The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook
 

Susanna Pantas, Artist

Forest City

(Includes nearby Bostic, Caroleen, Cliffside, Ellenboro, Henrietta & Mooresboro)

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Forest City NC

McNair Field  Rutherford County Farm Museum  Bennett Classics Antique Auto Museum  In Rutherford County near Forest City NC    

Forest City, North Carolina

Located on the far eastern edge of the mountains, Forest City  NC began as a crossroads on the Shelby-Rutherfordton and Spartanburg-Lincolnton Roads and was incorporated in 1877 as Burnt Chimney, with the name changed to Forest City in 1887 after a prominent citizen, Forest Davis. This small city in the foothills, once a bustling mill town, now has much to offer visitors, including an large selection of stores and restaurants. In 1914, the Forest City Betterment Club embarked on a project to beautify the town's Main Street and today the original landscaped medians and fountain still exist. In 1927, the town was selected as one of the ten most beautiful and best planned towns in the United States by the US Department of Agriculture.
    Forest
City is famous for the great display of Christmas lights that brighten the city every holiday season -over half a million lights sparkle in the downtown area at Christmastime. Forest City is also home to the Bennett Classics Antique Auto Museum, the Rutherford County Farm Museum and McNair Field, the home of the semi-professional baseball team the Forest City Owls. 

 

Resources
City Website: Forest City
: Town Hall, 128 North Powell Street, Forest City NC 28403; 828-248-5202
Location:
Foothills, 1 hour southeast of Asheville
County: Rutherford County
: County Offices, 229 North Main Street, Rutherfordton NC 28139; 828-287-6045
Elevation & Population:
860 feet, 7500+
County Visitor/Welcome Center: Rutherford County Tourism
1990 US Highway 221 South, Forest City NC 28043; 800-849-5998
What's Happening in Rutherford County:
Rutherford Events, Rutherford County Recreation, Culture and Heritage Commission, 141 West Third Street, Rutherfordton NC 28139; 828-287-6074
County Chamber of Commerce:
Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce 162 North Main Street, Rutherfordton NC 28139; 828-287-3090
Newspaper: The Daily Courier 601 Oak Street, Forest City NC 28043; 828-245-6431
Movie Theatres: Retro Cinema 4  2270 US 221 South, Forest City NC 28043; 828-248-1670
High School: Chase High School, 1603 Chase High Road, Forest City NC 28043; 828-245-7668
Colleges and Universities:
(Nearest) Isothermal Community College, 286 ICC Loop Road, Spindale NC 28160; 828-286-3636
Hospitals:
(Nearest) Rutherford Hospital, 288 South Ridgecrest Avenue, Rutherforton NC 28139; 828-286-5000
Area Major Festivals: Christmas Festivities & Lights (December)
Area Natural Attractions: Chimney Rock Park,
Lake Lure
Area Cultural Attractions:
Bennett Classics Antique Auto Museum, KidSenses Children's InterACTIVE Museum, McNair Field/Forest City Owls, Rutherford County Farm Museum,  


Real Estate

Fine Dining in Western North Carolina
Dining
Casual & Family Dining
Childers Family Restaurant: (Family-American) 5337 US 221, Forest City NC 28043; 828-245-0900
Chili's: (American) 128 Sparks Crossing, Forest City NC 28043; 828-286-0008
Crabby's Lakeside Steak & Seafood Restaurant: (American) 366 Duke Street, Forest City NC 28043; 828-286-4088

Fatz Cafe: (American) 118 Hilltop Way, Forest City NC 28043; 828-286-8996
Old Mill Tavern: (American) 114 East Main Street, Forest City NC 28043; 828-245-8110
Randall's Ellenboro Restaurant: (American) 277 North Main Street, Ellenboro NC 28040; 828-453-9411
Rollins Cafeteria: (Cafeteria) 2270 US Highway 74A Bypass, Forest City NC 28043; 828-245-9999

Ryan's Family Steakhouse: (Family-American) 115 Ryan Drive, Forest City, NC 28043; 828-286-8022
Scott's on Broadway: (American) 753 South Broadway, Forest City NC 28043; 828-245-9811
Sisk Restaurant: (American) 1168 West Main Street; Forest City NC 28043; 828-245-4222
Spake Drive-in & Restaurant: (American) 440 US Highway 221A, Forest City NC 28043; 828-245-5701

