Introduction to Forest City, North Carolina

Forest City, North Carolina, in Rutherford county, is 38 miles W of Gastonia, North Carolina (center to center) and 58 miles W of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Forest City History

Forest City was originally a crossroads on the Spartanburg - Lincolnton and Shelby - Rutherfordton Roads. In 1877, it was incorporated as "Burnt Chimney" and was renamed "Forest City" in 1887. It was named after Forest Davis, a prominent citizen and lumber dealer. Railroads entered the town in the 1890s, and Forest City became a flourishing community by 1910.

Forest City and Nearby Attractions

  • Maimy Etta Black Fine Arts Museum
  • Bottomless Pools and Waterfalls
  • Cowpens National Battlefield
  • Rutherford County Farm Museum
  • Beach at Lake Lure
  • South Mountains State Park

Things To Do In Forest City

Popular shopping malls in Forest City include the Horne Shopping Center, Ingles Shopping Center, and Tri-City Mall. Opportunities to play golf are available at the Forest City Municipal Golf Course. Cowpens National Battlefield, Hickory Museum of Art, Catawba Science Center, and Rutherford County Farm Museum have various artifacts and memorabilia of historical importance. The South Mountains State Park offers opportunities for fishing, camping, and boating, as well as picnic areas.

Forest City Transportation

Air transportation is available from Greenville - Spartanburg International Airport.

Forest City Higher Education

Gardner - Webb University, University of South Carolina at Spartanburg, and Spartanburg Technical College are some of the nearby colleges.

Forest City Almanac

County Rutherford County
Standard Zip Codes28043
Phone Area Codes828
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude35.33
Approximate Longitude-81.86

Forest City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance6 miles
Jan Temp26 to 50 F
Apr Temp42 to 71 F
Jul Temp64 to 89 F
Oct Temp44 to 72 F
Annual Precip51.5 inches
Distance16.1 miles
Jan Temp27 to 52 F
Apr Temp43 to 74 F
Jul Temp65 to 91 F
Oct Temp45 to 74 F
Annual Precip51.6 inches
Distance22.8 miles
Jan Temp30 to 52 F
Apr Temp46 to 74 F
Jul Temp67 to 89 F
Oct Temp48 to 73 F
Annual Precip65.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income

Forest City Public Schools

Chase High School
1603 Chase High Road
ZIP: 28043
(828) 245-5883
Total Enrollment 812
Chase Middle School
840 Chase High Road
ZIP: 28043
(828) 247-1044
Total Enrollment 679
Forest City-dunbar Elementary School
286 Learning Parkway
ZIP: 28043
(828) 245-4978
Total Enrollment 470
Forrest W Hunt Elementary School
100 Forrest Hunt Drive
ZIP: 28043
(828) 245-2161
Total Enrollment 412
Harris Elementary School
3330 Us 221 S Hwy
ZIP: 28043
(828) 248-2354
Total Enrollment 498
Mt Vernon-ruth Elementary School
2785 Hudlow Road
ZIP: 28043
(828) 287-4792
Total Enrollment 299
Rutherford Opportunity Center
140 Old Caroleen Road
ZIP: 28043
(828) 248-5294
Total Enrollment 95
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