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Biltmore Estates

1 Lodge Street
Asheville , NC
800-411-3812
 
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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

 
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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
 
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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).

Cherokee Indian Reservation

 
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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

 
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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.

Folk Art Center

 
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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

 
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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

 
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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

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino

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

Lake Lure

 
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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.

North Carolina Arboretum

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

Pisgah National Forest

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

Thomas Wolfe Memorial

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

Tryon International Equestrian Center

25 International Blvd.
Mill Springs, NC
(828) 863-1000
 
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The Tryon International Equestrian Center is a 1,400-acre destination equestrian lifestyle destination, hosting international-level equestrian competitions across numerous classes. The venue provides outstanding facilities for hunter/jumper, dressage, and eventing competitions. Located 30 miles from Hendersonville. The 2018 edition of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ will be held in Mill Spring, NC, over thirteen days from September 11-23rd, 2018 at Tryon International Equestrian Center.

Western North Carolina Agricultural Center

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