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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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Nearby cities:
Saluda,  Tryon, Lake Lure
Rutherfordton NC, established in 1787, is among the oldest towns in Western North Carolina and is the seat of the oldest continuous government in the region.  Steeped in history since the Revolutionary War, Rutherfordton NC has managed to keep its “old time” charm while progressing into the 21st  century.  From the cluster of antebellum houses in the historic district at the north end of Rutherfordton to the Foothills Connect Technology Center on the south end, this town spans centuries. 
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Rutherfordton NC cabins, Lake Nantahala rentals
incredible mountain view from 2 decks Mountain view Lodge - 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, sleeps up to 10. 2 levels of decking with incredible long range mountain views, gas grill, fireplace, game room with pool table, WIFI.   See lodge photos and availability
Gold Hill Inn Rutherfordton  - 2 BR 1 BA Pet Friendly Close to Tryon Equestrian, Historic Rutherfordton, Lake Lure, Chimney Rock 
Green River Log Cabins - 2 - 4 bedrooms, walk to the Park, fully furnished
for more nearby rentals see Saluda,  and Tryon
Rutherfordton NC Mountain Inns,  Lodges, B&Bs
Historic Bed and Breakfast in Rutherfordton NC Carrier Houses Bed and Breakfast - 2 unique side-by-side homes, refurbished for comfort and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 8 guest rooms with AC, phone, TV, WIFI. Onsite conference rooms and guest computer. Full breakfast included. Affordable!   Get lowest online rates
The Firehouse Inn    125 W First St, Rutherfordton, NC
Green River Plantation    6333 Coxe Rd. Rutherford, NC
Town and Country Inn and Suites   166 Reservation Drive, Spindale, NC
Rutherfordton NC Campgrounds, RV Parks, Camping
Four Paws Kingdom Campground   335 Lazy Creek Dr. , Rutherfordton,NC
Thermal City Gold Mine & Campground 5240 US 221 North Hwy, Union Mills NC
Restaurants, Entertainment in or near Rutherfordton
2nd Street Cafe'  123 West 2nd St., Rutherfordton NC  828 287-2123
57 Alpha Airport Cafe'  618 Airport Rd., Rutherfordton NC  828-286-1677
Akita Express   676 S Broadway, Forest City NC   828-245-3434
The Barbeque Place   548 S Main Street, Rutherfordton NC   828-287-2020
Barley's Taproom and Pizzeria  123 W Main Street, Spindale NC
Big Al's Food Stand  2190 Poors Ford Rd., Rutherfordton NC
Big Dave's Family Seafood   123 Commercial Dr., Forest City NC
Cafe' at the Mall   2270 US-74 ALT #185, Forest City  NC
Cafe' Caulfield's   729 Oakland Rd. Spindale NC    828-286-1123
Carolina Cafe'   1026 E Main Street, Spindale NC   828-286-2411
Coastal and Country Restaurant   2749 US Hwy 64/74A
, Rutherfordton NC
Corner BBQ   694 N. Washington St., Rutherfordton NC   828-287-3853
Davis Donut House   652 W Main St., Rutherfordton NC   828-245-1258
Dragon Place   1639 US Hwy 74A Bypass, Spindale NC   828-287-5707
El Limon  420 S Broadway St., Forest City NC   828-248-2879
Forest City Diner   146 E Main Street, Forest City NC   828-382-0169
Forest City Fish Camp   236 Old US Hwy 74, Forest City NC   828-248-2525
Gilkey Cafe'   2310 US Hwy 221 North, Rutherfordton NC   828-287-0542
Granny's Sub Shoppe and Bakery   403 W Main, Spindale NC   828-286-9012
Greene's Cafe and Carry Out   858 W Main St., Forest City NC   828-245-8283

