Around Rutherford County

Rutherford County includes charming small towns and communities: Rutherfordton, Spindale, Forest City, Bostic, Lake Lure, Sunshine, Golden Valley, Chimney Rock and surrounding areas. Below are links that will help you discover our peaceful and rural country living:

Rutherford Tourism
Things to See and Do While in Rutherford County

"Mountain Adventures - Foothills Fun!"

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Hickory Nut Gorge Chamber of Commerce
"Western North Carolina (WNC) is legendary for its spectacular scenery and warm, friendly, people. And the Hickory Nut Gorge is the essence of hometown friendly! Nestled between the Blue Ridge and Great Smokey Mountain ranges, the Gorge was formed by the Rocky Broad River that begins in the higher elevations as a stream and winds its way down through craggy cliffs to the sparkling waters of Lake Lure. This fourteen-mile long canyon encompasses the four picturesque townships of Gerton, Bat Cave, Chimney Rock Village, and Lake Lure. All along the way are quaint places to shop and scenic places stop to explore. “The Jewel of the Carolinas”, as we’re so often referred, is waiting just for you!"

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Town of Forest City
Forest City

"Walk down our main street and enjoy our hospitality. Visit one of our restaurants, coffee shop, or our local drug store. In baseball season take in a game and watch our national championship team. Stay the weekend and visit our local sites as well as other areas of interest that are just a short drive away. While you are here please attend a church of your choice. You will find our town charming, clean, and friendly."

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Town of Lake Lure
Lake Lure

Vision statement: “Lake Lure, the gem of the Carolinas, is a mountain lake community that has a harmonious balance of interests of our citizens, businesses and visitors, achieved through open communication and managed growth that emphasizes fiscal responsibility and stewardship of our natural beauty and environment.”

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Town of Rutherfordton

"Downtown Rutherfordton is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district and is a beautiful representation of rural western North Carolina small towns. Situated on ridges, its elevations offer great views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and its location in the Isothermal Belt means mild weather and outstanding beauty in four distinct seasons."

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Town of Spindale

"Gentle breezes, bright skies, and a comfortable lifestyle are waiting for you here. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, we offer the excitement of larger cities combined with small town charm and southern hospitality."

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Rutherford County Government
"The new official site for North Carolina's Rutherford County Government. Find information on everything from taxes, voting, and elected officials to social services to what's happening in the county."

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Rutherford County Schools
Our Mission

"Rutherford County Schools will partner with family and community to prepare students for lifelong learning by rigorously challenging each student to achieve in academics and career preparation in a safe nurturing environment."

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Isothermal Community College
"Learning is the central focus for Isothermal and charts our continued journey to becoming a preeminent “Learning College”. Faculty, staff, and students are all challenged and encouraged to demonstrate a commitment to our Learning College philosophy and we rise to the challenge. Our collaborative efforts demonstrate how we have created and continue to promote a climate that nurtures and supports each learner. We are delighted that you have decided to join us on our journey and look forward to an exciting and mutually beneficial learning experience." Dr. Myra B. Johnson President

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