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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 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 as well as camping and hiking trails.

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Stories from Chimney Rock & Rutherford County Areas

May 15, 2020
Enjoy waterfalls and cascades throughout Shenandoah National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park!
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. 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.