|Categories||Outdoor Attractions Parks & Forests Winter Sports|
|Address||110 E Meeting Street,
Morganton, NC 28655
Winter may be a great time to stay inside and cuddle under some blankets in the warmth but
what happens when that dreaded cabin fever starts to creep up on you? Hiking can be exactly
what you need to get your blood pumping and your sense of adventure peaking. Come to
Burke County, North Carolina and experience hiking the way it should be. Less sweat, no bugs
or snakes, and few leaves to get in the way of the amazing views. The crisp air and bright
surroundings will be sure to wake you up from the haziness of the holidays. Fun awaits in
nearby Morganton where you can visit award winning restaurants, breweries, and bottle shops
while you relax after a day full of exploring our mountain winter wonderland. While you are
here, pick out a Christmas Tree up the mountain near Jonas Ridge and Pineola.
Burke’s scenic trails include:
- Fonta Flora State Trail near Lake James- This popular trail offers scenic vistas of Lake James and includes a covered bridge.
- Shortoff Mountain Trail/ Pisgah National Forest- A moderately rated trail that climbs up from WolfPit road to the summit of Shortoff Mountain. Spectacular views of the Linville Gorge and far away peaks. Climbs 2,400 feet in 2.5 miles.
- High Shoals Falls Trail/ South Mountain State Park- This creekside trail has many wooden steps that cross the creek and makes for some spectacular long-exposure photography of the cascading water. 2 miles roundtrip. Moderate trail.
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Mt. Mitchell State Park- Highest Peak east of the Rocky Mountains
A museum explains the mountain’s cultural and natural history, and its trail network allows visitors to explore up close, offering short hikes near the summit and challenging treks leading to adjacent wilderness areas.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
A favorite day-trip from Burke County, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is about a 2-hour drive, and worth the effort.
Catawba Valley Ale Trail
The Catawba Valley Region is home to many award-winning breweries that try to use as many local ingredients as possible and strive to give back to the earth and river that they call home. Get a stamp from each location by checking in on your phone after buying food or drinks from each location. Check in to each participating brewery to qualify for a prize.
Cross the famous Mile High Swinging Bridge, photograph native wildlife in natural habitats and hike some of the South's finest alpine trails.