Activities

Author Thomas Wolfe’s first novel was Look Homeward, Angel.

 

Author Thomas Wolfe’s first novel was Look Homeward, Angel. In the book there are constant references to an angel statue carved from Italian marble. This is the angel Wolfe placed in American literature. Thomas Wolfe’s father, W.O. Wolfe, sold the statue to the Johnson family to mark the family plot in Oakdale Cemetery. Oakdale Cemetery is located on Hwy. 64 W., just a short distance from downtown. A wrought iron fence protects the statue, and there is a historical marker located on Highway 64 West.

Biltmore

1 Lodge Street
Asheville , NC
800-411-3812
 

Biltmore is the largest privately owned home in America situated on 8,000 acres. It was built by George Vanderbilt and was completed in 1895. Vanderbilt’s 250-room mansion is modeled after a French château. TheEstate encompasses the house, landscaped gardens, walking trails, woodlands, restaurants, shops, inn, and an award-winning winery. Located 15 miles north of miles north of Hendersonville.

Blue Ghost Brewing Company

125 Underwood Rd
Fletcher, NC 28732
(828) 376-0159
 

Blue Ghost Brewing Company is located near the Asheville Airport. They offer a variety of craft beers such as: IPA, a pale ale, a blonde and a stout.  The Brewery is family friendly so the tasting room is well stocked with games and toys for youngsters and Blue Ghost also serves soft drinks. 

Blue Ridge Parkway

 

Blue Ridge Parkway follows the mountain ridges from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina and Tennessee. The Parkway’s 469 toll-free miles combines natural beauty, mountain forests, wildlife, wildflowers and magnificent views. . Located 15 miles north of y Hendersonville.

  • Nature Trails
  • Dog Parks
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Picnic Area
  • Camping

Open Weather Permitting

Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center

195 Hemphill Knob Rd
Asheville , NC
(828) 298-5330
 

Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center features an award-winning film – The Blue Ridge Parkway—America’s Favorite Journey, exhibits highlight nature and the cultural heritage of the area, information services, and a gift shop. Located at Parkway milepost 384, about a mile south of the US 70 intersection (or one mile north of the US 74-A intersection).

Bold Rock Hard Cider

72 School House Road
Mills River, NC
(828) 595-9940
 

Bold Rock Hard Cider – is the biggest craft cider maker in the Carolinas. The Mills River cidery uses apples sourced only from Henderson County. The Cidery offers complimentary daily tours and tastings and features an expansive tasting room with overhead views of the bottling line. Relax on our patio as you enjoy one of 6 award-winning varieties of Bold Rock Hard Cider. Tasting room open – Monday – Sat 11am-  6pm & Sunday 12noon-6pm,

Bullington Gardens

Hendersonville, NC
(828) 698-6104
 

Bullington Gardens is a 12 acre, nonprofit horticultural education center offering programs, activities and workshops.The gardens and grounds include a therapy garden, shade garden, butterfly garden, perennial borders, native woodland garden, pumpkin patch and herb garden. The grounds also include a half-mile nature trail through the wooded area of the gardens.

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site

1800 Little River Rd
Flat Rock, NC
(828) 693-4178
 

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site is where Carl Sandburg, American poet, historian, author, and lecturer spent the final 22 years of his long and productive life at his estate, Connemara. The home, originally built in 1838, displays the Sandburg’s furnishing as they lived at Connemara from 1945-1968, including Carl Sandburg’s collection of 12,000 books. A tour of the home shares Sandburg’s life as a writer, journalist, folk singer, social activist and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and biographer. Visit the barn and descendants of Mrs. Sandburg’s champion dairy goat herd and hike over five miles of trails. Access to trails, grounds, barns and public areas is free

Cherokee Indian Reservation

 

Cherokee Indian Reservation in Cherokee, North Carolina, where Cherokee Indians have lived for centuries, is located on the border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The 56,000 acre Reservation is still linked to ancient customs, culture, history, and traditions. Witnessthe history of the Cherokee at the outdoor drama, “Unto These Hills,” the Museum of the Cherokee Indian and the Oconaluftee Indian Village.

