Rutherford County, North Carolina Vacations (NC)

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Home of Lake Lure

Rutherford County offers visitors an opportunity to experience some of the most spectacular natural attractions in North Carolina. Enjoy the serene beauty of Lake Lure by taking a tour or cruise of the lake.

For those seeking a little more adventure, there's plenty to do! Activities such as tubing, boating and fishing are sure to make every member of your family smile.

Looking for something to get the adrenaline pumping faster, then Chimney Rock is for you. Incredible 75-mile views, sheer cliffs and unique rock formations will have even the most die-hard outdoor enthusiast salivating. There are plenty of trails to explore, including one that leads to the 404 foot Hickory Nut Falls. there's plenty of rock to conquer, with climbing and repelling adventures offered by professional rock climber Adam Fox of Fox Mountain Guides.

You can reach the "Chimney" by stairs and bridges or via a 26-story elevator blasted out of the mountain. Pack a picnic or enjoy lunch at the Old Rock Cafe overlooking the Rocky Broad River.

For years Rutherford County's breathtaking splendor has enticed travelers from around the world and has been a popular destination for film studios seeking scenic locations. Movies such as Dirty Dancing, Firestarter and My Fellow Americans showcased the beauty of Lake Lure. In 1992, Last of the Mohicans used the magnificent landscape of Chimney Rock, Rumbling Bald Mountain and Hickory Nut Gorge to recreate James Fenimore Cooper's epic tale.

Another stop on your journey of historic Rutherford County should be the Green River Plantation, a beautifully restored mansion that was originally built around 1804. It's open for tours, weddings and offers B&B accommodations.

The Performing Arts Conference Center plays host to a variety of plays, musicals, and other local events, which showcase the rich cultural heritage of this unique North Carolina treasure.

For more information on this mountain county, go to the Hickory Nut Gorge Chamber of Commerce or Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce.