With Love

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.

Read More
  • Search

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 down 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

Hometown Holidays

For the ultimate festive small town experience to get you in the holiday spirit, drive and stroll down Main Street decked out with a million lights for Hometown Holidays in our top...

Don't Miss Stops

Forest City Owls

The Forest City Owls are a two-time, national championship collegiate wooden-bat baseball team that plays at McNair field in Forest City. Summer fun... Find out more

Hot Nights Cool Rides

Art Murals

Bennett Car Museum

Forest City, North Carolina - Perfect Year Round

Town of Forest City - Perfect All Year Round