Morganton NC Area Information & Links
There is an abundance of scenic attractions in our local area. There are waterfalls including Linville Falls, Upper Creek Falls, Lower Creek Falls, and more. The Appalachian Trail routes through our area. The Blue Ridge Parkway is a few miles further North, Linville Caverns ans Linville Gorge are closer to the north. Grandfather Mountain, Table Rock, Hawk’s Bill, Wiseman’s View, and The Brown Mountain Lights are all local attractions.
The High Country in western North Carolina has the highest elevation east of the Rockies at Mount Mitchell, with an elevation of 6,684 feet.
Linville Caverns resides deep inside of Humpback Mountain and is North Carolina’s only caverns. These natural limestone caverns feature stalactite and stalagmite formations and an underground stream. Guided tours are 30 – 40 minutes in length through the caverns and picture taking is permitted. The caverns is located near Linville Falls and four miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Linville Falls drops almost 100 feet into the 12-mile long Linville Gorge. Enjoy spectacular views of waterfall surrounded by the steep walls of the gorge. Linville Falls is the most photographed waterfall in North Carolina. It is located off the Blue Ridge Parkway. You can hike to five viewpoints on two trails that leave the Visitors Center that offers restrooms and an information center (open May-October and weekends in April).
Located off the Blue Ridge Parkway, a nature biosphere reserve Grandfather Mountain is a mountain and state park near Linville, North Carolina. At 5,946 feet (1,818 m), it is the highest peak on the eastern escarpment of the Blue Ridge Mountains, one of the major chains of the Appalachian Mountains. The Blue Ridge Parkway passes by the south side of the mountain. It is located at the meeting point of Avery, Caldwell, and Watauga Counties. www.grandfather.com
Old Hampton Store Barbecue & Ruffin Street Art Gallery
The Old Hampton Store today is a thriving place to gather for fun, family, food, art and crafts, and live bluegrass music. If you are looking for unusual gift items and a great meal, stop in, explore and shop in an authentic old-fashioned store and gristmill. Eat in or take out a variety of items including great barbecue and sourdough bread baked daily. The 87 Ruffin Street Art Gallery features the work of local and regional folk artists, potters, figurative wood carvers, glass artists and painters. This unique gallery also carries beautiful furniture handcrafted by local artists from local woods. www.oldhamptonstorenc.com
For an old-fashioned day in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Tweetsie Railroad is an unforgettable family experience. Tweetsie Railroad is a unique High Country attraction that incorporates historic steam locomotive Number 12, Thomas the Train, cowboys, Indians, engineers, animals, and loads of rides and live entertainment. Tweetsir Railroad is located on Hwy 321 between Boone and Blowing Rock.
Woolly Worm Festival
Since 1978, the residents of Banner Elk, Sugar Mountain and Beech Mountain villages have celebrated the coming of the snow season with The Woolly Worm Festival. The third weekend in October determines which worm will have the honor of predicting the severity of the coming winter. You will find great food, a woad wace, live entertainment, and lots of arts and craft vendors. In 2010 50,000 turned out to attend the event in the small town of Banner Elk. www.woollywormbannerelk.com
Jonas Ridge Snow Tubing
Jonas Ridge Snow tubing, an amazing activity that requires no lessons. Just a requirement to have fun. Jonas Ridge Snow tubing is an exciting activity for you and the whole family. Its easy grab your special made inner-tube, take the conveyor to the top and hold on for an exhilarating ride down one of the six lanes on the hill. Get back up and do it again , and again., and again. After tubing warm up inside by the fireplace or watch from the observation deck. Come and visit us for a safe and fun family atmosphere in the high country of North Carolina, at Jonas Ridge Snow Tubing. www.jonasridgesnowtube.com