Rutherford County

Welcome to our home

Many Rutherford County residents paid their first visit here on a vacation or business trip. Once you see all that we have to offer, the idea of calling it home just comes naturally. No other place on earth offers the scenic beauty of Rutherford County. With towering mountain views, tranquil lakes, well-maintained parks and trails, and moderate temperatures, you can enjoy the bounty of nature year-round. Our Rails-to-Trails project offers easy access to even more of our natural beauty. Our options for education include public, charter, and faith-based schools. Whatever your choice, our dedicated professionals convey a passion for learning, as well as a goal of successful students, ready to take on the challenges of careers and higher learning.


Our community features countless opportunities to experience culture, explore the arts, grow in faith, and give back with service to others. Whatever your tastes or desires, you’ll find an outlet for them in Rutherford County. In the towns of Forest City, Spindale, and Rutherfordton, as well as in communities such as Bostic, Cliffside, Ellenboro, and Ruth, you’ll find a relaxed and welcoming lifestyle, but with all the conveniences and comforts of big cities. We still have plenty of wide open spaces, so you’ll find all the room you need to live the life you’ve dreamed of.


In the Lake Lure and Hickory Nut Gorge areas, you’ll encounter leisure and resort activities that can’t be found anywhere else. At North Carolina’s newest park, Chimney Rock State Park, you’ll enjoy majestic sights along with a spirit devoted to their preservation. Lake Lure offers opportunities for boating, water sports, and even a beachfront! The unique natural splendor of this area has attracted Hollywood’s biggest stars, and has itself been the star of films such as Last of the Mohicans and Dirty Dancing. For many, their first visits and vacations led to new homes and new beginnings. Our secret is something we call “Small Town Friendly.” It’s more than an attitude, it’s part of our way of life. Come and get a taste of it … as soon as you can. The Chamber of Commerce can help you get started, so give us a call today!

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