Lake Lure and the Blue Ridge Foothills...
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park • Lake Lure • Hickory Nut Gorge • Chimney Rock Village
Golden Valley • Rutherfordton • Forest City • Spindale
Cherry Bounce Trail • Drover's Trail • South Mountain Scenery By-Way

The vast landscape bordering the western piedmont of North Carolina rolls unobstructed across the horizon towards the eastern wall of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Wave upon wave of foothills caress the lower mountain slopes of this ancient barrier wall, drawing ever so grandly towards a dramatic peak along the rugged mountain's crest.

Western North Carolina's Rutherford County is cradled here in this diverse landscape offering high mountain adventure, a scenic mountain lake fitting a Hollywood backdrop, spacious meadowlands and the serene foothill country of the eastern Blue Ridge Mountain range.

The folks living in the towns and communities within Rutherford County not only cherish their homelands' natural beauty and rich heritage, they gladly welcome visitors and new residents to join them for fun, recreation, live entertainment, cultural heritage and so much more. During the Blue Ridge Highlander's many trips to the area we felt a genuine hometown hospitality everywhere we ventured throughout these beautiful foothills and mountain lands.

Rutherford County is one of Western North Carolina's most popular vacation destinations. Here you will find unique natural wonders, rugged mountains, defining foothills, vast meadowlands, and beautiful waterways awaiting your arrival. During our journey we found a variety of lodging from private and secluded cabin rentals, unique bed and breakfasts inns to popular resorts and spas. Whatever your lodging preference, you will find what you are looking for here in these majestic Blue Ridge Mountains and Foothills.

Towns like Rutherfordton, Forest City and Spindale along with the smaller communities in the surrounding countryside offer a personal glimpse into what true blue rural America is all about...a slower pace, less stress and friendly folks. As a travel destination, resort towns such as Lake Lure and Chimney Rock Village along with the mountainous regions of Golden Valley in northeastern Rutherford County, offer comfort, luxury, convenience and seclusion in a setting of natural wonders. Local and outlying residential and upscale communities have all the amenities needed to make Rutherford County an excellent choice for a 2nd home, retirement or relocation.

Covered Bridge in Rutherford County

Today, this land of natural wonders is fondly referred to as "Lake Lure and the Blue Ridge Foothills," a fitting name for the locals who cherish their county's farmlands and waterways as well as their majestic mountain and hill country. The county is best known for Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park and the picturesque clear blue waters of Lake Lure, although there is so much more to Rutherford County you'll want to become acquainted with. Quaint historical towns throughout the northern mountain and valley country of Rutherford County including Golden Valley, offer a very special and insightful addition to the county's rich heritage and beauty.

The larger towns and other communities of Rutherford County offer an array of activities including an outdoor concert venue, a new minor league baseball team, a premier women's clothing outlet, museums, live entertainment, theaters and numerous event and festivals throughout the year.

Adventure and Family Fun in Rutherford County

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park. Come for the views discover infinite possibilities- 75-mile views of Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure, unique hiking trails, 404-foot Hickory Nut Falls, amazing rock formations, guided rock climbing and signature special events.

Preferred Lodging in Rutherford County

Golden Valley Vacation Cabin Rentals

Peaceful, private and relaxing" describes our selection of impressive vacation home and log cabin accommodations in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Our getaway destination have gorgeous mountain views. Located between Hickory and Asheville, 15 miles south of I-40 on NC Scenic Byway, Route 226, in the Beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, our cabins are within minutes of many of North Carolina's most visited mountain attractions.

Luxury Real Estate for Sale in Golden Valley North Carolina

Luxury Cedar Log Home for Sale in Golden Valley North Carolina

If you're looking for a private Blue Ridge Mountain getaway, far away from the stress of everyday life, yet close enought to Asheville for all the conveniences you could want, Summit Lodge is that place.

No detail was overlooked when building this custom cedar log home, including choosing property with an awe inspiring mountain view. Perfect for a full time residence, a family getaway in the mountains with future retirement plans or a corporate retreat.

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