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 if you have any questions or to make an appointment.

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Bechtler Gold Mile Trail

Christopher Bechtler minted America's first one-dollar gold coin, in 1832, almost 17 years before the U.S. Mint made one of its own. The Gold Mile is a commemorative trail around downtown Rutherfordton that begins at the Bechtler House on W. 6th Street, and passes by boutiques and businesses on Main Street. The trail is marked by replica one-dollar Bechtler gold coins commemorating special individuals and organizations. Although the coins are not real gold like the original, they are crafted by a local artist to resemble Bechtler's famous one-dollar coin. Each one is handmade and customized with a dedication message. If you are interested in leaving your mark on Rutherford County and becoming a part of the Gold Mile, you can pick up a donation form at the Bechtler House or online at

The Gold Mile

Main St., Rutherfordton, NC