Directions from Morganton, NC: South Mountains State Park is located in southwestern Burke County, 18 miles south of Morganton. From I-40 take NC 18 to SR 1913. From SR 1913 turn left onto Old NC 18. Travel down Old NC 18 to SR 1901. The park is off of SR 1901 on SR 1904. After passing the park entrance you will see an amphitheater and horse trailer parking lot. Begin on Raven Rock Trail and travel a short distance to Dogwood Trail. If you are on bike, you must access it from Lower CCC or Upper Falls Trail.