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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The N.C. Gold Trail

Did you know that before the California Gold Rush there was the NC Gold Rush? In fact, North Carolina led the U.S. in gold production until 1848.

The North Carolina Gold Trail is a heritage destination trail that spans across the state whose purpose is to educate visitors about the NC Gold Rush and the significance it played in the history of the U.S.  Headquartered in Rutherfordton, NC, the trail takes you on a tour of some of the state's most historical sites and events including:

Bechtler House - Home of Christopher Bechtler who minted the first $1 gold coin in 1832, over 17 years before the U.S. Mint made one of their own.

Reed Gold Mine - Where the first discovery of gold in America was found in a creek by a twelve-year-old Conrad Reed in 1799, almost fifty years before the California Gold Rush.

Historic Gold Hill - A nineteenth century gold mining boom town.

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N.C. Gold Trail

The North Carolina Gold Trail is a heritage destination trail that spans across the state whose purpose is to educate visitors about the NC Gold Rush... Explore Now

Gold and Gem Mining

Christopher Bechtler House

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