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Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Granite Falls, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Granite Falls and the surrounding area.

  • Weather ...
  • Astronomy & Satellites ...
    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks across the sky.
    • To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass this GPS location for Granite Falls:
    • 35.796759, -81.423700
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Granite Falls
  • Waymarking ...
    • Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:
    • Waymark.com

Communities Also Named Granite Falls ...

We have found five communities that share the name Granite Falls.

Within North Carolina, the name Granite Falls is unique.

Beyond North Carolina, we know of another five communities that are located throughout in the United States and Canada. Of these five communities, four are located in the United States and one is in Canada.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • British Columbia
      • This Granite Falls lies 2,271 miles [3,654.8 km]<1> to the northwest of the Granite Falls that is located in Caldwell County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Granite Falls
    • Kansas
      • Marshall County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Kansas community of Granite Falls [Marshall County].
    • Minnesota
      • Yellow Medicine County
      • This Granite Falls is located in Yellow Medicine County and lies 967 miles [1,556.2 km]<1> to the northwest of the Granite Falls that is located in Caldwell County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Granite Falls
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Yellow Medicine County community of Granite Falls.
    • Washington
      • Chelan County
      • This Granite Falls is located in Chelan County and lies 2,135 miles [3,435.9 km]<1> to the northwest of the Granite Falls that is located in Caldwell County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Granite Falls
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Chelan County community of Granite Falls.
      • Snohomish County
      • This Granite Falls is located in Snohomish County and lies 2,217 miles [3,567.9 km] to the northwest of the Granite Falls that is located in Caldwell County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Granite Falls
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Snohomish County community of Granite Falls.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Granite Falls ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

  • Cedar Valley [Caldwell County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cedar Valley
    • Cedar Valley [Caldwell County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the north of Granite Falls
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cedar Valley have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cedar Valley
  • Downsville [Caldwell County] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Downsville
    • Downsville [Caldwell County] was located 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Granite Falls
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Downsville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Drowning Creek [Burke County] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Drowning Creek
    • Drowning Creek [Burke County] was located 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southwest of Granite Falls
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Drowning Creek have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Grace Chapel [Caldwell County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Grace Chapel
    • Grace Chapel [Caldwell County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Granite Falls
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Grace Chapel have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Grace Chapel
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Henry River [Burke County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Henry River
      • Henry River [Burke County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the south of Granite Falls
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Henry River have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Henry River
    • Hickory [Catawba County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hickory
      • Hickory [Catawba County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Granite Falls
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 41,473 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hickory
    • Long View [Burke County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Long View
      • Long View [Burke County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southeast of Granite Falls
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,951 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Long View have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Long View
    • Maple Valley [Caldwell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Maple Valley
      • Maple Valley [Caldwell County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Granite Falls
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Maple Valley have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Maple Valley
    • Penelope [Burke County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Penelope
      • Penelope [Burke County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the south of Granite Falls
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Penelope have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Penelope
    • Sawmills [Caldwell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sawmills
      • Sawmills [Caldwell County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Granite Falls
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,156 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sawmills have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sawmills

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Granite Falls. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

  • View Our List ...
    • William Franklin 'Bill' Horton     (Singer, musician)
    • William 'Oliver' Swofford     (Singer)

How Far From Granite Falls to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a town such as Granite Falls to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Granite Falls and extending to:

  • View Our List ...
    • Lenoir, which is the Seat of Caldwell County and lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Granite Falls to Lenoir, with an average speed<5> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
    • Raleigh, which is the State Capital of North Carolina, lies 155 miles [249.4 km] to the east (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 9 days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 322 miles [518.2 km] to the northeast (NE). Driving would take five to six hours, a buggy would take 13 days and walking would take 19 days.
    • The shortest distance<6> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,219 miles [10,008.5 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,922 miles [11,139.9 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,800 miles [7,724.9 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within North Carolina

About Caldwell County

About North Carolina

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Granite Falls: www.granitefallsnc.com/

The official website for Caldwell County: www.co.caldwell.nc.us/

The official website for State of North Carolina: https://www.nc.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Granite Falls) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Granite Falls. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Granite FallsOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Granite Falls. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.7968, Longitude: -81.4237       In this case, the coordinates for Granite Falls have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer as a placeholder. As we find more information about that community, it will be added to our Gazetteer.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock Creek is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Granite Falls could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community - we're working to straighten it all out.
<3>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<4>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<5>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.
<6>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Granite Falls to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 310.56 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.024 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.565 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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