The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook
 

Susanna Pantas, Artist

Granite Falls

(Including nearby Rhodhiss)

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    Downtown Granite Falls, photograph by Seth Gaines

  In downtown Granite Falls NC   Granite Falls History & Transportation Museum      Downtown Granite Falls NC   Bank of Granite Falls office building

Granite Falls, North Carolina

Granite Falls NC,  established in 1899, is located in southern Caldwell County just north of Hickory, on Highway 321. Its history dates back before the Revolutionary War. Its origins can be traced to land grants dating back to 1754. Granite Falls was incorporated on May 1, 1899 and was named after the Falls on Gunpowder Creek, where a solid formation of granite spans the creek.
    Home to nationally recognized Bank of Granite, the Town of Granite Falls' economy has been centered on manufacturing. Growth in tourism and the retirement industry are also diversifying the
economic base. Granite Falls is also home to one of the world's largest collection of soda pop memorabilia housed in the Antique Vending Company showroom.
    Recreational opportunities for visitors near Granite Falls include the nearby Pisgah National Forest and the town's Lakeside Park on scenic Lake Rhodhiss. The
Granite Falls History &Transportation Museum is also located in Granite Falls and is housed in the historic home of Andrew Baird, one of the town's original founders. 

    Caldwell County, known as the Furniture Capital of the South, is home to the "20 Miles of Furniture" where numerous outlets and stores offer deep discounts. Located along or near a stretch of U.S. Highway 321 between Lenoir and Hickory, the area, which passes though Granite Falls, is a required destination for any serious shopper looking for furniture
    Rhodhiss is a small, quaint community near Granite Falls with a unique claim to fa
me. The town is known for a sign that proudly proclaims that the flags planted on the moon by the United States were woven in Rhodhiss. Located in both Caldwell and Burke counties, Rhodhiss is situated alongside the Catawba River just below Duke Energy's Rhodhiss Dam. Granite Falls also has a unique and long-running cultural festival celebrating the making of molasses-the Molasses Festival-every October.

 

Resources
City Website: Granite Falls
: Town Hall, 30 Park Square, Granite Falls NC 28630; 828-396-3131
Facebook: Caldwell County
Location:
Foothills, 11/2 hours east of Asheville
County:
Caldwell County: County Offices, 905 West Avenue NW, Lenoir NC 28645; 828-757-1300
Elevation & Population:
1,191 feet, 4,600+
County Visitor/Welcome Center:
Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center,1909 Hickory Boulevard SE, Lenoir NC 28645; 828-726-0616 
County Chamber of Commerce:
Catawba County Chamber of Commerce, 1909 Hickory Boulevard SE, Lenoir NC 28645; 828-726-0323
Newspaper: News-Topic, 123 Pennton Avenue, Lenoir NC 28645; 828-758-7381
Movie Theatres: Carmike Westgate Twin, 1966 Morgantontown Boulevard SW, Lenoir NC 28645; 828-758-9902
High School: South Caldwell High School, 7035 Spartan Drive, Hudson NC 28638; 828-396-2188
Colleges and Universities:
(Nearest) Caldwell Community College, 2855 Hickory Boulevard, Hudson NC 28638; 828-726-2200
Hospitals:
(Nearest) Caldwell Memorial Hospital, 321 Mulberry Street SW, Lenoir NC 28645; 828-757-5100
Area Major Festivals: Art in the Park (June), Annual Molasses Festival (October), Christmas Parade (December)
Area Natural Attractions: Lakeside Park Pisgah National Forest, Tuttle Educational State ForestWilson Creek
Area Cultural Attractions:  
Caldwell Heritage Museum, Chapel of Rest, Fort Defiance,
Granite Falls History &Transportation Museum, Happy Valley, 20 Miles of Furniture


Real Estate

Fine Dining in Western North Carolina
Dining
Overseas & Exotic
Asian Bowl: (Chinese) 249 River Bend Road, Granite Falls NC 28630; 828-396-1083
Hong Kong Kitchen: (Chinese) 4030 Hickory Boulevard, #9, Granite Falls NC 28630; 828-396-7117

New City BBQ: (BBQ) 108 South Main Street, Granite Falls NC 28630; 828-396-1413

Inn on Biltmore Estate, Asheville NC
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