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Morganton is located in the rolling foothills of Western North Carolina, just over an hour from the Charlotte International Airport. The town is intersected by I-40, U.S. Highways 64 and 70 and North Carolina Highways 18 and 181. Morganton is the county seat for Burke County. It offers all the charm of a small town, yet has big city amenities and services. Morganton's vibrant downtown is filled with antique shops, art galleries, restaurants and coffee shops, gift shops and clothing stores. The spectacular Blue Ridge Parkway winds through Burke County and provides easy access to Linville Falls, Linville Gorge, the Pisgah National Forest, Table Rock Mountain and Mt. Mitchell (the highest peak east of the Mississippi.) South Mountain State Park, the largest state park in North Carolina, is located in eastern Burke County. Lake James is located just 15 minutes from downtown Morganton. The city of Morganton is host to a Farmer's Market that is open seven days a week and features local produce, fresh fish, domestic, imported and Amish cheeses, spices and fresh flowers. The Historic Morganton Festival, held each year on the weekend following Labor Day, is one of the state's largest outdoor festivals and the town also offers free outdoor summer concerts each weekend.

Surrounding areas: Linville, North Carolina (12.1 mi), Lenoir, North Carolina (14.2 mi), Little Switzerland, North Carolina (23.8 mi), Spruce Pine, North Carolina (24.3 mi), Pinnacle Mountain, North Carolina (24.8 mi), Blowing Rock, North Carolina (25.5 mi), Plumtree, North Carolina (26.6 mi)

Morganton Vacation Rentals

Morganton Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Comfort Inn & Suites1273 Burkemont AveMorganton, NC (828) 669-2922
Days Inn Morganton2402 S Sterling StMorganton, NC (828) 433-0011
Hampton Inn Morganton115 Bush DrMorganton, NC (828) 432-2000
Holiday Inn Morganton2400 S Sterling StMorganton, NC (828) 437-0171
Sleep Inn Morganton2400a S Sterling StMorganton, NC (828) 433-9000
Icard InnIcard, NC12.1 mi.(704) 397-5573
R & R HideawayHwy 18 Wilksboro BlvdLenoir, NC14.2 mi.(828) 754-5600
Days Inn206 Blowing Rock BlvdLenoir, NC14.8 mi.(828) 754-0731
Ramada LTD142 Wilkesboro Blvd SeLenoir, NC14.8 mi.(828) 758-4403
The Jameson Inn350 Wilkesboro BlvdLenoir, NC15.0 mi.(828) 758-1200
Comfort Inn970 Blowing Rock BlvdLenoir, NC15.4 mi.(828) 754-2090
Cliff Dwellers Inn116 Lakeview TerBlowing Rock, NC18.6 mi.(828) 295-3121
Comfort Inn178 Hwy 70 WMarion, NC18.7 mi.(828) 652-4888
Days Inn4248 Hwy 221 SMarion, NC18.7 mi.(828) 659-2567
Econo LodgeRt 1 Box 68aMarion, NC18.7 mi.(828) 659-7940
Comfort Suites1125 13TH Ave Dr SeHickory, NC19.3 mi.(828) 323-1211
Courtyard By Marriott Hickory1946 13th Ave Dr SeHickory, NC19.3 mi.(800) 321-2211
Fairfield Inn1950 13th Ave Dr SEHickory, NC19.3 mi.(828) 431-3000
Hampton Inn1520 13TH Ave Dr SEHickory, NC19.3 mi.(828) 323-1150
Holiday Inn Express2250 Us Hwy 70 SEHickory, NC19.3 mi.(828) 328-2081
Howard Johnson Inn483 Hwy 70 SWHickory, NC19.3 mi.(828) 322-1600
Jameson Inn - Hickory1120 13th Ave Dr SeHickory, NC19.3 mi.(828) 758-1200
Park Inn Gateway Conference Center909 Hwy 70 SWHickory, NC19.3 mi.(828) 328-5101
Quality Inn & Suites1725 13TH Ave Dr NWHickory, NC19.3 mi.(828) 431-2100
Sleep Inn1179 13th Ave Dr SEHickory, NC19.3 mi.(828) 323-1140
Red Roof Inn1184 Lenoir Rhyne BlvdHickory, NC20.9 mi.(828) 323-1500
Holiday Inn Select1385 Lenoir Rhyne BlvdHickory, NC21.0 mi.(828) 323-1000
Big Lynn LodgeLittle Switzrlnd, NC23.2 mi.(704) 765-4257
Days Inn1710 Fairgrove Church RdConover, NC23.9 mi.(828) 465-2378
Ramada Inn1607 Fairgrove Church RdConover, NC23.9 mi.(828) 465-1100
Eseeola Lodge175 Linville AveLinville, NC24.5 mi.(828) 733-4311
Pixie InnUS 221Linville, NC24.5 mi.(704) 733-2597
Pixie InnLinville, NC24.5 mi.(704) 733-2597
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites104 10TH St NWConover, NC26.4 mi.(828) 465-7070
Alpen Acres156 Old US Hwy 321 SBlowing Rock, NC26.9 mi.(828) 295-7981
Chetola Resort & Conference CenterBlowing Rock, NC26.9 mi.(800) 243-8652
Chetola Resort & ConferenceBlowing Rock, NC26.9 mi.(828) 295-5500
Days Inn Blowing RockHwy 321 BypBlowing Rock, NC26.9 mi.(828) 295-4422
Ridgeway Motor InnHwy 221Blowing Rock, NC26.9 mi.(828) 295-7321
Super 8 Motel-claremont3054 N Oxford StClaremont, NC29.7 mi.(828) 459-7777

