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Welcome to Historic Valdese North Carolina

Valdese, in the heart of Burke County is located in the foothills of Western North Carolina "where the Piedmont meets the Mountains." The Catawba River traverses Burke County west to east creating a wide valley and Lake Rhodhiss. The valley is intersected by I-40, US Highways 64 and 70, and NC Highways 18 and 181. Interstates 26, 77, and 85 are within a 50 mile radius. The Town of Valdese website has been re-created to assist citizens, businesses and visitors with up to date information about the services the Town of Valdese provides. 

Valdese is:

16 miles west of Hickory, NC
64 miles east of Asheville, NC
65 miles northwest of Charlotte, NC
85 miles west of Winston-Salem, NC
200 miles northeast of Atlanta, GA

The Town of Valdese was designated by the State of North Carolina on August 2, 2013 as a Small Town Main Street Community


Message from Mayor Chip Black: 

In 1893, Waldensian immigrants from Northern Italy chose this beautiful land on the banks of the Catawba River for their home and called it Valdese. Their entrepreneurial spirit and pride in their community can be seen throughout our town. Today Valdese has a vibrant downtown along with innovative industries and businesses. Our elected officials, town employees and citizens strive to make this community a wonderful place to live, work and play.

Whether you are a citizen or a visitor, we hope you will explore our website to learn more about Valdese, its services and opportunities. If you’ve not yet had the pleasure of visiting Valdese, we invite you to come and make new friends, learn about our history and enjoy our many shops, restaurants and entertainment activities. If you have questions which aren’t answered here, send us an e-mail and we will be delighted to assist you.


Browse our website to find out more about what Valdese has to offer. 

Valdese Mailing Address: P.O. Box 339 Valdese NC 28690