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Known as the “Grand Canyon of North Carolina”, Linville Gorge encompasses 12,002 acres, is extremely steep and rugged and is covered by dense forest. Linville Gorge Wilderness, part of the Pisgah National Forest has rock formations including Sitting Bear, Hawksbill, Table Rock, and the Chimneys. Elevations range from 1,300 feet to 4,120 feet. . Recreation opportunities include hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, fishing, and hunting.

Tucked in the rolling hills at the base of Linville Gorge is Lake James, a 6,510-acre lake with more than 150 miles of shoreline. The centerpiece of Lake James State Park, it offers swimming, sunbathing, and picknicking along the lake shore. Boat, water ski, fish or take a walk among the along the park trails.

In Morganton, visit the History Museum of Burke County - dedicated to preserving and displaying local heritage. Exhibits and events are scheduled throughout the year, and artifact collections change regularly.

South Mountains State Park, includes elevations up to 3,000 feet, a waterfall dropping 80 feet, a 17-mile mountain-bike loop, and more than 40 miles of trails. Here you can see a majestic mountain range peeking out from the gently rolling landscape of the piedmont. Enjoy equestrian camping to trout fishing, mountain biking to picnicking, at South Mountains State Park.