Art Mural Tour

Downtown Rutherfordton

Begin at N. Washington & 2nd Street

Rutherfordton, NC 28139

Since the beginning of time, murals have told stories of the world’s history and its people from cave drawings by ancient cultures to ornate paintings in the world’s most iconic destination, and the small spaces in between. The unique towns of Rutherford County, NC boast a series of murals that speak to our history, our beauty, and our love of the arts. Some are so admired, they are now featured on the Appalachian Mural Trail.

Here is a recap of our murals stops. We’ve included some local art stops along the way as an extra treat. Take a self-guided tour through our small towns of Chimney Rock, Lake Lure, Rutherfordton, Spindale and Forest City to see our collection, or download our Small Towns Art Mural Driving Tour for easy to follow turn-by-turn directions. The driving tour even includes a few vintage ghost murals from years past.


As a Main Street America™ Accredited program, Rutherford Town Rising is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. All Main Street America™ Accredited programs meet a set of National Accreditation Standards of Performance as outlined by the National Main Street Center.

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