Dubbed “Nature’s Playground,” Morganton, N.C., situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains along the Catawba River, is home to a range of outdoor adventures as well as rich cultural amenities. From a day spent biking along Morganton’s extensive greenway system, to a relaxing evening of dinner and a Broadway show in its lively downtown, Morganton has plenty to offer.
The county seat of Burke County, Morganton has a population of around 17,000. It is located an hour east of Asheville. North Carolina has a number of state-operated facilities based in Morganton, including the North Carolina School for the Deaf as well as the second campus of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics.
Morganton, NC: rich with greenways, galleries and musicals
Downtown Morganton is brimming with art and pottery studios, galleries, locally owned boutiques, specialty shops and more. Cafes, farm-to-table restaurants, bakeries and breweries dot downtown, and food trucks often populate the town square. Its Comma Performing Arts Center is home to year-round concerts, dramatic plays, musicals and other events.
Community connectivity is big in Morganton, with the city creating a network of sidewalk, greenway and bike paths. The Morganton Greenway System consists of 5 miles of paved bike and pedestrian trails, and is part of a larger regional and state system, connecting to Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, Fonta Flora State Trail and the North Carolina Birding Trail. The city also manages more than 400 acres of land for recreational use, including two rec centers, indoor and outdoor pools, a soccer complex, baseball and softball facilities, and more than a dozen parks, including popular Catawba Meadows Park and Freedom Park.
Outdoor experiences near Morganton
Morganton boasts close proximity to a number of stunning Western North Carolina outdoor destinations. Pisgah National Forest, Lake James State Park and South Mountains State Park are all situated close to Morganton in Burke County. Linville Gorge and Linville Caverns offer the perfect day trip from Morganton. The Catawba River, which runs through Morganton and connects it to Marion, Valdese, Hickory and more area cities, offers plenty of opportunity for canoeing and kayaking.
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