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Rutherfordton is a town of approximately 4,000, located in the western foothills of North Carolina. This is the kind of place where small town charm and "down home" friendliness is a way of life. Rutherfordton has shady, tree-lined streets, small downtown shops and a town square filled with colorful flowers. For things to do, Rutherfordton is near many of the attractions of the Western Foothill area, such as Lake Lure. Recognized by National Geographic as "one of the ten most beautiful man-made lakes in the world," Lake Lure lies within the Hickory Nut Gorge and offers swimming, boating, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, pontoon boats and water skiing. Other attractions near Rutherfordton include Chimney Rock Park, with its 404-foot waterfall and "the Chimney," a 315-foot monolith located above the gorge. Hickory Nut Falls is one of the highest waterfalls east of the Mississippi and can be reached by hiking along the Skyline-Cliff Trail Loop to its top. An easier walk to the falls is "the Forest Stroll" to a platform at the bottom of the falls. Other points of interest in Chimney Rock Park include The Opera Box, Inspiration Point, Needles Eye and Exclamation Point. The Rutherfordton area also offers antique shops, great restaurants and accommodations from cozy bed and breakfasts to rustic cabins.

Surrounding areas: Pinnacle Mountain, North Carolina (12.3 mi), Lake Lure, North Carolina (14.2 mi), Columbus, North Carolina (15.8 mi), Chimney Rock, North Carolina (17.1 mi), Tryon, North Carolina (19.4 mi), Old Fort, North Carolina (21.9 mi), Saluda, North Carolina (24.0 mi)

Rutherfordton Vacation Rentals

Rutherfordton Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Rutherford Inn210 Reservation DrSpindale, NC1.9 mi.(704) 286-3681
Comfort Inn205 Commerical DrForest City, NC5.7 mi.(828) 248-3400
Holiday Inn Express200 Holiday Inn DrForest City, NC5.7 mi.(828) 755-2000
Jameson Inns164 Jameson Inn DrForest City, NC5.7 mi.(828) 287-8788
Ramada Limited2600 Hwy 74aForest City, NC5.7 mi.(828) 248-1711
Lake Lure Golf & Beach Resort112 MTNS BlvdLake Lure, NC14.6 mi.(800) 260-1040
Lake Lure InnHwy 64/74Lake Lure, NC14.6 mi.(828) 625-2525
Days Inn501 W MLS StColumbus, NC15.8 mi.(828) 894-3303
Americinn Lodge & Suites428 E College AveBoiling Springs, NC19.0 mi.(704) 434-9996
Comfort Inn178 Hwy 70 WMarion, NC21.9 mi.(828) 652-4888
Days Inn4248 Hwy 221 SMarion, NC21.9 mi.(828) 659-2567
Econo LodgeRt 1 Box 68aMarion, NC21.9 mi.(828) 659-7940
Fairfield Inn North Spartanburg125 Sloane GardenBoiling Springs, SC22.4 mi.(864) 699-0000
Days Inn1431 W Dixon BlvdShelby, NC22.8 mi.(704) 482-1800
Hampton Inn Gaffney115 Nancy Creek RdGaffney, SC24.2 mi.(864) 206-0011
Comfort Inn & Suites154 Candlenut LnSpartanburg, SC24.5 mi.(864) 814-2001
Motel 6105 Jones RdSpartanburg, SC24.6 mi.(864) 573-6303
Quality Inn143 Corona DrGaffney, SC24.7 mi.(864) 487-4200
Super 8 Motel100 Ellis Ferry AveGaffney, SC25.6 mi.(864) 489-1699
Travelers Inn710 Sunbeam RdSpartanburg, SC25.8 mi.(864) 578-9450
Campus Place Extended Stay1050 Charisma DrSpartanburg, SC26.1 mi.(864) 699-1088
Super 8 Motel1716 E Dixon BlvdShelby, NC26.4 mi.(704) 484-2102
Days Inn101 Outlet RdSpartanburg, SC26.4 mi.(864) 576-7300
Quality Inn2070 New Cut RdSpartanburg, SC26.4 mi.(864) 576-2992
Hampton Inn Hendersonville155 Sugarloaf RdHendersonville, NC26.6 mi.(828) 697-2333
Ramada Limited150 Sugarloaf RdHendersonville, NC26.6 mi.(828) 697-0006
Courtyard By Marriott110 Mobile DrSpartanburg, SC26.6 mi.(864) 585-2400
Days Inn1000 Hearon CirSpartanburg, SC26.6 mi.(864) 503-9048
Extended Stay America130 Mobile DrSpartanburg, SC26.6 mi.(864) 573-5949
Quality Hotel And Conference Center7136 Asheville HwySpartanburg, SC26.6 mi.(864) 578-5530
Quality Inn & Suites201 Sugarloaf RdHendersonville, NC26.7 mi.(828) 697-4399
Comfort Inn585 Hwy 9 I-40 Exit 64Black Mountain, NC26.8 mi.(828) 669-9950
Fairfield Inn-spartanburg160 Simuel RdSpartanburg, SC26.8 mi.(864) 542-0333
Howard Johnson Express Inn6690 Pottery RdSpartanburg, SC26.8 mi.(864) 576-0042
Hampton Inn Shelby2012 E Marion StShelby, NC26.9 mi.(704) 482-5666
Holiday Inn Express834 Winslow AveGaffney, SC26.9 mi.(864) 487-5337
Jameson Inn101 Stuard StGaffney, SC26.9 mi.(864) 489-0240
Red Roof Inn132 New Painter DrGaffney, SC26.9 mi.(864) 206-0200
Assembly InnMontreat, NC27.2 mi.(828) 669-2911
Days Inn - Hendersonville102 Mitchell DrHendersonville, NC27.5 mi.(828) 697-5999
Bed & Breakfast
Woodfield Inn2905 Greenville HwyFlat Rock, NC28.1 mi.(828) 693-6016

