Winter Hikes

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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