If you're looking for something to do with dad on Father's Day, Rutherford County has multitudes of possibilities. From hiking to water activities, golf, and sampling local brews, there's no end to the possibilities for celebrating dad in the North Carolina foothills.
Rutherford County is home to some of the best trails in North Carolina. If dad enjoys a good hike, there are plenty of options to choose from. Buffalo Creek Park in Lake Lure offers 1,527 acres of trails for both hikers and cyclists. The Weed Patch Mountain Trail at Buffalo Creek links to Chimney Rock State Park, where dad can get an incredible view from Eagle Rock.
Chimney Rock State Park also offers a variety of trails for dad to explore, ranging from easy to strenuous, with panoramic views that are beyond compare. From the park’s Great Woodland Adventure Trail for the youngest hikers, to their Skyline Trail for more seasoned hikers, there's something for every level of adventurer at Chimney Rock.
What better way to spend Father's Day than out on the water? Lake Lure is a great place to cool off on a hot day. Dad can enjoy fishing, swimming, or just relaxing on the beach. If he's feeling adventurous, he can try stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking. For something truly unique, try a pontoon boat tour with Lake Lure Tours. They offer guided tours, box lunch cruises, and even dinner cruises around the lake.
If your dad loves golf, he'll be in heaven in Rutherford County. Apple Valley Golf Course in Lake Lure is a 72 par Dan Maples course that was listed as one of Golf Digest's most beautiful places to play. PGA fanatics and aficionados will love Cleghorn Golf & Sports Club in Rutherfordton. It's a 71 par course that's incredibly pristine throughout its 18 challenging holes, and was designed by the famed George Cobb, who also designed Augusta National's Par 3 course and Quail Hollow in Charlotte.
Is your dad an outdoorsman? Rutherford County is a great place to go fishing and hunting. The Cleghorn Gun Club in Rutherfordton offers sporting clay courses and shooting instruction sessions. South Mountain Gamelands in Golden Valley has 20,000 acres of land for public hunting, fishing, and hiking expeditions.
After a long day of activities, dad deserves to relax with a cold beer. Hickory Nut Gorge Brewery in Chimney Rock is the perfect spot to do just that. With views of the Rocky Broad River and local brews on tap, it's the perfect place to unwind.
Whatever you decide to do, the North Carolina foothills are the perfect place to celebrate dad this Father's Day. So grab your father and come on out! There's something for everyone to enjoy in Rutherford county.