Named after the Purple Martin bird that appeared on General Griffith
Rutherford's family crest, the Purple Martin Greenway is Rutherfordton's first natural trail system. Along this trail you can explore wildlife, creeks, waterfalls and local plant life. The trail is bike, kid and pet friendly as well as handicap accessible. Located just off US Hwy 221, south of downtown Rutherfordton, the greenway is a hidden gem that feels like a true wilderness escape yet has the convenience of being close to shopping and restaurants.

Phase 1 opened in the fall of 2015 and includes an easy .5 mile stroll along Cleghorn Creek complete with picnic shelter and a small creek waterfall.  Phase 2 launched in 2017 and added .7 mile to the trail, bringing the total length 1.2 miles.  Another .7 mile is scheduled to be added by the end of 2017 extending the trail to almost 2 miles, and connecting it to the Charlotte Rd. which runs perpendicular to Main Street in downtown Rutherfordton.


 Creative works from local artists that include interesting facts about the town's history will soon start appearing along the Purple Martin Greenway. Check back often for updates and details on these unique works of art.


Across the street from the Purple Martin Greenway is Crestview Park which offers an abundance of recreational activities for all ages. There is a playground, baseball and softball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, walking paths, picnic shelters and a creek. Crestview is the perfect place for a birthday party, family reunion or a summer cookout with friends.


The Purple Martin bird appeared in General Griffith Rutherford's family crest and has been adopted by the town as a symbol of the history of the town and its namesake.

Looking for other outdoor activities? Pick up an Adventure Guide at most downtown retailers for more outdoor fun and scenic driving tours.