Winter Hikes, Excellent Views

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. 

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. The trail 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.

The Burke County Tourism Development Authority is located in Morganton, North Carolina and serves the tourism interests of Burke County, NC.  Morganton is hailed as “The Trailhead of Western North Carolina”, centrally located in Burke County. Our Visitor’s Center is full of information about unique attractions and activities in the area. Stop by and visit us or visit