Rutherford County, North Carolina is the place where films are made and dreams come true. One of the most picturesque areas in a beautiful state, Rutherford County was the film location for seven recent popular films, including Dirty Dancing and Last of the Mohicans. Located at the very base of the Blue Ridge Mountains rising to the west, Rutherford County stands inside the ‘isothermal belt’, an area within the Piedmont Region of rolling hills, but so close to the magnificent heights of the mountains that it is sheltered from the harshest of winter and summer extremes. Winters are milder than neighboring counties, as the towering mountains provide a buffer. Spring and fall last longer, beginning earlier and lingering later, as warm air becomes trapped between the higher mountain elevations and the lower Piedmont hills, creating an autumn of fantastic colors and a spring of the earliest first flowers.
Located in the southwest corner of the state, South Carolina is the far border to the county. Elevations run from 806 feet at the town of Caroleen, to Sugar Loaf Mountain, proudly standing at just less than 4,000 feet. Rutherford County covers 563 square miles and includes eight municipalities. Rutherfordton, the county seat, has a population of just over 4,000 (census 2000 data.) The epitome of Southern small-town charm, Rutherfordton offers restaurants and shopping, the Kid Senses Interactive Museum as well as panning for gold at the Thermal City Goldmine.
The lovely town of Chimney Rock is the site of a privately owned park with awesome 75-mile views from its towering overlook. Hiking trails run through the park and lead to a 400-foot waterfall and unique rock formations. Lake Lure, known as the ‘Gem of the Carolinas’ was voted by National Geographic as one of the top ten man-made lakes in the world. Three Bottomless Pools are found here, each with their own separate waterfall, a favorite place for weddings and celebrations. Lake Lure has two 18-hole championship golf courses, both with stunning views of the neighboring mountains.
Population of Rutherford County
Rutherford County’s population is just over 62,000 according to the Census 2000. The County formed in 1779, but the region was populated long before that, being a favored site of the Cherokee Indians due to the unusual and habitable climate. De Soto discovered it in 1540, and not long after that the first white settlers put down roots.
Though tourism remains a main industry of Rutherford County, manufacturing is the second largest trade. The major city of Asheville lies just to the North, and many residents are content to live in their spectacular surroundings and commute to work. The Isothermal Community College in Spindale serves county students. Towns and cities include Chimney Rock, Forest City, Lake Lure and Spindale.
Hickory Nut Gorge runs through the county, a spectacular 14-mile canyon cut through granite cliffs by the Rocky Broad River. Gorgeous stands of rhododendron and laurel bloom in stunning displays throughout the springtime. Small communities with exotic names like Bearwallow and Bat Cave offer bed and breakfast lodging and mountain crafts
Rutherford County, North Carolina is an area of breathtaking beauty, a place to visit year after year or a place to call home.
Lawyers in Rutherford County, NC
Contact us if you are in need of a family lawyer in Rutherford County for issues relating to alimony, divorce, child support, or child visitation. We can also help with any personal injury cases including slips-and-falls, car and truck accidents, and workers’ compensation benefits. We also handle Social Security claims to get social disability and benefits. We will get started with a confidential consultation about your case. Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, P.L.L.C., serve clients in Rutherford county and surrounding counties. We look forward to helping you.
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