Family Activities

Adventure Center of Asheville

85 Expo Drive
Asheville, NC 28806
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  • Open all year for ages 4 and over
  • Canopy Zipline Tour contains two 1,200 foot lines
  • KidZip is America’s first zipline adventure designed for kids under 10
  • Asheville Treetops Park includes 77 elements on 7 aerial trails
  • Kolo Bike Park contains trails and jumps
  • Reservation suggested for all activities

Appalachian Pinball Museum

538 North Main Street
Hendersonville, NC 28792
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The Appalachian Pinball Museum has a collection of both vintage & contemporary pinball machines as well as video games.
  • Play all day for a flat fee.
  • Hours vary by season, call for details.



Apple Quest

Main Street
Hendersonville, NC
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Apple Quest is a permanent scavenger hunt created by Henderson County Girl Scout Troop 1886.  Apple Quest is a fun free activity for families to explore downtown year-round. Stop by the Visitor Center, 201 S. Main St, to pick-up a brochure.

Apple Valley Model Railroad Museum – Historic Train Depot

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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.

  • Open Wednesdays & Saturdays
  • Admission is free
  • Donations appreciated
  • Check web site for hours

Aquarium & Shark Lab by Team ECCO

511 N. Main St.
Hendersonville, NC 28792
828-692 8386
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The Aquarium & Shark Lab by Team ECCO is the only public aquarium in Western North Carolina. It is recognized as the first inland aquarium in North Carolina.

  • The Aquarium houses 20+ displays of tropical fish, eels, stingrays, sea horses, turtles, a touch tank, a 2,000-gallon shark study tank with bamboo sharks and more!
  • Check web site for hours, they vary by season
  • Admission charged
  • Educational opportunities for schools are available


Main Street, Side Streets, & Seventh Avenue
Hendersonville, NC
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The ArtScape Banners are works of art decorating the light posts of the Downtown area. The artwork is selected annually through a jury process and then reproduced on banners. Artscape banners can be found on Hendersonville’s Main Street, Seventh Avenue and side streets. The public art display offers a creative and unique twist on an outdoor gallery experience. Stop by the Visitor Center at 201 South Main Street to pick up an Artscape brochure or find it online here.

Asheville Museum of Science

43 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801
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  • The Asheville Museum of Science hosts special events and educational programs in addition to permanent and traveling exhibits and displays.
  • The Colburn Hall of Minerals showcases Terra Box exhibit; a fossil dig and a Teratophoneous curriei dinosaur skeleton.
  • Watch the waters of the French Broad River table change paths as you uncover the methods of ecology.
  • Hands-on activities and demonstrations are held daily in the STEM Lab!
  • Check web site for hours.

Bearfootin’ Public Art Walk

Main Street
Hendersonville, NC
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Bearfootin’ Public Art Walk is a whimsical, playful public art display, with the much-loved Bearfootin’ bears of Downtown Hendersonville. For this ‘Bear Hunt,’ follow the map to locate each of the decorated bears along the sidewalks of Main Street from May – October, when they are auctioned off. Each year, a new set of bears line the street.

The Bearfootin’ program is supported by area businesses and individuals, and part of the proceeds of each bear benefits an area non-profit organization. The remainder of the proceeds go back into supporting the Bearfootin’ program. Bearfootin brochures are available at the Visitor Center, located at 201 South Main Street.  Click to download the 2021 Bearfootin’ brochure.

Biltmore Estate

1 Lodge Street
Asheville, NC 28803
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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. The Estate encompasses the house, landscaped gardens, walking trails, woodlands, restaurants, shops, inn, and an award-winning winery. Located 22 miles north of Hendersonville.

  • Reservations required to tour the house.
  • Reservations may be made online.
  • Check web site for admission charges and hours
  • Outdoor Adventure Center – hiking, biking carriage rides, horse back riding, fly-fishing, river floats, sporting clays and more. Call for details and reservations. 

Blue Ridge Parkway

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The Blue Ridge Parkway follows the mountain ridges from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to the 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 Hendersonville.

  • Nature Trails
  • Dog Parks
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Picnic Area
  • Camping (seasonally)
  • Open year-round (weather permitting)
  • Check website for road conditions and closings

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site

1800 Little River Rd
Flat Rock, NC 28731
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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. Tour the home for a small fee, and learn about 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.

  • Open year-round. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year’s Day
  • Admission charged for house tour

Cherokee Indian Reservation

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Home of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee, 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. Witness the history of the Cherokee at the outdoor drama, “Unto These Hills,” the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and the Oconaluftee Indian Village. Harrah’s Cherokee Casino offers non-stop entertainment.

Chimney Rock Park at Chimney Rock State Park

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  • Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park combines the best of the mountains with 75-mile panoramic views, unique biodiversity, six hiking trails ranging from kid-friendly to strenuous, and one of the tallest waterfalls on the East Coast.
  • A unique 26-story elevator inside the mountain is an easy way to access the observation deck.
  • The Park has been a filming location for many movies including “The Last of the Mohicans.”
  •  Located 18 miles east of Hendersonville.
  • Check web site for hours and fees.

Cradle of Forestry in America

11250 Pisgah Hwy
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
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The Cradle of Forestry in America 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, including a 1915 Climax locomotive and an old sawmill.

  • The Forest Discovery Center features a fire fighting helicopter simulator, hands-on exhibits, a 26-minute movie ” First in Forest: Carl Schenck and the Biltmore Forest School,” children’s games and more.
  • Nature Trails
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Picnic Area
  • Open April – October
  • Check the web site for hours or fees


D9 Brewing Company

425 N. Main Street
Hendersonville, NC 28792
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  • D9 Brewing Company  has invested in the scientific exploration of the natural world to produce the highest quality and unquestionably original, crafted ales.
  • D9 Brewing is quickly becoming the leading producer of mixed wild fermented beer in the southeastern United States.