Morganton Weather & Climate

The Blue Ridge Mountains range from 800 feet to over 6,600 feet and topography affects the local weather. Expect temperatures to be 10 to 20 degrees cooler on the mountaintops than in the cities below. Spring is unpredictable, particularly at the higher elevations. Summer is warm and humid, but more pleasant at the higher elevations, with temperatures rarely reaching 90 degrees. Afternoon showers and thunderstorms are common. Winter is generally moderate, but extreme conditions can occur at the mountain peaks. It's not unusual to have warm temperatures in the valleys and snow in the higher areas. In the lowlands, snows of one inch or more occur just 1-5 times per year. More frequent and deeper snows fall at the higher elevations, although ski resorts rely on snowmaking equipment to ensure a good base. Fall often has warm days and cool nights and is the driest period.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 48°F 24°F 4.43 in. 49°F
February 53°F 27°F 4.14 in. 46°F
March 61°F 34°F 4.85 in. 52°F
April 70°F 42°F 3.79 in. 59°F
May 78°F 51°F 4.49 in. 68°F
June 84°F 60°F 4.74 in. 73°F
July 88°F 64°F 3.91 in. 77°F
August 86°F 63°F 3.74 in. 80°F
September 80°F 56°F 4.18 in. 76°F
October 71°F 43°F 3.84 in. 70°F
November 60°F 34°F 3.79 in. 58°F
December 51°F 27°F 3.72 in. 55°F

Morganton Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Asheville Regional airport (AVL) located about 52 miles west of Morganton in Asheville, North Carolina, the Charlotte Douglas International airport (CLT) located approximately 55 miles southeast of Morganton in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Tri Cities Regional Tn Va airport (TRI) located roughly 64 miles northwest of Morganton in Bristol Johnson Kingsport, Tennessee, and finally the Greenville Spartanburg International airport (GSP) located around 65 miles southwest of Morganton in Greer, South Carolina.

Morganton Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Paramount's CarowindsCharlotteNC59.4 mi.
JeepersConcordNC66.3 mi.
Ghost Town in the SkyMaggie ValleyNC80.9 mi.
Water Parks
Paramount's Carowinds-Water WorksPinevilleNC63.9 mi.
Emerald Pointe Water ParkGreensboroNC108.3 mi.
Golf Courses
Quaker Meadows Golf ClubMorgantonNC 
Silver Creek PlantationMorgantonNC 
Magnolia Golf ClubMagnoliaNC1.8 mi.
Country Acres Golf ClubLenoirNC14.3 mi.
Lenoir Golf CourseLenoirNC14.3 mi.
Granada Farms Country ClubGranite FallsNC14.6 mi.
Orchard Hills Golf CourseGranite FallsNC14.6 mi.
Grassy Creek Golf & Country ClubSpruce PineNC23.9 mi.
DT GolfNewtonNC26.8 mi.
Rock Barn Club of GolfConoverNC26.8 mi.
Mountain Glen Golf CourseNewlandNC27.2 mi.
Pine Grove Golf ClubShelbyNC27.8 mi.
Hawksnest Golf & Ski ResortSeven DevilsNC29.1 mi.
Old Fort Golf CourseOld FortNC29.1 mi.
Glen Oaks Country ClubMaidenNC29.3 mi.
Ski Areas
Hawksnest Golf & Ski ResortSeven DevilsNC29.7 mi.
Ski BeechBanner ElkNC30.7 mi.
Sugar Mountain Ski AreaBanner ElkNC30.7 mi.
Ski Wolf LaurelMars HillNC48.8 mi.
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC80.9 mi.
Scaly MountainScaly MountainNC105.0 mi.
State Parks
Mount Mitchell State ParkNC32.3 mi. 
Rendezvous Mountain State ParkNC39.5 mi. 
Hickory Museum of ArtHickoryNC19.3 mi.(Art)
Schiele Museum of Natural HistoryGastoniaNC43.6 mi.(Science)
Historic Latta PlantationHuntersvilleNC52.7 mi.(History)
Carroll Reece MuseumJohnson CityTN54.2 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Hands On! Regional MuseumJohnson CityTN54.2 mi.(Children's)
LightfactoryCharlotteNC59.4 mi.(Art)
Mint Musuem of ArtCharlotteNC59.4 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC49.8 mi.
Greenville ZooGreenvilleSC73.5 mi.
North Carolina Zoological ParkAsheboroNC105.0 mi.

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