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 Taylor.Hardin@rutherfordcountync.gov if you have any questions or to make an appointment.

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Ruth, NC

Ruth is one of our small towns that is home to the Thermal Belt Rail Trail as well as a mural along our Art Mural Trail. Known by locals as one of the prettiest little light displays during the holidays, Ruth may be little, but its impact on Rutherford County is big.

Thermal Belt Rail Trail

This converted rail line is now a trail connecting the towns of Rutherfordton and Spindale – and very soon Forest City. You can bike, walk, or run the trail, passing the Bechtler Mint Site,...

Art Mural Trail through Rutherford County

The unique towns of Rutherford County, NC boast a series of murals that speak to our history, our beauty, and our love of the arts.