Drexel, Valdese, and Rutherford College

Variety is the spice of life in Eastern Burke County! Explore towns like Valdese, Drexel, and Rutherford College, or hit the trails and fishing streams at South Mountains State Park. While many homes here are spread out on larger, more rural lots with plenty of room to roam, commuters still have easy access to Morganton, Hickory, and beyond thanks to centrally located Interstate 40.

Key Features

South Mountains State Park : South Mountains State Park is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream come true. Hikers, bikers, and even horseback riders will find more than 40 miles of exhilarating trails to explore, and lovers of fishing will have fun striving for a catch. When the day is done, you can even camp in the park at one of the several backpacking or equestrian campsites. Don’t miss High Shoals Falls Loop, a short trail that brings you to a scenic waterfall perfect for romantic selfies!

Commuter Hub: Eastern Burke County is perfectly situated within striking distance of employment centers in Morganton and nearby Hickory. With Interstate 40 bisecting the county south of Morganton, commuters can easily hop onto the highway for a breezy trip to work. Homeowners in rural and small town Eastern Burke can enjoy more bang for their buck without sacrificing a convenient commute.

Nest Picks

JD's Smokehouse

Even those who didn’t grow up eating grits rave about the jalapeño cheese grits here at JD’s Smokehouse! And that’s just one of the many succulent side options available to complement your pulled pork, ribs, chicken, or brisket. All JD’s meats are smoked over natural hard wood for irresistible flavor—as they say, “this ain’t your everyday BBQ”!

McGalliard Falls Park

McGalliard Falls Park is the perfect place for a family outing when the weather is nice. Bring a picnic, cool off in the water, and listen to the relaxing babble of the falls. On the first weekend of every month, the scenic waterwheel still turns—a great photo op!


Who doesn’t love a good old fashioned diner? Myra’s dishes up some of the best burgers, dogs, and ice cream around. Don’t miss the classic banana split! Summer Friday nights are the perfect time to fill your belly and admire classic cars at the diner’s regular cruise nights. It’s like stepping back in time!

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