Introduction to Morganton, North Carolina
Morganton, North Carolina, in Burke county, is 43 miles NW of Gastonia, North Carolina (center to center) and 59 miles NW of Charlotte, North Carolina. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Hickory - Morganton - Lenoir metropolitan area. Morganton contains a population of approximately 17,310.
Morganton was founded in 1777 and officially incorporated as a town in 1784. It was named in honor of General Daniel Morgan, a Revolutionary War hero. Originally, it was called Morganborough but was later renamed Morganton. It was established as the site of North Carolina frontier’s circuit court. Morganton established a post office in 1795. Within a few years, the East/West road, now known as Highway 70, was built. This road stretched from the Atlantic Ocean to Tennessee.
Morganton and nearby Attractions
- South Mountains State Park
- Sam J. Ervin Jr. Library and Museum
- Catawba Meadows Park
- Greenway Trails
- Lake James
- Joara Archeological Site
Things To Do In Morganton
Morganton has been amply blessed with natural beauty. The Catawba River, which flows through the city, offers breathtaking views of the majestic Table Rock. Morganton has something special for just about everyone. It has rolling hills, abundant forests, and 154 miles of shoreline along Lake James. All of these provide opportunities for a diverse range of recreational activities.
Charlotte/Douglas International Airport is the nearest major airport.
Morganton Higher Education
Western Piedmont Community College is the local center for higher education. Catawba Valley Community College and Appalachian State University are a short distance away.