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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Bostic and Golden Valley

Home to rolling green hills, the South Mountains Game Lands and the most iconic section of the Cherry Bounce Driving Trail, Bostic hides its treasures away on dusty, dirt roads. Visit Washburn’s General Store, “the oldest, consecutively family-owned and operated retail business in North Carolina” – it’s known for keeping modern necessities in stock next to old-fashioned penny candy from your grandparents’ heyday.

Washburn's General Store

Washburn's General Store is the oldest continually family ran general store in North Carolina. The business started in 1831. We have it all! Established in 1831, the five-generation family...

If you’re into mystery and folklore, the Bostic Lincoln Center exhibits key facts and testimony supporting the theory that President Abraham Lincoln was born here! For spirit-lovers, the Golden Valley area holds the glory of Blue Ridge Distilling Company — take a tour and sample its Defiant Whisky. Both of these stops can be found on our Cherry Bounce Trail driving tour which follows the historic route taken by those searching for Amos Owen's famous Cherry Bounce Moonshine made in the heart of Golden Valley.

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Bostic Lincoln Center

Was Abraham Lincoln really born in North Carolina? The Bostic Lincoln Center explores this possibility through a collection of history, artifacts and... Find out more

Cherry Bounce Trail

Defiant Whisky

South Mountain Game Lands and State Park