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About Chimney Rock & Rutherford County Area

Rutherford County, located in  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 celebrated its 225th anniversary in 2012.

The Village of Chimney Rock is situated in Hickory Nut Gorge which contains almost three miles of the scenic Rocky Broad River. Chimney Rock Mountain at Chimney Rock State Park offers 75-mile views of the Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure. Hiking trails leads to Hickory Nut Falls and other scenic rock formations.

Stories from Chimney Rock & Rutherford County Areas

December 31, 2020
When high elevation nighttime temperatures dip below freezing, sections of the Parkway may be closed due to ice and snow. The roadway is not plowed or salted so closed areas become wonderful winter playgrounds for pedestrians, cyclists, skiers and snowshoers alike.
September 9, 2020
Numerous waterfalls are located throughout the Shenandoah, Great Smoky Mountains and Blue Ridge Parkway regions. Some are visible from the road and some require a hike. This list notes the location and ease of access for each waterfall.
April 17, 2020
Whether you are enjoying the entire Blue Ridge Parkway or just visiting regions in North Carolina or Tennessee, there are many ways to enjoy nature and the outdoors, even in the lodging opportunities available along the route.
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. 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.