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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Thermal Belt Rail Trail

Main Street, Spindale, NC 28160

Miles of paved or conditioned gravel for bike, walk, hike, run, and equestrian use. Mountain bike or hybrid recommended. Converted rail corridor connecting multiple communities (Spindale, Rutherfordton, Ruth, Gilkey). Paved sections runs from Spindale to Ruth at US 64 and is 6 feet wide. The gravel section runs from US 64 to Gilkey and is 6-8 feet wide. The Town of Forest City has acquired nearly 5 miles of additional trail corridor and there are plans to extend the trail east. Distance: 7.87 miles Surface: Crushed Gravel Trail Use: Bike, Hike, Walk, Run Trial Head 1 101 Main St Spindale, NC 28160 Trail Head 2 Fashion Circle Rutherfordton, NC 28139 Trail Head 3 342 Gilboa Church Road Rutherfordton, NC 28139