Cradle of Forestry

 

Cradle of Forestry is a 6,500 acre Historic Site within the Pisgah National Forest, set aside by Congress to commemorate the beginning of forestry conservation in the United States. Outdoor activities include two guided trails which lead back in time to seven historical buildings, a 1915 Climax locomotive and the old sawmill.

DuPont State Recreational Forest

High Falls parking lot, 1300 Staton Rd,
Cedar Mountain, NC
(828) 877-6527
 

DuPont State Recreational Forest encompasses 10,268 acres in Henderson and Transylvania counties that include waterfalls and 80 miles of roads and trails wandering through mountainous terrain. Open to the public for hiking, mountain biking, swimming, and horseback riding. Fishing is allowed with a valid NC fishing license. Hunting is by special permit only. Many scenes from the 2012 hit movie, The Hunger Games and the 1992 film, The Last of the Mohicans were shot in DuPont State Recreational Forest. The Hunger Games were filmed entirely in North Carolina. Download the Hunger Games film locations. dupont-hunger-games-shots.pdf

  • Bicycle Trails
  • Nature Trails
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Picnic Area

Open Year Round

Flat Rock Playhouse, State Theatre of North Carolina

 

Flat Rock Playhouse, State Theatre of North Carolina produces a variety of comedies, musicals, farces, and dramas, which range from World Premieres to the latest from Broadway and London to the Classics. The Flat Rock Playhouse theatre downtown is home to the “Music on the Rock” Concert Series, performing a mix of beloved favorites that span the worlds of Broadway, country, bluegrass, pop, and rock. Located at 125 South Main Street, provides an intimate setting with 250 seats in a horse shoe around the stage.

Folk Art Center

 

Folk Art Center showcases the finest in traditional and contemporary crafts of the Southern Appalachians.  The Folk Art Center is open daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Located on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost #382.

Grandfather Mountain

 

Grandfather Mountain is one of the most environmentally significant mountains in the world. It features wildlife environmental habitats, interpretive nature museum, hiking trails and picnic areas. For over 100 years Grandfather Mountain has been a wildlife sanctuary and nature preserve, with an elevation 5,964 feet. Open all year.

Great Smoky Mountain National Park

 

Great Smoky Mountain National Park covers seven counties in North Carolina, with the northern fringe of the Smokies in Tennessee. The 520,000-acre park is one of the largest wilderness areas in the Eastern United States, covering more than 88 square miles. The park contains some of the highest peaks in the East, with elevations in excess of 6,000 feet. Activities include hiking, horseback riding, campgrounds, nature trails, trout fishing and several visitor centers.

  • Bicycle Trails
  • Reservations or Fees
  • Nature Trails
  • Dog Parks
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Picnic Area
  • Camping

Open Year Round

Hands On! – A Child’s Gallery

318 N. Main Street
Hendersonville, NC
(828) 697-8333
 

Hands On! – A Child’s Gallery is a children’s museum located on Main Street in Hendersonville – it’s the place where LEARNING comes into PLAY.  Hands On! provides educational exhibits that stimulate the imagination and motivate learning. It is an affordable, educational and fun way to spend the day with your children, grandchildren, and students ages 1 – 10. Hands On! is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00am – 5:00pm (check the website for special summer hours). 

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino

777 Casino Drive
Cherokee, NC
(828) 497-7777
 

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino is owned by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and operated by Caesars Entertainment Corporation. Harrah’s Cherokee Casino is the only casino in the state of North Carolina. The Casino features non-stop casino action including: traditional games in video format, live table games like Blackjack, Roulette & Craps, live entertainment and restaurants. Casino Drive, Cherokee, NC

Henderson County Curb Market

221 N. Church St
Hendersonville, NC
(828) 692-8012
 

Henderson County Curb Market is a unique farmers market requiring sellers to be residents of Henderson County. All items sold at the market must be either hand-made or locally grown. The vendors offer a variety of goods such as: crafts, baked goods, jellies, plants, flowers, toys, and produce. The market has been in continuous operation since 1924. The Curb Market is located on the corner of 2nd Avenue and Church Street.

