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About Chimney Rock & Rutherford County Area

Rutherford County – the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains is home to Chimney Rock Village, Lake Lure, Forest City, Spindale and the county seat of Rutherfordton – which celebrates its 225th anniversary in 2012.

The Village of Chimney Rock is situated in Hickory Nut Gorge, directly below the famous vistas of Chimney Rock Mountain and contains almost three miles of the scenic Rocky Broad River. Chimney Rock State Park, located nearby, offers 75-mile views of Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure as well as camping and hiking trails.

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Stories from Chimney Rock & Rutherford County Areas

July 15, 2019
If you're wondering where to go swimming during your Blue Ridge Parkway trip, we've rounded up all the best spots. It's important to note that while there are some beautiful waters located right on the Parkway itself, swimming is not allowed in Parkway waters. But there are no shortage of great swimming holes nearby, as well as guided rafting tours, kayak rentals, tubing, and some beautiful lakeside rentals.