In Morganton everything you need is conveniently nearby. A five minute drive is the norm and from Alder Springs, downtown shopping and dining, the public library, and the city auditorium are across the street or within four blocks. Beyond the city limits nature's mountain wonders seem as close as your backyard. -

“Western NC is one of the nation’s top retirement spots with lovely green mountains and a four-season climate. Asheville and Charlotte are both nearby cultural destinations. Feel welcomed to come and enjoy it with us.”

Sam Avery, Chair Alder Springs Board of Directors

At a Glance - Morganton, NC (Burke County)

  • Deaf and blind friendly small city (population 17,000)
  • Vibrant, award winning city center three blocks from Alder Springs
  • Centrally located In the Western NC foothills
    • One hour drive from both Charlotte NC and Asheville NC
  • Reliable public transportation that stops at Alder Springs
  • Excellent healthcare services
  • Excellent public library one block away
  • Mild climate featuring four distinct seasons
  • Abundant free municipal recreation facilities and Greenway
  • Outdoor Wonderland, PBS NC Weekend
    • Two state parks, two lakes, local & regional trails, and Blue Ridge Parkway
Burke County Courthouse
Burke County Courthouse

Deaf & Blind Lifestyle

  • Attractive, safe community, Our State Magazine
  • Vibrant deaf culture
  • Volunteer at NC School for the Deaf located in Morganton since 1891
  • Abundant private professional services for deaf and blind including interpreters
  • Sign Language Friendly services, businesses, restaurants, municipal auditorium
  • Community College that caters to deaf learners of all ages
  • Welcoming houses of worship
NC School for the Deaf located in Morganton NC
Signage at entrance to NCSD

Convenience & Safety

Downtown Morganton
Downtown Morganton street with trees, traffic, buildings and pedestrians.


Average Temperatures: Winter 40-50 degrees F and Summer 70 – 90 degrees F

Grandfather Mountain
Grandfather Mountain

Western North Carolina

  • 1 hour from Asheville
  • 1 hour from Charlotte
  • Abundant Trails for All Levels of Hiking
    • Lake James State Park
    • Fonta Flora State Trail
    • Mountains to Sea Trail
    • Gateway Trail (New)
    • Appalachian Trail
    • South Mountains State Park
    • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Alder Springs Apartments:

The Alder Springs Apartments are located at 450 S. College St in the downtown area of Morganton NC.