Trolley & Tours

    Ridgeline Trolley & Tours

    Available for Weddings, Special Events, Family Reunions, Business Outings, Birthday Parties, and other transportation needs. The trolley features air-conditioning, heat, on-board electrical inverter

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  • Treat

    Treat

    Treat Restaurant and Bar is an eatery known for its wide variety of menu offerings, served with a “layered eating” Tapas style flare. The restaurant and bar boasts a menu that

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  • Riverside Golf & RV Park

    Riverside Golf & RV Park

    Randy’s Custom Golf at Riverside Golf and RV Park offers a full service golf shop, driving range, miniature golf and RV Park. Here at Randy’s Custom Golf at Riverside Golf and RV Park we

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  • On the Fly Guide Service

    On the Fly Guide Service

    Fly Fishing Only Guide Service – We specialize in having a good time in the mountains of NC! 20 Years of putting clients in touch with fish on the fly! Our home waters are the Catawba River

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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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  • Morganton Downtown

    Morganton Downtown

    Downtown Morganton, a fun place to live, work, play, shop and do business.

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  • Foothills Regional Airport…formerly Morganton/Lenoir (KMRN)

    Foothills Regional Airport…formerly Morganton/Lenoir (KMRN)

    Conveniently located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with quick driving access to Boone, Blowing Rock, Banner Elk, Morganton, Lenoir and Hickory, the Foothills Reigonal Airport (KMRN) is

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  • Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail

    Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail

    The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail commemorates the patriot unification, march and battles leading up to the Battle of Kings Mountain. Portions of the trail can be visited in any season.

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  • Belle Nicho Winery

    Belle Nicho Winery

    Belle Nicho is a new winery in Nebo, North Carolina. Established in 2012, the winery midway between South Creek and Silver Fork Wineries. They produce wines from French-American hybrids, native grapes

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  • Loe’s Brewing

    Loe’s Brewing

    Local Microbrewery located in the great North Carolina Mountains. We focus on producing the finest ales and lagers using the freshest, and rarest ingredients. Open Mon-Thurs, 4- 10, Fri- Sat. 11- 11.

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  • Carolina Distillery

    Carolina Distillery

    At Carolina Distillery, located in historic downtown Lenoir, North Carolina, We distill our single-barrel Apple Brandy utilizing a generations-old family recipe. Our brandy is hand-crafted in a copper

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  • Howard Brewing

    Howard Brewing

    Howard Brewing Company is a craft brewery in Lenoir, North Carolina at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We’d love for you to come and share a pint of beer fresh from the brewery! We

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  • Defiant Distillery Tours

    Defiant Distillery Tours

    Blue Ridge Distilling Co. is founded on the quest for true quality. It has been said that the devil is in the details, and there is a vast amount of detail in distilling. It is our attention to these

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  • Awakenings Spa

    Awakenings Spa

    Awakenings Spa is a “shoes off” sanctuary designed to be cozy and comfortable. Long-term neighbors and short-term guests to our amazing downtown can feel welcome, warm and pampered.

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  • Fonta Flora Brewery

    Fonta Flora Brewery

    Fonta Flora Brewery is the most unique and quaint water’n hole in Western North Carolina. Fonta Flora Brewery integrates the soul of agriculture with the artisanship of zymurgy to create a

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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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  • South Creek Vineyard & Winery

    South Creek Vineyard & Winery

    Enjoy an award winning Bordeaux style wine on the deck at this charming century old Italian Renaissance Farmhouse. Take in the panoramic view complemented by grazing horses, meander through the

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  • Valdese Heritage Arts Center

    Valdese Heritage Arts Center

    The Valdese Heritage Arts Center features arts and crafts by local artists

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  • Oak Hill Ironworks

    Oak Hill Ironworks

    Located near Lake James, Oak Hill Ironworks vision is one of quality craftsmanship, personalization and integrity. The company creates architectural metalwork, fine ornamental iron, and hand-forged

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  • The Beanstalk Zip Lines at Catawba Meadows Park

    The Beanstalk Zip Lines at Catawba Meadows Park

    The Beanstalk Zip Lines is a great adventure for the entire family. The exciting zip line course takes you first across sky bridges then from treehouse to treehouse suspended from a series of zip

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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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  • 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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  • North Carolina School for the Deaf

    North Carolina School for the Deaf

    The North Carolina School for the Deaf was established in 1894 as a day/residential facility for the education of children who are deaf and hard of hearing.

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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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  • 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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  • Historic Burke County Courthouse

    Historic Burke County Courthouse

    Stepping into Burke County’s Historical courthouse is like stepping back in time. Listen intently and you can almost hear the shots fired by William Waightstill Avery, one of Burke Countys

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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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  • Waldensian Heritage Winery

    Waldensian Heritage Winery

    Specialty wines available at the Waldensian Heritage Winery include Concord, Niagara, Seyval, Vudal, Cayguga, Delware and Catawba.

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  • Signature Studio & Gallery

    Signature Studio & Gallery

    Signature Studio and Gallery is a community art and craft gallery showcasing the creative expression of adults with with intellectual and developmental disabilities and emerging local artists.  Hours

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  • Old Rock School

    Old Rock School

    The Old Rock School hosts Bluegrass concerts, performing arts, art galleries, model train museum and Valdese Travel and Tourism.

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  • Burke Arts Council- Jailhouse Gallery

    Burke Arts Council- Jailhouse Gallery

    Local and regional art and craft exhibits presented by the Burke County Arts Council. Local art on display and available for purchase in the Gallery Gift Shop. Open Monday – Saturday, 10am to

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  • Benjamin F. Long Fresco Trail

    Benjamin F. Long Fresco Trail

    Fresco Paintings are water based pigments that are freshly applied to plaster, (wall surfaces) mainly used for murals. This giant ceiling mural may be the largest in the southeast U.S.

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