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 828.287.6013 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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Small Towns in North Carolina

Welcome to the small towns of Lake Lure, Chimney Rock, Rutherfordton, Spindale, Forest City, Ellenboro, and Bostic. What makes these small towns so unique?  Each town has something different to offer, and they are close enough to each other that you can explore them all in a weekend!  From main streets and side streets to outdoor adventures and expansive views, there is a world waiting for you to explore, enjoy and love. Take a scenic drive, attend a local festival or explore their many parks and trails and experience fall color like never before.

Scenic Drives and Tours

Taste of the Carolinas Foodie Tour

Tickle your taste buds with our Taste of the Carolinas Foodie Tour. View More


Lakeview Tour

Art Mural Tour