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The 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 828.287.6013 or email Taylor at Taylor.Hardin@rutherfordcountync.gov if you have any questions or to make an appointment. Click here to view our dedicated page & to stay informed throughout the Covid-19 crisis.

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Purple Martin Greenway Trail

Named after the Purple Martin bird that appeared on General Griffith Rutherford's family crest, the Purple Martin Greenway is Rutherfordton's first natural trail system. Along this trail you can explore wildlife, creeks, a small waterfall and local plant life. The trail is bike, kid and pet friendly as well as handicap accessible. Located just off US Hwy 221, south of downtown Rutherfordton, phase 1 opened in the fall of 2015 and includes an easy stroll along Cleghorn Creek. The trail is set to continue north and eventually connect downtown, Kiwanis Park, and ultimately the Isothermal Rail Trail. It will feature creative works by local artists and interesting facts about the town's history. Looking for more fun? Pick up an Adventure Guide at most downtown retailers or go online to RutherfordtonTrails.com

Crestview Park & Purple Martin Trail

Purple Martin Greenway

Hwy 221, South of downtown Rutherfordton, Rutherfordton, NC