Henderson County Genealogical & Historical Society

 

Henderson County Genealogical & Historical Society has an extensive library on history and genealogy of North and South Carolina and surrounding states. Holdings include Henderson County deeds, estate records, early newspapers, early court minutes, maps, church and school histories, photographs, Bible records and family histories. Volunteers are available to assist researchers.

Henderson County Heritage Museum

1 Historic Courthouse Square #4
Hendersonville, NC
(828) 694-1619
 

Henderson County Heritage Museum is housed in the Historic Henderson County Courthouse on Main Street. It offers public displays, artifacts, lectures, collections, archives, libraries, demonstrations, a replica of a turn of the century county store and other similar exhibitions relating to the history, culture, heritage of Henderson County. The museum celebrates veterans of all wars, and has an Civil War Display.  

Hendersonville City Hall

145 5th Avenue East.
Hendersonville, NC
(828) 697-3000
 

Hendersonville City Hall was built in 1928, and contains many artifacts and historic items, including large statues of of the three Presidents from North Carolina, General Andrew Jackson, James Knox Polk and Andrew Johnson. The statue is actually the ceramic model used for making the molds to cast the bronze statue on display at Capital Square in Raleigh, NC. City Hall was designed by well-known North Carolina architect Erle G. Stilwell.

Historic Downtown Hendersonville

 

Historic Downtown Hendersonville was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in March of 1988. The serpentine street features planter boxes brimming with, benches, seasonal flowers and trees. Downtown boasts a wide array of shopping, antique stores, galleries, museums, an aquarium and a variety of restaurants. Downtown offers free Wi-Fi for everyone to enjoy. Downtown hosts many activities including the NC Apple Festival held during Labor Day weekend, as well as, art shows, an antique show, car shows, and parades throughout the year. For additional information call the Main Street Program.

Historic Henderson County Courthouse

1 Historic Courthouse Square
Hendersonville, NC
 

Historic Henderson County Courthouse (1905) was designed by Richard Sharp Smith, the “resident architect” of Biltmore House. The focal point of the Courthouse is atop of the copper dome, a 6-foot statue of “Lady Justice.” The statue is the Greek goddess Themis (“The Greek Goddess of Divine Justice and Law”) who is without a blindfold, holding a sword in her right hand and scales in her left. It is believed to be only one of only three in the United States without a blindfold, statues of Themis/Justice are blindfolded to typify that Justice should be impartial. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Historic Hendersonville Train Depot

650 Maple Ave
Hendersonville, NC
(828) 890-8246.
 

The first steam engine puffed up the Saluda Grade to the Hendersonville Depot in 1879. The steam engine needed a “help engine” attached to the rear of the train at Melrose for additional power to push the train up the Saluda Mountain Grade, the steepest main-line standard gauge railroad in the United States. The Carolina Special ran between Charleston, South Carolina and Cincinnati, Ohio from 1911 until 1968. The restored Depot houses a HO scale railroad layout that is highly detailed and is prototypical of Hendersonville, Saluda, Asheville, and Western North Carolina.  The Deport features historical artifacts, a Southern Railway cabooser and a special children’s exhibit where they can operate a Thomas the Tank train in a scenic layout. See the 10ft x 80 ft Garden “G” scale layout.

Historic Johnson Farm

3346 Haywood Road
Hendersonville, NC
(828) 891-6585
 

Historic Johnson Farm is a fine example of a late 19th and early 20th century farm & tourist retreat. The entire structure was handmade from bricks that were fired on site from French Broad River mud. Over the years many outbuildings were constructed, including a tool shed/blacksmith shop, barn, boarding house, and a cottage.

Historic Train Depot

650 Maple Ave.
Hendersonville, NC
828-890-8246
 

The Depot house an HO scale railroad layout that is a prtotypical of Hendersonville, Saluda, Asheville and Western NC. It also features historical artifacts, a Southern Railway cabooese and a Thomas the Tank train in a sceinc layout that children can operate

Historic Village of Flat Rock

 

Historic Village of Flat Rock began when affluent Charlestonians, Europeans and prominent plantation owners of the South’s low country built large summer estates in the English manner. The families of South Carolina’s Low Country came to Flat Rock to escape the sweltering heat and the epidemic of yellow fever and malaria. South Carolina’s Low Country gentry affectionately called Flat Rock The Little Charleston of the Mountains. The entire district of Flat Rock is included in the National Register of Historic Places. Historic Flat Rock is home to several attractions such as: The Flat Rock Playhouse, State Theatre of NC; the Carl Sandburg Home NHS; and St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church as well as many unique specialty shops, restaurants, and enterprises.

