One of the state's most rugged areas, South Mountain State Park features elevations to 3,000 feet, an 80 ft. waterfall, mountain streams and more than 40 miles of trails for hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers.
The South Mountains, carved out of the Blue Ridge by erosion, are a broad belt of peaks and knobs rising abruptly from a deep valley. These steep, rugged mountains encompass 100,000 acres in Burke, Cleveland & Rutherford Counties.
Don't let the small town feel and charm fool you, Morganton & Burke County has great scenery, fine dining, national parks (South Mountains State Park, Table Rock Mountain, Mount Mitchell State Park, Linville Gorge Wilderness area, Lake James State Park, Grandfather Mountain, Catawba River Greenway Park, Catawba Meadows Park, Benjamin F. Long Fresco Trail, Brown Mountain (lights), Lineville Caverns and a connection to the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Hickory was once known as the Furniture Capital of the World is now a booming place where city folks come and watch the cows eat, slop down Bar-B-Que, shop at Flea Markets and Farmer's Markets while bragging about the past and how it's still visible today throughout the county.
Hickory is the principal city in the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton MSA that caters to over 365,000 people.
Just minutes from I-40 & I-85 in the heart of the North Carolina Piedmont, Lincolnton is ideally located for day trips to Hickory, Charlotte and Gastonia.
Folks with quieter tastes find Lincolnton to be an excellent place to stay. A population of just over 100,000, Lincolnton has maintained its small town charm while providing big city opportunities. Come and wonder why it took so long to find us.
Big-city sophistication, small-town charm and southern hospitality are just a few of the qualities that help define the wonderful Cleveland County community.
Cleveland County has a lot to offer for both residents and visitors, located just 45 min from Charlotte, it sits in the center of Crowder's Mountain State Park, South Mountain State Park, Kings Mountain State Park and Kings Mountain National Military Park.
North Carolina and all the folks that live here take pride in everything that is available starting with the Outer Banks all the way across to the Blue Ridge Mountains.
If there's anything you enjoy doing, you'll find an excellent spot here in North Carolina: Southern Country Livin', Cookin' along with singin' and dancin'.
You'll be glad you did!!
Whether you live in the Hickory, Morganton, Lincolnton or Shelby or just visiting, there are so many activities to keep you busy, I find it unbelievable...and the beauty is astonishing.
In addition to all the outside sporting events (planned or spur of the moment) this region is filled with artisans of almost every craft. You'll never go home empty handed. ;)