Rutherfordton Weather & Climate

The Blue Ridge Mountains range from 800 feet to over 6,600 feet and topography affects the local weather. Expect temperatures to be 10 to 20 degrees cooler on the mountaintops than in the cities below. Spring is unpredictable, particularly at the higher elevations. Summer is warm and humid, but more pleasant at the higher elevations, with temperatures rarely reaching 90 degrees. Afternoon showers and thunderstorms are common. Winter is generally moderate, but extreme conditions can occur at the mountain peaks. It's not unusual to have warm temperatures in the valleys and snow in the higher areas. In the lowlands, snows of one inch or more occur just 1-5 times per year. More frequent and deeper snows fall at the higher elevations, although ski resorts rely on snowmaking equipment to ensure a good base. Fall often has warm days and cool nights and is the driest period.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 49°F 25°F 5.01 in. 49°F
February 54°F 27°F 4.16 in. 46°F
March 61°F 34°F 5.45 in. 52°F
April 71°F 42°F 3.69 in. 59°F
May 78°F 51°F 4.63 in. 68°F
June 85°F 59°F 4.06 in. 73°F
July 89°F 64°F 4.05 in. 77°F
August 87°F 62°F 4.29 in. 80°F
September 81°F 56°F 4.06 in. 76°F
October 71°F 44°F 4.42 in. 70°F
November 61°F 35°F 3.94 in. 58°F
December 52°F 28°F 3.78 in. 55°F

Rutherfordton Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Asheville Regional airport (AVL) located about 33 miles west of Rutherfordton in Asheville, North Carolina, the Greenville Spartanburg International airport (GSP) located approximately 35 miles southwest of Rutherfordton in Greer, South Carolina, the Donaldson Center airport (GYH) located roughly 48 miles southwest of Rutherfordton in Greenville, South Carolina, and finally the Charlotte Douglas International airport (CLT) located around 58 miles east of Rutherfordton in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Rutherfordton Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Paramount's CarowindsCharlotteNC63.6 mi.
Ghost Town in the SkyMaggie ValleyNC65.0 mi.
Cherokee Fun ParkCherokeeNC76.8 mi.
Santa's LandCherokeeNC76.8 mi.
JeepersConcordNC77.6 mi.
Water Parks
Paramount's Carowinds-Water WorksPinevilleNC63.3 mi.
Golf Courses
Cleghorn Plantation Golf & Country ClubRutherfordtonNC 
Meadowbrook Golf ClubRutherfordtonNC 
Rutherfordton Golf ClubRutherfordtonNC 
Forest City Municipal Golf CourseForest CityNC5.0 mi.
Devils Ridge Golf ClubHolly SpringsNC8.8 mi.
Dogwood Valley Golf CourseCaroleenNC11.3 mi.
Lake Lure Municipal Golf CourseLake LureNC13.5 mi.
Lake Lure Golf & Beach ResortLake LureNC14.2 mi.
Red Fox Country ClubTryonNC15.3 mi.
Links O TryonCampobelloSC21.0 mi.
Old Fort Golf CourseOld FortNC21.4 mi.
River Bend Golf CourseShelbyNC22.0 mi.
Royster Memorial Golf CourseShelbyNC22.9 mi.
Village Greens Golf & Country ClubGramlingSC22.9 mi.
Challenger 3 Golf CourseShelbyNC24.7 mi.
Deer Brook Golf ClubShelbyNC24.7 mi.
Black Mountain Golf CourseBlack MountainNC26.4 mi.
Pine Grove Golf ClubShelbyNC26.6 mi.
Knobbs Creek Par 3 Golf CourseElizabeth CityNC26.9 mi.
Magnolia Golf ClubMagnoliaNC28.5 mi.
Crooked Creek Golf ClubHendersonvilleNC28.6 mi.
Cummings Cove Golf & Country ClubHendersonvilleNC28.6 mi.
Orchard Trace Golf ClubHendersonvilleNC28.6 mi.
Creek Golf ClubSpartanburgSC29.7 mi.
Oak Ridge Country ClubSpartanburgSC29.7 mi.
Peach Valley Golf CourseSpartanburgSC29.7 mi.
Silver Creek PlantationMorgantonNC30.0 mi.
Ski Areas
Ski Wolf LaurelMars HillNC45.9 mi.
Hawksnest Golf & Ski ResortSeven DevilsNC54.9 mi.
Ski BeechBanner ElkNC55.1 mi.
Sugar Mountain Ski AreaBanner ElkNC55.1 mi.
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC65.0 mi.
Scaly MountainScaly MountainNC80.7 mi.
State Parks
Mount Mitchell State ParkNC32.5 mi. 
Croft State ParkSC35.2 mi. 
Pleasant Ridge State ParkSC35.3 mi. 
Kings Mountain State ParkSC38.0 mi. 
Paris Mountain State ParkSC38.5 mi. 
Crowders Mountain State ParkNC39.7 mi. 
Hickory Museum of ArtHickoryNC42.8 mi.(Art)
Bob Jones University Museum & GalleryGreenvilleSC43.4 mi.(Art)
Schiele Museum of Natural HistoryGastoniaNC44.0 mi.(Science)
South Carolina Gold MuseumPickensSC54.1 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Zoos and Aquariums
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC37.2 mi.
Greenville ZooGreenvilleSC43.4 mi.
Riverbanks Zoological Park and Botanical GardenColumbiaSC108.1 mi.
Knoxville Zoological GardensKnoxvilleTN117.6 mi.

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