Holmes Educational State Forest

1299 Crab Creek Road
Hendersonville, NC
(828) 692-0100
 

Holmes Educational State Forest offers a series of well-marked trails, accented by exhibits and displays depicting ecology of a managed forest. Picnic sites with tables and a spacious picnic shelter (with grills) are also available. Located about 8 1/2 miles from downtown Hendersonville.

  • Nature Trails
  • Playground
  • Hiking
  • Picnic Area

Open March – November

Jump Off Rock

Laurel Park Highway
Hendersonville, NC
828-693-4840
 

Jump Off RocK is a scenic overlook which provides a panoramic view of rolling pastures, the Blue Ridge and Pisgah mountain ranges. Jump OffRock also holds an Indian legend that has been passed down for many, many years. Over 300 years ago a young Cherokee Indian maiden received word that her young Indian Chief had been killed in battle, so she climbed to the edge of the rock and jumped off. Indian legend has it that on moonlit nights you can see the ghost of the maiden on Jump Off Rock.

  • Nature Trails
  • Hiking

Open Year Round

Lake Lure

 

The Lake Lure 27 miles of shoreline was selected by National Geographic as one of the Ten Most Spectacular man-made lakes in the World. The lake offers a marina, boat tours and a sandy beach. Located 14 miles east of Hendersonville.

McClintock Chime Clock

located on the corner of 4th and Main Street
Hendersonville, NC
 

is attached to the Old State Trust Co. building, now the Henderson County Genealogical & Historical Society, this unique clock dates back to 1927.

Mineral & Lapidary Museum of Henderson County

400 North Main St
Hendersonville, NC
(828) 698-1977
 

Mineral & Lapidary Museum of Henderson County houses exhibits from North Carolina, the Smithsonian, English minerals, Indian artifacts, a specialty of a single mineral, fossils, fluorescent minerals and gems. A 260-lb. amethyst geode from Uruguay and replicas of World Famous Diamonds are featured displays. Open Monday-Friday 1pm-5pm and Saturday 10am-5pm. Admission is free. Located on the lower level of the Henderson County Genealogical & Historical Society building.

North Carolina Arboretum

100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way
Asheville , NC
(828) 665-2492
 

North Carolina Arboretum is a member of the University of North Carolina System and spans 434 acres. The Arboretum offers gardens, horticultural exhibits, education center, hiking, biking, and nature trails are a few of the attractions available to the public. Located 15 miles north of Hendersonville.

Oskar Blues Brewery

342 Mountain Industrial Dr
Brevard, NC
(828) 883-2337
 

Oskar Blues Brewery – is America’s first hand-canned craft beer. Their east coast brewery and Tasty Weasel Tap Room are located near Pisgah National Forest in Brevard. Located approximately 18 miles from downtown Hendersonville.

Oskar Blues REEB Ranch

 315 Shoals Falls Rd
Hendersonville, NC 28739
2
(828) 577-3673
 

Oskar Blues REEB Ranch is a145-acre farm which is a haven for mountain bikers, a place to grow hops, pasture land for spent grain-fed cows, and a music & event space, all against the beautiful backdrop of Dupont State Recreational Forest. Oskar Blues REEB Ranch offers rental accommodations that include a 1940s cabin with waterfall views, the barn apartment with bike park and pasture views, and tent camping available. Riding trails in DuPont State Recreational Forest and Pisgah National Forest. Located in Henderson County, approximately 11 from downtown Hendersonville.

Rooms/Units: 2

Pearson’s Falls

 

is located on Pearson’s Falls Rd., off Pacolet River Scenic Byway, Highway 176. Easy well maintained hiking trails, picnic areas, bird watching, wildflowers, a rushing river and a 90 ft. waterfall. Closed Mondays year round. Admission fee.

