Day Trips

We’re building our ideas for day trips in and around Rutherford County, N.C. whose destination makes it easy driving distance of your town. It’s okay to wait ’til the last minute to plan. Turn off the TV, round up your kids, hide the cells and head out for a day of adventure.

Bechtler House Visitor Center – Rutherfordton NC

Airplane: Skyhawk Discovery Flight – Rutherford County Airport

Biltmore House – Asheville, NC

Bostic Lincoln Center –  Bostic, NC

Carl Sandburg Home – Flat Rock, NC

Cherry Bounce Trail – Golden Valley, NC

Chimney Rock State Park

Cowpens National Park – Cowpens, SC

Earl Scruggs Center – Shelby, NC

Gem Mining –

Chimney Rock Gemstone Mine
4.5 (5) · Jeweler
397 Main St
Broad River Gems & Mining Co
4.5 (8) · Jeweler
218 River Landing
Elijah Mountain Gem Mine
4.6 (20) · Rock Shop
2120 Brevard Rd
Thermal City Gold Mine
4.3 (12) · Campground
5240 US-221

Hospital Museum

Lake Lure Boat Ride

Lake Lure Flowering Bridge

Polk County Farm – Saturday – Mills Spring NC – Indoor Farmers Market at the Ag Center. 9 am to 1 pm. Lots of local crafts and food for folks to enjoy so brave the rain, or cold and come out!

River Rafting

Green River tubing is officially opening for the season May 7th
Prices are the same but for who don’t know
3 mile 2 1/2 hour ride $9
6 mile 4 1/2 hour ride $14 ( must be there by 1pm )
# (828) 749-3781

Holly Gillespie's photo.

St. Luke’s Chapel

Washburn Store

Tryon International Equestrian Center