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.


1 Lodge Street
Asheville , NC

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 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).

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 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

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.

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.

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

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.

The Pisgah National Forest


The Pisgah National Forest has 501,691 acres stretching 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.

Thomas Wolfe Memorial

52 North Market St
Asheville , NC
(828) 253-8304

Thomas Wolfe Memorial is the childhood home of author, Thomas Wolfe. Wolfe immortalized his childhood home in his epic autobiographical novel, Look Homeward, Angel. Wolfe’s colorful portrayal of his family, his hometown of Asheville, NC, and the Old Kentucky Home boarding house. Located 25 miles north of Hendersonville.

Tryon International Equestrian Center

4066 Pea Ridge Rd
Mill Spring, NC
(828) 863-1000

The Tryon International Equestrian Center is a 1,400-acre destination equestrian lifestyle destination, hosting international-level equestrian competitions across numerous classes. Located 30 miles from Hendersonville. Tryon International Equestrian Center has been selected as the host venue for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2018 (FEI WEG). It is the major international championship event for the eight core equestrian disciplines of show jumping, dressage and para-equestrian dressage, eventing, driving, endurance, vaulting and reining.The FEI WEG is held every four years, halfway between the Summer Olympic Games cycle and will be held from September 10 – 23, 2018.

Western North Carolina Agricultural Center

1301 Fanning Bridge Rd
Fletcher, NC
(828) 687-1414

Western North Carolina Agricultural Center offers several exhibit halls featuring equestrian shows, dog shows, rodeos, car shows, just to name a few. The Ag Center is home to the Mountain State Fair, a ten day celebration of mountain living featuring exhibits, animals, a midway and food. Located 11 miles from downtown Hendersonville.