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Rutherford County

Rutherford County, North Carolina, is a beautiful and diverse destination, with a variety of outdoor activities, attractions and events that make it a great place to get away and explore. Home to the historic town of Rutherfordton, the county is home to the unincured south, rolling hills, mountaintop views and a plethora of outdoor activities. From camping, fishing, hiking, tubing, horseback riding, and whitewater rafting, to biking, zip-lining, antiquing, rock-climbing and more, Rutherford County has something for everyone. Local vineyards and craft breweries offer a variety of outstanding wines and beers. Unincorporated communities dot the landscape and are accessible throughout the county, offering visitors an opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy the rural charm. With a rich history, friendly people and an abundance of things to see and do, Rutherford County is a great destination for a leisurely getaway.


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Rutherfordton NC is a small town located in central North Carolina. The town is situated in a rural setting between the mountains of the Blue Ridge and the Piedmont regions of the state. The total population of the town is approximate 6,000 and many of the people living in the area are involved in various industries such as forestry, farming, and manufacturing. The town offers a number of unique features such as 19th century architecture, a vibrant downtown and a beautiful natural landscape. The town is well-known for its outdoor activities such as fishing, camping, and hiking, among others. Rutherfordton offers something for everyone and is a great destination for both residents and visitors.

Lake Lure

Lake Lure is a beautiful small mountain town in North Carolina. It is situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Rutherford County. The area is known for its stunning mountaintop and lakefront views, which can be accessed from its five public parks. The lake itself is over 700 acres, with 23 miles of shoreline. It is fed by two rivers, the Broad and Rocky Broad, and provides great fishing, waterskiing, kayaking, and swimming opportunities. Lake Lure is also home to many attractions and activities, such as the Lake Lure Adventure Race, the Dirty Dancing Festival, and the annual Chimney Rock State Park Summerfest celebration. The town is also home to several wineries and craft breweries, shops, cafes, and restaurants. The area is a popular getaway destination for couples, families, and nature lovers alike.

Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock, North Carolina, is a picturesque mountain village located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. It is home to Chimney Rock Park—a 5,000-acre mountain park that features majestic views of the Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure. Offering activities for all ages, the park includes hiking trails, cliff-side trails, waterfalls, and a variety of other attractions. Enjoy a picnic lunch at one of several shelters nearby, or take a ride on the park’s aerial tram, the Skyline Adventure, for spectacular views of the area. Guests can also check out one of the area’s many local shops, restaurants, and galleries. Whatever you decide to do during your visit, make sure to take in all of the beautiful natural surroundings that Chimney Rock and its surrounding area have to offer.

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