Burke County Real Estate

Burke County, NC

Burke County has a total area of 515 square miles; 507 square miles of land and 8 square miles of water. Lake James, located in Burke and McDowell Counties, has 154 miles of shore line. Lake Rhodhiss, bordering Catawba County, offers 90 miles of shore line.

Burke county lies in the Catawba Valley River Basin. Here, the rolling hills meet the Blue Ridge Mountains in western Burke County and the South Mountains in southern Burke County. The area is also home to two state parks - Lake James and South Mountains State Park.

Residents and tourists also know Burke County for its scenic wilderness in the Linville Gorge, the mysteries of the Brown Mountain Lights, and the panoramic views from the top of Table Rock, Short Off Mountain, and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Residents and tourists also know Burke County for its scenic wilderness in the Linville Gorge, the mysteries of the Brown Mountain Lights, and the panoramic views from the top of Table Rock, Short Off Mountain, and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Burke County’s largest city is Morganton, home to just over 16 thousand residents. Morganton has become a cultural arts hub in the foothills with potters, painters, textile artists, award-winning craft breweries, and more. The town also has a greenway trail system along the Catawba River and the Fonta Flora trail. The town is affectionately dubbed “Nature’s Playground” due to its variety of ways for residents and visitors to enjoy and connect with nature in a variety of ways.

The western campus of the NC School of Science and Mathematics opens for its first residential class of 300 students in 2022. 

In addition to many economic growth factors, Morganton enjoys a large amount of tourism thanks to its proximity to Asheville and Charlotte. Residents of the nearby larger cities can often be found milling about the town and county’s many offerings and attractions, some choosing to invest in property to maximize their time in the area for the long term.