Attractions in Rutherfordton, North Carolina

by Benjamin Aries Google

The town of Rutherfordton, located in western North Carolina, was founded in 1787 and has a cultural rich history, including involvement in both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Rutherfordton has a population of 4,059 as of 2009 and offers several museums and outdoor activities to visitors.

Golf Courses

Rutherfordton is home to several different golf courses. The Cleghorn Plantation Golf Club ( features 6,903 yards and 18 holes of golf. The course has a par of 72 and offers beautiful mountain views. Meadowbrook Golf Course ( also has a par of 72 and 18 holes available. A creek and two ponds make Meadowbrook both scenic and challenging. Rutherfordton Golf Club ( is a shorter course of nine holes and a par of 36.


Rutherfordton's museums offer educational experiences. The Museum of Rutherford Hospital ( preserves the history of the oldest hospital in the city. A self-guided tour is available, and visitors can explore patient rooms and a surgical room from 1906. Interactive learning can be found at KidSenses Children's Museum ( Hands-on exhibits, including a news station and a machine factory, allow adults and children to explore different careers and inventions.

Horseback Riding

The scenic mountain areas around Rutherfordton provide a perfect backdrop for horseback riding. Riverside Riding Stables ( offers pony rides for kids and guided trail rides for teenagers and adults. A river ride, which includes swimming with the horse, is available. Overnight trips are also offered. Puddlefoot Stables ( offers horseback riding and provides both guided rides and lessons.

City Parks

Several city parks are located within Rutherfordton. Crestview Park is only one mile from the downtown area and covers 26 acres. It makes baseball fields, tennis courts and basketball courts available to the public. A walking trail and two playgrounds are other highlights of this park. A smaller recreation area called Kiwanis Park lies near the center of the city. Kiwanis Park cover 3.7 acres and features picnic tables, swing sets and charcoal grills. Visitors can access Cleghorn Creek from this park.