Pisgah National Forest

1600 Pisgah Hwy
Pisgah Forest, NC
(828) 877-3265
 

The Pisgah National Forest 501,691 acres stretches across the eastern edge of Western North Carolina’s mountains. The Forest offers hiking trails, fishing, camping, picnic sites, and spectacular waterfalls. The attractions include Looking Glass Falls, Sliding Rock, Pisgah Forest State Fish Hatchery, Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, The Cradle of Forestry and the North Mills River Recreational Area.

Saint Paul Mountain Vineyard

588 Chestnut Gap Rd
Hendersonville, NC
828) 685-4002
 

Saint Paul Mountain Vineyard – is located on 10 acres, with panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Vineyard grows 14 varieties of wine-grapes. The winery’s tasting room serves Reisling blends, red Cabernets and Chardonnays, each with dry and semi-sweet versions. Hours are Sunday 12pm – 6pm, Monday – Thursday 11am – 6pm, Friday & Saturday 11am – 7pm.

Sierra Nevada Brewing

100 Sierra Nevada Way
Mills River, NC
(828) 681-5300 
 

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company – has set the standard for artisan brewers worldwide as a winner of numerous awards for a wide variety of beers and ales, including the legendary Pale Ale. Sierra Nevada’s east coast brewing, bottling and distribution operation in Mills River is located 10 miles from downtown Hendersonville, south of Asheville. The Taproom offers 20 beers on tap. The restaurant serves farm-to-table dishes that are mainly supplied locally. Located in Henderson County on approximately 90 acres along the French Broad River. Guided tours of the brewery are offered 7days a week, reservations must be booked online (tours fill up quickly). Self-guided tours are also available (no reservations required). Taproom and Restaurant – open 7 days a week.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

100 Sierra Nevada Way
Mills River, NC
(828) 681-5300
 

Sierra Nevada’s east coast brewing, bottling and distribution operation in Mills River is located 10 miles from downtown Hendersonville, just south of Asheville. Guided tours of the brewery are offered 7days a week, reservations must be booked online. Sierra Nevada’s Taproom offers 20 beers on tap. The restaurant serves farm-to-table dishes that are mainly supplied locally

Southern Appalachian Brewery

822 Locust St., Suite100
Hendersonville, NC
(828) 684-1235
 

Southern Appalachian Brewery – is a local micro brewery located, one block from downtown Hendersonville. The tasting room is family and dog friendly serving beer, wine, soda and bottled water for non-drinkers and the under 21′s. They offer craft brewed ales including: Copperhead Amber, Black Bear Stout, and an IPA s well as a variety of seasonal, barrel-aged, and Belgian inspired wild and sour ales. The brewery hosts nightly live music and monthly art shows.

St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church

1895 Greenville Hwy. (Hwy. 225 South)
Flat Rock, NC
(828) 693-9783
 

St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. St. John in the Wilderness was built as a private chapel in 1833, on the grounds of Charles and Susan Barings’ home, Mountain Lodge. The church was deeded to the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina in 1936. Many well-known members of southern aristocracy have family plots in the churchyard; those names include: Christopher Memminger, first secretary of the Confederate treasury; Rev. John Drayton, developer of the world-famous Magnolia Gardens of Charleston; members of the families of three signers of the Declaration of Independence; Major General Edward P. King, Jr., of the United States Army who led the defense of the Bataan Peninsula in the Battle of Bataan against the Japanese invasion of the Philippines in World War II.

Sycamore Farms NC

764 S. Mills River Rd.
Mills River, NC 28759
828-388-1708
 

Farm tours are back! If you would to see the Shetlands face to face, be sure to set up your farm tour today! A tour is a great way to learn about these sweet animals. There are so many fascinating facts about Shetland Sheep. You will Learn about their wool, what they eat, the countless things that you can create with their fleece, and all about their personalities! So, what are you waiting for? Book a farm tour today! Families, school groups, church groups, etc. are all welcome! See you soon at Sycamore Farms NC!

Cost includes tour and sample of wool for parties of 5 paying guests or more. $5 per person, ages 3 and under are free. Parties of 4 or less $25 per group.

Tour Times: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Saturday