To our friends, visitors, local businesses and stakeholders- we're all in this together.

To our friends, visitors, local businesses and stakeholders- we're all in this together.

With LoveThe RCTDA continues to closely monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as it relates to our Nation, North Carolina and Rutherford County.Our top priority is always the safety, health, and wellbeing of our community, its residents, and visitors.  We understand that these times are confusing and can be difficult for many.  We encourage you to continue supporting each other and our community's small businesses and ask that you reference individual websites and social media platforms for updates on local businesses and events. At this time and until further notice, our two Welcome Centers are closed and the Tourism Development Authority office is seeing guests by appointment only.  Please call 828.207.6013 or email Taylor at Taylor.Hardin@rutherfordcountync.gov if you have any questions or to make an appointment.

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History Tours in Lake Lure & The Blue Ridge Foothills

Rutherford County is full of history and interesting facts that bring tourists back year after year. In the early years it was the gateway to the west and the location of the first newspaper, post office, and state charted school for Western North Carolina. Today, it serves as an ideal location to enjoy small town friendly, a lake escape, a top N.C. State Park, and an atmosphere that is easy to get lost in. Enrich yourself in the history-focused itineraries that guide you through our charming small towns. Click here to view historical sites.