Zaxby's: (American) 217 Plaza Drive, Forest City NC 28043; 828-286-4141

Overseas & Exotic
Akita Express: (Chinese) 676 South Broadway, Forest City NC 28043; 828-245-3434
China Restaurant: (Chinese) 2270 US 74A #195, Tri-City Mall, Forest City NC 28043; 828-245-4429
City Table Barbeque: (BBQ) 110 Powell Street, Forest City NC 28043; 828-247-8730
El Limon: (Mexican) 420 South Broadway Street, Forest City NC n28043; 828-248-2879
El Sureno: (Mexican) 1288 West Main Street, Forest City NC 28043; 828-247-1161
Fuji Express: (Japanese) 721 Oak Street, Forest City NC 28043; 828-247-0600
Hickory Log Barbecue: (BBQ) 1163 West Main Street, Forest City NC 28043; 828-245-6241
House of Asia: (Thai-Japanese) 464 West Main Street, Forest City NC 28043; 828-245-4949
Mario's Restaurant: (Italian-American) 515 Hardin Road, Forest City NC 28043; 828-248-3553

Mi Pueblito Mexican Restaurant: (Mexican) 220 Oak Street, Forest City NC 28043; 828-288-3600
Ol Blue's House of BBQ: (BBQ) 1237 Piney Ridge Road, Forest City NC 28043; 828-245-2274
Soprano's Italian Restaurant: (Italian) 278 Main Street, Ellenboro NC 28040; 828-453-1133
Super China Buffet: (Chinese) 143 Plaza Drive, Forest City NC 28043; 828-288-3636
Swingin' Pig Barbeque: (BBQ) 219 Old Main Street, Cliffside NC 28024; 828-657-5561

Seafood
Big Dave's Family Seafood: (Seafood) 123 Commercial Drive, Forest City NC 28043; 828-245-9844
Crabby's Lakeside Steak & Seafood Restaurant: (American-Seafood) 366 Duke Street, Forest City NC 28043; 828-286-4088
Forest City Fish Camp: ( Seafood) 236 Old US Highway 74; Bostic NC
28018; 828-248-2525
Long John Silvers: (Seafood) 693 Oak Street, Forest City NC 28043; 828-248-1746
Tri-City Fish Camp: (Seafood) 2064 Oakland Road, Forest City NC 28043; 828-245-1331

Cafes & Grills

Becky's Country Store & Grill
: (Grill) 2259 Highway 226, Bostic NC 28018; 828-245-1733
Cafe at the Mall: (Cafe) 2270 US Highway 74A Bypass, Suite 185, Forest City NC 28043; 828-245-3615
County Plaza Cafe: (Cafe) US Highway 221A, Cliffside NC 28024; 828-657-4035
Daily Grind: (Cafe) 106 West Main Street, Forest City NC 28043; 828-248-2700
Greene's Cafe: (Cafe) 858 West Main Street, Forest City NC 28043; 828-245-8283
Hill Top Grill: (Grill) 2368 Oakland Road, Forest City NC 28043; 828-247-0808
Hot Dog Man: (Grill) 114 North Powell Street, Forest City NC 28043; 828-429-9564
John Hutchin's Snack Shop: (Cafe) 501 Boss Moore Road, Caroleen NC 28019; 828-657-6138
Lunch Box: 117 South Glenn Street, Ellenboro NC 28040; 828-453-9322
Sunnyside Orchard Cafe: (Cafe) 1581 US Highway 221 South, Forest City NC 28043; 828-287-4012

Pizza
Domino's Pizza: (Pizza) 3272 South Broadway, Forest City NC 28043; 828-245-3030
Dino's Pizza-A-Plenty: (Pizza) 730 South Church Street, Forest City NC 28043; 828-245-6100
Papa John's Pizza: (Pizza) 133 Plaza Drive, Forest City NC 28043; 828-287-2744
Pizza Hut: (Pizza) 786 South Church Street, Forest City NC 28043; 828-245-8697
RC's Pizza & Sub Shop: (Pizza) 719 South Broadway Street, Forest City NC 28043; 828-245-9115

Coffeehouses
Daily Grind: (Coffeehouse) 106 West Main Street, Forest City NC 28043; 828-248-2700
Village Coffee: (Coffeehouse) 247 Oak Street Extension, Suite 173, Forest City NC 28043; 828-286-3990

Inn on Biltmore Estate, Asheville NC
Accommodations
Bed & Breakfasts
Bed & Barn Farm: (Equine-Friendly B&B) 661 Big Island Road, Forest City NC 28043; 828-248-4463

Motels
Gardo's Motel: (Motel) 1266 West Main Street, Forest City NC 28043; 828-245-0111
Holiday Inn Express: (Motel) 200 Holiday Inn Drive, Forest City NC 28043; 828-755-2000
Jameson Inn: (Motel) 164 Jameson Inn Drive, Forest City NC 28043; 828-287-8788
Quality Inn: (Motel) 205 Commercial Drive, Forest City NC 28043; 828-248-3400
Ramada Worldwide: (Motel) 2600 Highway 74A Bypass, Forest City NC 28043; 828-248-1711


Campgrounds
Foothills Family Campground: (Campground) 1661 Hogan Road, Forest City NC 28043; 828-245-4064
 

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