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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

Browse our website and learn more about Valdese and what it has to offer.


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


VISION STATEMENT: Conveniently located along Interstate 40 in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Downtown Valdese showcases our unique Waldensian Heritage and provides a supportive environment for new and existing businesses. Our vibrant community connects visitors and residents of all ages with opportunities for education, recreation, entertainment, dining and shopping.



The Town of Valdese lost a vital part of our community on Friday January 9th, 2015. Mayor Jim Hatley died after a period of failing health. He faithfully served as Mayor of Valdese since 1999 which he often referred to as "the best little town in North Carolina". Mayor Jim Hatley will be greatly missed by the community. Follow this link to see a video tribute to the mayor.


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