Burke County NC
“Where the Mountains Meet the Water”

Burke County is located in the foothills of Western North Carolina. The city of Morganton is the county seat. Burke County has played some parts throughout history. The city of Morganton was one of the first Native American settlements in North Carolina. Then the Spanish came and claimed it as a part of the Florida territory building five forts which where all burned by the Indians. The county was named after Thomas Burke who was later elected as governor of North Carolina. Much of Burke county over the years was reformed in to some of the surrounding counties such as Caldwell, Rutherfordton, Yancey and McDowell.

Burke county has turned itself towards tourism with popular places such as Lake James and Lake Rhodhiss. Other places of interest include Table Rock, a prominent peak in the county in the east rim of Linville Gorge, part of Pisgah National Forest, and has been described as “the most visible symbol in the region”.

  • Linville Caverns
  • Linville Falls
  • Linville Gorge Wilderness
  • Wiseman’s View
  • Table Rock
  • Lake James State Park
  • Brown Mountain Lights
  • South Mountains State Park

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