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Visit during the spring and enjoy the early burst of color or spend some time with us over summer vacation; rent a lake house, take a boat tour, hike a trail, or attend a festival.  Prefer to travel in the fall, take a scenic drive on country roads lined with rich hues of red, orange and gold or see it all up close by exploring one of our many trails or parks that reward those that choose to hike. Just make sure you don't count us out for winter travel because we have one of the best light displays in the country, not to mention hometown Christmas parades that make you feel like you've traveled back in time.  Choose your adventure and we will see you soon.

Category - Adventure

Purple Martin Greenway Sensory Trail

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 10:00 AM by Rutherford County Tourism

Welcome to the pet-friendly Purple Martin Greenway. Hidden right off Hwy 221, just outside of downtown Rutherfordton, the nature, wildlife, and other outdoor elements may go unnoticed by many; however, the picturesque surroundings are right in front of our eyes!

To begin your journey, we suggest

Your Small Town Shopping Guide

Thursday, August 2, 2018 10:00 PM by Rutherford County Tourism

With so many retail therapy options - Lake Lure and the Blue Ridge Foothills can be a consumers oasis! From specialty retailers to the general stores that have diverse items, you’ll not only find everything you need but view sweeping mountain landscapes that are gorgeous and serene along the way!

When it comes to agreeing on things to do or places to eat during your summer getaway, it can be a challenge to land on that one choice that everyone will love equally the same.

That’s where the classic American picnic can become a great unifier.

With gorgeous parks, trails and picnic tables

Welcome to a small mountain town that will take you back to simpler times. Situated inside the expansive landscape of the Hickory Nut Gorge and home to one of Western North Carolina’s most popular outdoor attractions, Chimney Rock Village is full of surprises waiting to be explored. The village has

Plan an escape from the daily grind, and retreat to a recreational destination where the alluring beauty pulls you in and the noise of the world turns to silence. Nestled deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina in the heart of the Hickory Nut Gorge lies Lake Lure, a majestic small

A Destination for all Seasons

Thursday, March 22, 2018 12:00 PM by Rutherford County Tourism

Lake Lure and the Blue Ridge Foothills is the ultimate year-round destination. From splashing around in the water at Lake Lure Beach during the summer, to viewing the rich blankets of fall color that cover Chimney Rock; to coming home for the holidays to the millions of lights that magically light

Family Fun Abounds in NC

Monday, August 7, 2017 3:00 PM

Go ahead – goof off! Our lake, streams, trails and parks provide the perfect avenue for letting your imagination run wild. Lake Lure and the Blue Ridge Foothills is a place where family fun and adventure collide. Whether you are looking to plan a scavenger hunt down one of our many trails or play indoors during a rainy day, our small towns have everything you need to have the time of your life.

From beginners to extreme outdoor enthusiasts - and all abilities in between – Lake Lure & the Blue Ridge Foothills packs in a variety of scenic trails, sure to provide ample natural distractions for a day, a weekend or an entire season.

Whether you hike, bike, paddle or stroll, you will have the

Everyone knows what it takes to make a dog truly happy. A warm bed, ample treats and plenty of behind-the-ear massages go a long way, but what they really want is to go wherever we go. And that, of course, includes our vacations.

Luckily, Lake Lure & the Blue Ridge Foothills isn’t just a place with

Like barbecue and baseball, the annual spring break tradition is a uniquely American phenomenon. Sure, other countries take a pause from the classroom grind, but in the United States, we take spring break so seriously that beginning as early as January, plans are perfected and the countdown