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Rutherford County Tourism

Rutherford County TDA (Tourism Development Authority) is a dedicated team of citizens who love to share their stories and trip ideas about what makes Lake Lure and the Blue Ridge Foothills such an amazing place to visit.

Immersive Wilderness & Indoor Education

Summer vacation is nearing its end and many families (and teachers!) are getting ready for the official start of a new school year. No matter whether you're a parent, student, teacher, or simply a lover of learning, there’s always room for immersive education outside of the classroom! Here in…

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Did You Hear It's World Listening Day!

The foothills of NC are well known for spectacular views, exhilarating trails, and unique local artisan works. You can almost hear nature sing as you wander along the byways and paths that traverse across the region’s forested splendor. Fortunately, there’s a holiday to celebrate exactly that! This…

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Western NC Cycling & Mountain Biking

As children, many of us learned to ride a bike. The excitement and feeling of freedom that first day the training wheels came off and the experience of really (or so we thought!) flying up and down hills with the wind whipping around our faces is a memory that provides reminders of pure childhood…

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Fireworks and Festivities 2021

American Independence Day is full of family gatherings, cookouts, and activities that can only be enjoyed in the great outdoors; but for many of us, the most exhilarating part of this national holiday is (of course) the fireworks! From exploding stars that illuminate the night sky, to showering…

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Memorial Day Weekend

It may not be the official start of summer on the calendar, but Memorial Day Weekend symbolizes the unofficial beginning of summer for many of us. Thoughts of warm days, temperate nights, and outdoor activities beckon us to embrace the burgeoning warmth that spring began and get outdoors. This…

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Our Hiking Picks for National Trails Day

June 5th is National Trails Day. What better way to celebrate this wonderful, slightly obscure holiday than to hit the trails of the Western North Carolina foothills! Here in Rutherford county, we've got the perfect hiking experience for every ability and agility level. Easy Does It For those that…

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Spring Adventures with Waterfalls!

As Mother Nature shakes off the final vestiges of winter's chill, the advent of Spring brings promises of warm sunny days, beautiful flowers, and joyfully splashing waterfalls freed from their icy slumber. In a recent New York Times article it was stated, "Fall is to leaf peeping, as Spring is to…

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