In Rutherford County, “The Great Outdoors” isn’t just a label; it’s all around us! Our many attractions offer a wide range of outdoor activities for the whole family. Numerous opportunities for fishing, boating, canoeing, and swimming are available for those who enjoy the water. If dry land is more to your liking, our plentiful walking and hiking trails await, along with our many parks and recreation options.
Chimney Rock State Park offers some of the most breathtaking rock formations and mountain views in the world. When you reach the top of Chimney Rock, you’ll see Lake Lure, which has been described as one of the finest man-made lakes on Earth. Once you get to the lake, take a pontoon boat tour or just grab your towel and enjoy some lounging time on the beach.
The towns of Forest City, Spindale, and Rutherfordton each offer quality parks and recreation programs, including swimming pools, walking trails, tracks for jogging, fields for baseball, soccer, and football, along with many children’s programs. Local sports and recreation associations, along with churches across the county, provide athletic programs for all ages. Several nearby stables and clubs cater to fans of equestrian activities.