The Town of Rutherfordton maintains four municipal parks to accommodate a broad spectrum of recreational activities from Little League baseball games to a family picnic under a canopy of shade trees next to a creek. The Rutherfordton Golf Club provides another alternative to relax and enjoy the beauty of the area.
Location: Entrance is via Parkway Drive off Highway 221 South, about 1 mile south of the downtown area.
Amenities: Crestview Park is a 26 acre, multi-purpose park that contains three Little League baseball fields, one tee ball field, one senior league baseball field, one multi-purpose field, four lighted tennis courts, two lighted basketball courts, 1/3 mile lighted walking trail, horseshoe pits, 2 playgrounds – one for 2-5 year olds and another for 6-12 year olds; a picnic shelter (available by reservation that includes a charcoal grill, lights, and four electric outlets). Bathrooms and water fountains are also available at the park.
Reserving Facilities: The picnic shelter and fields may be reserved for a fee. Click here for current fee schedule. Reservations may be made in person only (sorry – no phone reservations) at the Town Hall during normal business hours. Please click here for additional information regarding rentals, reservations, and approved park uses.Downloadable form for shelter rental agreement and rules available here.
Location: Located on the north end of Main St between East 7th Street and Green Street. Parking is available on Green Street.
Amenities: Kiwanis Park is a 3.7 acre, heavily shaded park that includes 6 picnic tables, charcoal grill, swings, and access to Cleghorn Creek. No restrooms facilities.
Reserving Facilities: Facilities are currently a first-come, first-serve basis and reservations are not accepted.
2nd Street Park
Location: Located off East Second Street and is accessed by Levi Street and Recreation Street.
Amenities: Second Street Park is a .17 acre neighborhood park with an outdoor basketball court and children’s play area. No restroom facilities.
Main St. Park
Location: The intersection of First Street and North Main Street
Amenities: A small open space in the heart of downtown, the park is decorated with planters, trellises, iron archways, benches, and a water feature. A great place to relax and enjoy downtown. No restroom facilities.
Golf Course Information
The Rutherfordton Golf Club operates a 9-hole course featuring 2,787 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 36. The course rating is 33.1 and it has a slope rating of 118 on Bermuda grass. Rutherfordton golf course opened in 1929. The course is operated independently from the Town by the Rutherfordton Golf Club and is located at 191 Twitty Ford Rd., Rutherfordton, NC 28139-3090, phone (828) 287-3406
The Rutherfordton Clubhouse is the community center for the Town. Built in the mid 1930’s from the trees cut on the site used in the log construction, the Clubhouse was the result of a partnership between the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Town of Rutherfordton, Rutherford Hospital and other private donors. The facility has been used by generations for weddings, receptions, showers, anniversaries, birthday parties, civic organizations, family reunions, class reunions, dances, Christmas parties, business luncheons, non-profit organizations, and individual private parties.
The Clubhouse is currently available for rent after the completion of the first phase of renovations in fall 2008. This included the renovation and expansion of the existing clubhouse to improve accessibility for citizens with disabilities, adding a deck, increasing the capacity, creating a caterer-friendly kitchen, improving parking, and making the meeting space adaptable for a variety of events while restoring the historical aspects of the structure. Phase two will include the development of fitness trails, greenspace, and a picnic shelter on the grounds. The grounds will also host a spur of the Overmountain Victory Trail currently being developed as part of the Heritage Trail System.
Organized sports leagues in the area :These leagues are not sponsored by the Town of Rutherfordton. Each is operated by organizations independent of the Town. Contact information is provided here for informational purposes.
Rutherfordton Little League sign ups: call 828-289-5353.
Rutherford County Soccer Assoc: 828-286-0073www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=rcsa
Rutherfordton Raiders Youth Football: contact Heath McSwain at 828-286-9595 or 828-429-9596 http://www.rutherfordtonraiders.com/ (website currently under construction)