Many of you have probably gazed in awe across Lake Lure and Rutherford County from the top of Chimney Rock. Now's your chance to explore it! Located in the middle of a triangle formed by Charlotte, Asheville and Greenville SC, the county is often called the "front porch of the Blue Ridge Mountains". It is home to friendly small towns, each with unique personality and many things to do. The most iconic jewels of the county are Chimney Rock and Lake Lure. Nearby are the towns of Forest City, Rutherfordton, Spindale, Union Mills, Bostic, and Ellenboro - all filled with local flavor and interesting places to explore.
If you love the outdoors, this foothills area makes a perfect base camp for a big variety of activities. Hike Chimney Rock, kayak or water ski on Lake Lure, fish, horseback ride, zip line, rock climbing and so much more.
If you love history and museums, you'll find the home of the first one dollar gold coin and an amazing car museum. Explore the shops and restaurants in the quaint downtowns, or tour the whisky distillery. Drive the scenic Highway 64 through much of the county, discovering many surprises along the way. The "Cherry Bounce Trail" follows the old route to buy moonshine made from local cherries. Go to the Rutherford County Visitors Guide for more!
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Dirty Dancing Festival: Fans of the cult-classic Dirty Dancing relive memories of Baby's first dance at the "Dirty Dancing Festival" in the film’s original, breathtaking backdrop of Lake Lure. Read more!
Hike/Bike: The Thermal Belt Rail Trail extends nearly 8 miles from Oakland Road in Spindale west and north to the community of Gilkey. The surface is paved for 1.8 miles from downtown Spindale to Whitesides Road and then transitions to crushed gravel for the remainder to Gilkey.
Scenic Drive: Once infamously known, The Cherry Bounce Trail is the path that moonshiners always took during prohibition to attend Amos Owens’ parties to buy his “Cherry Bounce” moonshine. This scenic drive follows along several roadways through the historic towns of Rutherford County and blends into a part of South Mountains Scenery By-Way. The Cherry Bounce Trail is marked by roadside signs for directions identified by a graphic of three large red cherries grouped together. Interesting stops along the way include the Bostic Lincoln Museum and its claim to a resident who just might be the unknown father of one of America’s most famous presidents. A few miles down the road is an authentic rural Washburn General Store that dates to 1831. And stop for a whisky tour at Blue Ridge Distilling.