Forest City, NC

Small town, deep roots.

Forest City brings southern charm and historic preservation together with modern innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. Historic downtown features modern boutiques, nostalgic antiques, and "mom-and-pop" eateries.

Every winter Forest City's Hometown Holidays celebration lights up Main Street with more than one million lights, an annual tradition since 1930. Classics like a soda fountain, vintage cars, and wooden-bat baseball round out the small-town American experience.

Today, the population of Forest City is around 7,500 residents. Whether you pick the holidays to plan your visit or another time, come experience this "Small Town with Deep Roots" for a true southern hospitality experience

Don't Miss Stops

Forest City Owls

The Forest City Owls are a two-time, national championship collegiate wooden-bat baseball team that plays…

Hot Nights Cool Rides

From custom-built ""Rat Rods"" to luxurious Lamborghinis, this 400+ vehicle car, truck, and motorcycle…

Art Murals

The unique towns of Rutherford County, NC boast a series of murals that speak to our history, our beauty…

Bennett Car Museum

The history and beauty of the cars at Bennett Classics Antique Auto Museum will convert curious visitors…


Each year people flock to Lake Lure and the Blue Ridge Foothills for our famous events and festivals…

Town of Forest City - Perfect All Year Round

View this quick video tour to see the stops you don't want to miss as you visit Forest City, NC.