Rutherfordton: Exploring the Blue Ridge Foothills and Hickory Nut Gorge - NC Blue Ridge

With thermal winds providing a pleasant climate all year long, travelers to the historic, charming town of Rutherfordton, NC, enjoy a moderate climate in all four seasons. Beloved for its rich history, as well as its host of great local restaurants and charming shops, here the spirit of the Blue Ridge Mountains is alive and well. Rutherfordton is also the perfect base for nature lovers and adventurers who enjoy hiking and exploring.

Around town, take the historic walking tour of Main Street that includes a behind-the-scenes look at the home of Christopher Bechtler, famously known as the man who minted the first gold coin in America. Visit an interactive kid’s museum, peruse art galleries, check out the local coffee shop, and be sure to stop by the Copper Penny Grill, where visitors and locals alike enjoy the tastiest meals in town.

Chimney Rock State Park Near Rutherfordton in the NC Blue Ridge Mountains.Plan a Trip to Chimney Rock State Park

Approximately 21 miles from downtown Rutherfordton, experience the best of the mountains in one place at Chimney Rock State Park, an iconic outdoor destination attracting visitors from around the world. You’ll find beautiful scenery, including 75-mile panoramic views overlooking Lake Lure, hiking trails, native wildlife and one of North Carolina’s highest waterfalls, which was featured in the movie The Last of the Mohicans.

Venture Out in Rutherford County

Go ahead. Spend time in and around picturesque Rutherford County and discover all there is to see and do. Stop by the Welcome Center location inside the Woodrow Jones Building on Main Street in downtown Rutherfordton and set your sights on discovering fascinating history, outdoor adventures, and plenty of family-friendly activities.

Only six miles from Rutherfordton, the small town of Forest City has a Southern charm and a thriving Main Street with a lovely village setting. Visitors come to stroll its charming historic downtown known for fascinating antique galleries, boutiques and shops, restaurants and museums.

Gather up your friends and family and set a course for a trail. Expand your horizons and get to know the beautiful NC Blue Ridge foothills better. There is always something new to see and somewhere else to explore. You’ll never have to hike the same trail twice, but you might want to!

For a thrilling experience, don’t miss the opportunity to try world-class pigeon shooting in a stunning location at Cleghorn Gun Club. With rolling hills and valleys as the backdrop and its 15-station course, you’ll find trajectories strategically positioned for every shooter level.

Looking for a quiet getaway to enjoy a peaceful and relaxing mountain escape back to a simpler time? Golden Valley Getaways is the perfect spot, surrounded by the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains. Also check out the nearby communities of Spindale and Bostic.

The Lodge at Lake LureNo One Puts Baby in the Corner

Along the way, visit the Lake Lure and Foothills area of Rutherford County, just minutes from Rutherfordton and the perfect place for a getaway. Remote and peaceful, this area in the heart of the foothills is a treasure not to be missed.

Stop by the Lake Lure Welcome Center and make a plan to discover this historic area where you can enjoy boating, golfing, and the majestic peaks rising above Hickory Nut Gorge. Not to mention the famous film site of “Dirty Dancing.”

Vacationers coming to enjoy Lake Lure always welcome a stay in the 4,200 square foot custom built log home, Pinch Me@ Rumbling Bald Resort. With beautiful mountain views and plenty of walking trails, you have the wonderful feeling of seclusion while only minutes to the country club. You can also stay right on the lake at the Lodge on Lake Lure, which offers the convenience of an onsite restaurant, fireside lounge, an adult tree house, and outdoor patio overlooking the lake.

With so much to see and do in and around Lake Lure, one visit would certainly not be enough. Check out Lake Lure Timeshares for sale and rent listings through timeshare private owners for stays at nearby resorts. The condo-style accommodations have fantastic amenities and outstanding views of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

Opened in 1891 and lovingly preserved, The Esmerelda Inn is a beautiful 14-room bed & breakfast located in the lovely Hickory Nut Gorge. Beyond its aesthetically-pleasing, historical interiors, the Inn also knows a thing or two about food and their restaurant is the perfect place to dine during your stay. In addition to the many rooms, you’ll also find three private cabins for a more rustic getaway.