With NC COVID guidelines still in place, trying to find a fantastic group activity that keeps everyone safe can seem like a daunting task. No worries. Rutherford county has you covered. For super fun social activities that keep everyone “socially-distanced”, we’ve got some great options!


If your group includes airborne thrill-seekers, then ziplining may be the perfect option for a great day of socially-distanced fun! Both Boulderline Zip and Canopy Ridge Farm have group ziplining tours that are sure to please even the most jaded of daredevils. Fly ridge to ridge across gorges, through forests, and over water and hillsides as you experience foothills scenic beauty from a bird’s eye view. Both Boulderline and Canopy Ridge require reservations so be sure to check their websites or give them a call to secure your group’s spot - It’s definitely a soaring experience you’ll never forget!

Horseback Riding

Riding along mountain ridges, through forested valleys, and across creeks atop your very own majestic steed is definitely an activity option for an incredible socially-distanced experience. The pros at Cedar Creek Stables and  Riverside Riding Stables offer multiple trail rides that’ll provide awe-inspiring moments of scenic beauty and excitement without distancing worries. From 1, 1.5, or 2 hour guided excursions amid majestic woodland scenery, to stable-side pony rides for the smallest adventurers, you’re certain to find the perfect fit for everyone in your group. Be sure to reserve in advance and follow each stable’s guidelines. Now there’s a bit of group adventure advice that’s straight from the horse’s mouth!

Kayaking & Paddleboarding

If waterborne excitement is more your group’s style, then kayaking or paddleboarding are fabulous ways to have fun on the lake without worry about unhealthy exposure. Lake Lure Adventure Company and Rumbling Bald Resort both offer kayak and paddleboard rental options by the hour or day that are guaranteed to put a whole new level of splash back into your crew’s outing. Reservations and waivers are required, so make sure to check their websites or call in advance. It’s a wetly wild scenic adventure that’s sure to plunge the fun back into your outing!


Taking a scenic hike is always a great way to experience the outdoors with friends, and now more than ever the opportunity for fresh air and awe-inspiring beauty is an activity goal that’s positive food for the soul. From easygoing walks like Rutherfordton’s Purple Martin Greenway or the county’s fantastic Thermal Belt Rail Trail, to more challenging hiking options like the trails at Chimney Rock State Park, Dittmer-Watts Nature Trail, or even the South Mountain Game Lands - Rutherford county has trail options to thrill every age and ability level. Be sure to check the trail websites for hours and COVID restrictions before arriving to start your hiking journey and don’t forget your camera to record the moments that are sure to joyously take your breath away!

Staying social while social-distancing isn’t an unachievable goal - not when the NC foothills of Rutherford county offer a variety of options for every age and ability level. So come on out! We can’t wait to make healthy memories with you soon!