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The Historic Morganton Area is a wonderful retreat, with plenty to do.  There are wonderful festivals and events held year-round.  Antiques shopping, historical site tours, fishing and boating, horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking...and even skiing, are all within a short drive.

Morganton is located 50 miles east of Asheville and 25 miles west of Hickory, which makes for an easy drive for even more adventures!

Events & Attractions in the Morganton Area

Annual Festivals



Downtown Morganton Events Calendar -- Car Shows, Art Events, & Live Concerts in the Park Every Friday during Summer Months!

Biltmore Estate

(45 minute drive to Asheville)

America's largest private residence. Tours of the Biltmore

Quaker Meadows Plantation,


Restored, Federal-Style Plantation House built in 1812 that was a center of social activity in antebellum Burke County. Open to public.

Apple Hill Orchard & Cider Mill,


Family owned and operated since 1930's, The Apple Hill Orchard grows peaches, nectarines, and eleven varieties of apples.  Also offers jams, jellies, honey, cider spices, and apple products.  Open from August to Christmas.

Lake James Cellars Winery,

Glen Alpine

Lake James Cellars offers a wide variety of handcrafted wines, as well as antique shopping.  Enjoy tasting from a huge variety of excellent wines!

Brown Mountain Lights Overlook,


The mystery of the Brown Mountain Lights has attracted thousands over the years.  The appearance of lights of an unknown origin are visible on clear nights from vantage points along Hwy 181.

Jailhouse Art Gallery,


The old, renovated Morganton jail now offers art exhibits and craft shows.
Downtown Morganton Explore more than 75 shops, boutiques, antique shops, and art galleries in the historic downtown district.

CoMMA - Theatre & Arts,


Always a great performance

Catawba Meadows Park,


Walking paths, nature trails, picnic facilities, and fishing pier.  Canoe, Bike, and Rafting Rentals.

Martha's Park

An INCREDIBLE Children's Park in Downtown Morganton with an awesome water feature kids love!

Lake James State Park,


The Lake James State Park occupies 565 acres on the southern shore of the 6,500 acre lake.  The park features boat ramps, horseshoe pits, a small swim area, short hiking trails with lake overlooks, canoe rentals, and concession stand.  Nature programs, including guided hikes, are also scheduled each month.

Waldensian Historic Sites,


The Waldensians are an ancient branch of Christianity which predate Martin Luther.  In 1893, a group of Waldensians settled in Valdese.  The Waldensian Museum, "From This Day Forward" Drama, and The Trail of Faith documents the trials of these people.  McGalliard Falls Park features a replica grist mill which edges a 45 foot waterfall. 

South Mountains State Park

(20 miles south of Morganton)

The South Mountain State Park has 12,800 acres that offer waterfalls, stream fishing, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, picnicking, and nature viewing.

Blue Ridge Parkway,

Jonas Ridge

The Blue Ridge Parkway entrance is about 30 miles north and is designated as one of the most scenic by-ways in the U.S., with lots to do along the way.

Pisgah National Forest and Linville Gorge Wilderness Area,


This rugged terrain is a 12,002 acres formed between Linville Mountain to the west and Jonas Ridge on the east.  Various rock formations are a must-see: Sitting Bear, Hawksbill, the Chimneys, and Table Rock.  This a great area for hiking as the Linville River runs through the area along with two very scenic points, Linville Gorge and Wiseman's View.  Fishing opportunities are also available.

Grandfather Mountain,


Grandfather Mountain is the highest peak in the Blue Ridge and is the only private park in the world designated by the United Nations as an International Biosphere Reserve.  Outstanding hiking trails, the famous Mile High Swinging Bridge, nature museum, and great views are featured in the park. 

Linville Caverns,


North Carolina's only caverns are open year-round.  Linville Caverns are located between Linville and Marion.
Chimney Rock Park Film site of "The Last of the Mohicans, Chimney Rock provides incredible 75 mile views, hiking trails, and a 404 foot waterfall.
Historic Burke Properties Tour Burke County's historical buildings and sites.
Furniture Shopping,


20 miles of furniture shopping and malls with all of the major brands. 
Fishing and Boating Burke County has 3 large lakes: James, Rhodiss, and Hickory.  These lakes feature pan fish, bass, and catfish.  Lake James also features walleye and Rhodiss and Hickory have stripped bass.  There are also several fishing ponds with trout and carp.  Stream fishing along the Catawba River is also available and features trout fishing in Pisgah National Forest on the north side of the county.  There are various boat rental companies available.
Mountain Biking Bring your bikes or rent equipment and tour the many available bike paths at South Mountains State Park and on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Horseback Riding Poco Rhythm Ranch offers horseback riding for the entire family.


(1 hour drive to

Blowing Rock)

Appalachian Ski Mountain offers skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating from Thanksgiving through late March. 




A wealth of area shops will have you shopping until your car can hold no more.

Handy Morganton Links:

Burke County Travel & Tourism

Burke County Chamber of Commerce

The Burke Arts Council

The Morgaton Herald Newspaper

Historic Burke County Foundation

Surrounding Towns:






Blowing Rock

Old Fort

Lake Lure

Chimney Rock




Fairway Oaks Bed & Breakfast

Silver Creek Plantation Golf Course


4640 Plantation Drive

Morganton, North Carolina 28655


Hosts: Bernie & Joyce Pierce

We look forward to accommodating you!

Phone: 828.584.7677

Email: fairwayoaks@charter.net

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