Granite Falls is located in southern Caldwell County North Carolina, just north of Hickory, on U. S. Highway 321. Its history dates back before the Revolutionary War. Its origins can be traced to land grants dating back to 1754. Granite Falls was incorporated on May 1, 1899 and was named after the Falls on Gunpowder Creek, where a solid formation of granite spans the creek. Read more about the Town's history. »
On behalf of the Town Council and citizens of Granite Falls, I thank you for visiting our website. I am proud to serve as Mayor of my hometown, and I hope our website will show you a small portion of the people, places and services that make Granite Falls a wonderful place to live.
Located at the foot of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and on two lakes of the Catawba River chain, our town offers home sites with views and amenities that are unique even in our beautiful state. Our town is too beautiful and friendly to appreciate fully through a website visit. So when you "log off", pack a bag and come visit us. We will take you to see the "Falls at Gunpowder Creek" from which our town derives its name, peaceful Lake Rhodhiss and Lake Hickory and many other historic and natural sites.
Again, I am happy you visited our website and I hope to see you soon.
Town of Granite Falls in Drought Conditions
The Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group (C-W DMAG) drought trigger update November 1, 2016 indicated through the Low Inflow Protocol (LIP) drought indicators, that the C-W basin has entered Stage 1 drought conditions. Stage 1 conditions require notices asking for voluntary water conservation in order to achieve a 3-5% reduction in water use. Per the Town of Granite Falls Code of Ordinances Section 52 WATER EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT § 52.102 RESTRICTIONS; STAGED WATER USE, the following voluntary water conservation practices shall be encouraged for the public water system served by the Town:
- Watering of lawns, ornamental plants and gardens shall be limited to that necessary for plant survival only. Water only during off peak hours (9:00 p.m. through 4:00 a.m.) and water a maximum of 1-inch per week.
- Planting of new ornamental plants and seeding of lawns should be deferred until the water emergency situation no longer exists.
- Household water should be reutilized to the greatest extent possible.
- Use of water for wash down of outside areas such as driveways or parking lots should be curtailed.
- Faucets should not be left running while shaving, brushing teeth or washing dishes.
- The use of washing machines and dishwashers should be limited if possible and the units should be operated with full loads when used.
- Washing of cars or other vehicles should be held to a minimum. Hoses should not be left running while washing vehicles.
- The use of flow restrictors and other water saving devices is encouraged.
- Showers should be used for bathing and should be limited to 4 or 5 minutes.
- Filling of pools shall be deferred or limited to hours between 9:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m.
- Outside fountains used for advertising and non essential purposes shall not be allowed.
- Any practice listed in this division may be modified or additional practices added at the discretion of the Town Manager after consultation with the Water Resources Director and the Public Works Director.
The Town of Granite Falls is currently accepting applications for name inscriptions on the Veterans Monument. For more information please go to the Veterans Monument Inscription Application. Applications for new inscriptions that are received after July 31 each year will be added to the monument the following year.
DVDs of the of the Dedication of the Granite Falls Veterans Monument are available at the Granite Falls Town Office for $10.00 each. The DVDs have been edited to include video footage and still photos from four (4) different cameras. Produced by the Granite Falls History Committee, profits from the sale will benefit the Granite Falls History and Transportation Museum. For more information, contact the Town Office at 828-396-3131.
Granite Falls History and Transportation Museum
The Granite Falls History and Transportation Museum needs volunteers to open the museum and serve as hosts and hostesses on Saturdays and Sundays. Volunteers are asked to serve for two hours once every three months. If you can serve as a volunteer, please contact the Town Office at 396-3131. Volunteers will be trained for their work at the museum. The museum is open on Saturdays from noon until 4 pm and Sundays from 2 pm until 4 pm, except holidays. Private tours may be arranged by calling the Town Office. Please visit: www.granitefallshistorymuseum.org
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North Carolina Air Quality Forecasts
Granite Falls Town Code of Ordinances
Town of Granite Falls Budget 2016-2017
Monthly Budget Report
2016-2017 Town of Granite Falls Fee Schedule
2016 Financial Statements
Automated Waste & Recycling Collection - Now Available in the Town of Granite Falls!
The Town of Granite Falls is pleased to offer automatic draft for your utility bills (water, sewer and electric). Save gas and time with this new bill paying option. Please call the Town Offices at 396-3131 for details or to sign up.
Granite Falls Merchants Association
Town of Granite Falls Downtown Facade Improvement Program -Grant Opportunity
Granite Falls Pedestrian Plans
Helpful Information for Navigating All Way Stop Intersections
Granite Falls History and Transportation Museum is open now on select days, please contact the Town Offices at 396-3131 for more information.
Town of Granite Falls Lakeside Park with walking/biking trails, picnic shelter, canoe launch and three separate fishing decks. - Open Now - Contact the Recreation Department at 396-1221 to make reservations for the picnic shelter.
Federal Tax Credits For Energy Effiiciency