One of the oldest towns in Western North Carolina, Rutherfordton is teeming with eclectic art and interesting shops, not to mention plenty of outdoor recreation. The Thermal Belt Rail Trail runs through the town, connecting it to Ruth, Spindale and Forest City via a 13.5-mile paved path perfect for biking, walking or jogging. A city rich in history, Rutherfordton is home to a number of sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Established in 1787, Rutherfordton (55 miles southeast of Asheville) features rolling vistas against a Blue Ridge backdrop. Homes in Rutherfordton range from historical structures to compact cottages to expansive lots for building your dream property.
Rutherfordton Boasts Outdoor Recreation in Western N.C.
The Rutherfordton area is an outdoor adventurer’s dream. There are plenty of nearby trails, ranging from easy to strenuous. Among the many popular ones are Bearwallow Mountain Trail, Broad River Greenway, Catawba Falls Trail, Chimney Rock State Park and Green River Gamelands. Road cycling is big here, with plenty of country roads to traverse, as well as annual bike tours and the Lake Lure Olympiad bike race. Mountain bikers can enjoy trails at South Mountains State Park and Chimney Rock State Park. Even horseback riding enthusiasts can get in on the action, with several stables and venues for riding.
Downtown Rutherfordton is home to many points of interest: At the Bechtler House, you can learn about a private mint that produced the first gold coin in the nation; KidSenses Children’s Interactive Museum features 20 interactive exhibits as well as the Factory, a hands-on maker space; the Rutherford County Visual Arts Center is home to works by 200 local artists; the 1925 City Hall and Fire Station, which now houses the Firehouse Inn and the Blue Ridge Design studio, is another popular stop.
Day trips from Rutherfordton
Nearby areas to visit include Spindale, featuring an array of restaurants, live music, and performing arts; the popular summertime destination of Lake Lure; and the Tryon International Equestrian Center, with many competitions and free family-centric events.
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