Hickory Log Barbecue   1163 W Main St., Forest City NC   828-245-6241
Hill Top Grill   2368 Oakland Rd., Forest City NC   828-247-0808
JD Sports Bar and Grill   151 Central, Rutherfordton NC   828-286-3399
Joe's Place Family Restaurant   657 Oak Street, Forest City NC   828-245-7523
Kobe Express Japanese Grill   708 W Main St., Spindale NC   828-286-8811
Legal Grounds Restaurant, Bar & Coffee   217 N Main St., Rutherfordton NC
Main Street Coffee and Ice Cream   184 N Main St., Rutherfordton
Mario's Restaurant   515 Hardin Road, Forest City NC   828-248-3553
Owl's Nest Sports Lounge  254 West Trade St., Forest City NC   828-202-5128
Scoggins Seafood and Steak House  300 Chimney Rock R., Rutherfordton NC
Rutherfordton_NC_Foundation_Performing_Arts_Center The Foundation Performing Arts Center  From symphony to old time bluegrass to silent films, the Arts Center at Isothermal Community College provides the stage for some of the best mountain music and entertainment.  For tickets or information, call the Box Office: 828-286-9990 Box Office Hours: Tues-Fri, 11 AM - 5 PM.  Closed on Monday 
Rutherford Community Theatre (Forest City) begun in 1967, has produced a wide variety of comedies, dramas, musicals, and murder mysteries. We are proud to be the oldest theatre organization in Rutherford County. 828-287-4809  
Rutherfordton NC Shops, Services
57 Alpha Airport Cafe 618 Airport Rd, Rutherfordton NC 828-286-1677
Antique Accents 85 N Main St,Rutherfordton, NC 28139   828-287-7270
The Barbeque Place 548 S Main St,Rutherfordton, NC  828-287-2020
Blue Bird Cafe 392 Charlotte Rd E, Rutherfordton NC   828-287-7711
Breakway Grill 288 S Ridgecrest, Rutherordton NC  828-287-5100
Broad River Gems & Mining  218 River Landing, Rutherfordton NC
Corner BBQ 694 N Washington St, Rutherfordton NC  828-287-3853
Country & Coastal Restaurant 2749 US Hwy 64/74A,  828-287-3005
Courtside Steaks 161 Park Lane Dr, Rutherfordton NC 828-287-3855
Fiddlestick’s Antique Mall 1201 US 221 S HWY, Rutherfordton  828-286-0054
Hill's Hardware & General Store  184 North Main Street, Rutherfordton NC
Main Street Emporium 207 N Main St, Rutherfordton, NC   828-287-0011
Mi Pueblito Mexican Restaurant 139 S Washington St,  828-287-2860
Ornamentals & Fine Welding, Inc.  Rutherfordton NC
Robbie's Lunch Box 881 US Hwy 64/74A, Rutherfordton NC   828-287-4666
Scoggin's Seafood and Steakhouse, Inc.300 Chimney Rock Rd  828-287-3167 Victorian Lace Antique Mall 196 Main St, Rutherfordton, NC   828-287-2620 
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Events in or near Rutherfordton
5/5              MayFest  2018
7/4              July 4th Freedom Festival
8/18-19      Hot Nights, Cool Rides
10/6           Hilltop Fall Festival 
10/31         Trick or Treat on Main Street

12/2           Christmas Tree lighting and Parade

                              Ongoing Events:
Forest City Baseball all Summer

Rutherford County Farmers Market Market  172 Depot Street, Forest City NC. 
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Sports, Outdoor Activities
Broad River Gems & Mining
218 River Landing, Rufordton NC
Bubba's Fun Park
1770 US Hwy 74A, Forest City NC
Cleghorn Plantation Golf
183 Golf Circle
Harris Motor Speedway
921 Jack McKinney Rd, Rutherfordton NC
Puddlefoot Stables
362 Cash Rd, Rutherfordton NC
Riverside Riding Stables
1325 Freeman Town Rd, Lake Lure NC
Thermal City Gold Mine 
5240 US 221 North Hwy, Union Mills NC
Rutherfordton NC Attractions
Green River PlantationGreen River Plantation  was built in 1804. The Green River house is a magnificent nineteenth century mansion resting on 366 acres that reflects all the refinement of the old south. 6333 Coxe Rd. Rutherford, NC
Rutherfordton Outdoor Coalition  was incorporated in May of 2003 as a private non-profit organization whose mission is to promote outdoor recreation in Rutherford County. ROC offers regular outings including hiking, paddling, cycling, running and more. Most of our outings are free and open to anyone. 
Rutherford County Heritage Center is an exhibit of the most significant events in Rutherford County's history. Information and stories of the Bechtler Mint, Gilbert Town, Over mountain Men and the Revolutionary War, Civil War, textiles, historic photographs, artifacts and videos as well as information for other area heritage sites are included. 289 N. Main St.  Rutherford County Office Building  828-287-6074 
Cherry Bounce Trail, an historic byway in Rutherford County, North Carolina is filled with natural beauty, historic sites and the memories of old-time moon shiners who frequented these hills and valleys years ago. The Cherry Bounce Trail is created and presented by the Leadership Rutherford Class of 2006 Isothermal Community College. 
Remember Cliffside tucked in the southeastern corner of Rutherford County, North Carolina along the Second Broad River. What's left of the village of Cliffside is dedicated to preserving the memories and lore of the little mill town. 
KidSenses Children's InterACTIVE Museum  is dedicated to interactive learning, enhancing classroom education with hands-on fun. The Museum seeks to provide an environment where children from birth to ten years old and adults are given a unique opportunity to play, learn, and create together. 172 N Main St, Rutherfordton, NC
Bennett Classics Automotive Museum Bennett Classics Museum  From muscle to vintage this automotive museum is and historical tribute to some of the favorite inventions in transportation. Established by Buddy and Joe Bennett the museum is open to the public 6 days a week and offers special experiences for tour groups or individual functions. 21 Vance Street in Forest City NC
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Rutherfordton Galleries, Crafts
Rutherford County Visual Art Center  is the project of the non-profit Rutherford Visual Artists Guild with more than 50 members. The center houses the Guild Gallery, Gift Shop, studio space for members and classroom  space for workshops and instruction. On Rutherfordton County Arts Guild, Gallery and Gift Shop
display and available for purchase are paintings in all mediums, ceramics, wood carving, sculpture, fused and stained glass, metal work, hand made furniture, fiber art and other creations of talented Rutherford County Guild members. Located at 160 N Main Street.
The Gallery  offers custom framing, fine art and craft. Located in historic downtown Rutherfordton. the quaint building is one of the oldest in town. The Gallery is listed in the HandMade in America guide book and focuses primarily on American made pieces, including local, regional and national work.  All custom framing is completed in house, in the frame shop in the back of the store. 181 N. Main St. Rutherfordton, NC
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