DuPont State Recreational Forest

High Falls parking lot, 1300 Staton Rd
Cedar Mountain, NC
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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.

Hooker Falls on Little River has become a popular swimming hole, dropping off a 13-foot high natural ledge before flowing into Cascade Lake. Fawn Lake is another popular place to take a dip. Neither location has a lifeguard on duty, swim at your own risk.

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

Open Year-Round

Flat Rock Playhouse, State Theatre of North Carolina

661 Greenville Hwy. (Hwy. 225 South)
Flat Rock, NC 28731
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The Flat Rock Playhouse has presented hundreds of productions for over eighty years. The Playhouse offers quality entertainment rarely found so far from Broadway. The Vagabond Players perform a variety of hits each year from comedy, American classics, musicals, farces and whodunits. The Playhouse features professional actors from across the country in major productions such as Mamma Mia, West Side Story, South Pacific and more.  The Playhouse is open mid-April through mid-October, plus a holiday production, presenting matinees and evening performances Wednesday through Sunday.

Hands On! Children’s Museum

318 N. Main Street
Hendersonville, NC 28792
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  • Hands On! provides engaging interactive exhibits creating hands-on learning experiences.
  • Weekly Programs and Special Events are offered, check the website for a schedule.
  • It is an educational and fun way to spend the day with children ages 1 – 10.
  • Check web site for admission charges and hours.


Henderson County Heritage Museum

1 Historic Courthouse Square #4
Hendersonville, NC 28792
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  • 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.
  • Open Wednesday-Saturday from 10:00am – 5:00pm & Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00pm
  • Admission is Free

Henderson County Public Library Main Library

301 N. Washington St.
Hnedersonville, NC 28739
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  • The Henderson County Public Library system is among the top mid-size county libraries in North Carolina. There are 6 branch libraries located throughout Henderson County. 
  • The Library offers a wonderful selection of reading materials, story time, events, classes and programs.
  • Computer use is available free for library card holders (patrons must have their library card number). Guests may purchase a computer use pass.
  • The Kaplan Auditorium is located in the Main Library on Washington Street. 



Historic Downtown Hendersonville

Main Street
Hendersonville, NC
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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. The Bearfootin’ Public Art walk features fiberglass bears painted in different themes located on the sidewalks of Main Street from May to October. For additional information call the Main Street Program.

Historic Johnson Farm

3346 Haywood Rd.
Hendersonville, NC 28791
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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. The property offers historic home tours, nature trails, picnic tables, animals, and 10 historic structures on 15 acres filled with trees in a natural setting. Guided tours of the historic house are available Monday-Friday, call for times.

The Heritage Weavers and Fiber Artists have transformed the boarding house into a fiber arts center, which includes weaving, rug hooking, bobbin lace, spinning, or knitting.

Holmes Educational State Forest

1299 Crab Creek Road
Hendersonville, NC
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Holmes Educational State Forest offers a series of well-marked trails, firefighting equipment, accented by exhibits and displays depicting the 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 Year-Round (check web site for hours)

Jump Off Rock

4433 Laurel Park Highway
Laurel Park, NC 28739
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Jump Off Rock is a scenic overlook, which provides a panoramic view of rolling pastures, the Blue Ridge and Pisgah mountain ranges.  Jump Off Rock 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. Jump Off is located about 5 miles from downtown at the end of Laurel Park Hwy.  The park is open daily, sunrise to sunset. No admission charge.

There are three hiking trials at Jump Off Rock, varying in length and difficulty. Blue Trail – easy trail, takes about 8 minutes, Yellow Trail – moderate trail, takes around 15 minutes & Red Trail – is the most difficult and the longest. See the sign at the entrance to the walkway leading to Jump Off Rock.

  • Nature Trails
  • Hiking
  • Scenic Overlook
  • Open Year Round

Lake Lure Beach, Marina & Water Park

2724 Memorial Hwy
Lake Lure, NC 28746
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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 rentals & tours and a sandy beach. Located 14 miles east of Hendersonville

  • Reservation or Fees
  • Dog Parks
  • Swimming
  • Basketball Court
  • Playground
  • Tennis
  • Boating, Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach open May – September
  • Boat Tours available April – November

Lake Lure Flowering Bridge

3068 Memorial Hwy
Lake Lure, NC 28746
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The Flowering Bridge was established when the 1925 Rocky Broad bridge on US 64/US 74-A/NC Hwy 9 was closed to traffic in 2011, after a new one was constructed. It is a flowering pedestrian bridge that crosses the Rocky Broad River with walkways at both ends of the bridge. The Town of Lake Lure took over the bridge to preserve this historic landmark. The scenery from the bridge is a breathtaking view of Chimney Rock and the Blue Ridge Mountains surrounding the Hickory Nut Gorge area. 

  • Always Open
  • No Admission Charge
  • Located 18 miles from downtown Hendersonville.

Lake Powhatan Recreation Area & Campground

375 Wesley Branch Rd
Asheville, NC 28806
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Lake Powhatan offers a sandy beach, swimming, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, picnic area, campground, trails, and educational programs. Lake Powhatan is located just minutes from Asheville.

  • Open year-round
  • Bicycle Trails
  • Reservations or Fees
  • Nature Trails
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Picnic Area
  • Tent Camping
  • Glamping
  • 96 Sites
  • Maximum Size RV Any


Mineral & Lapidary Museum
of Henderson County

400 North Main St
Hendersonville, NC 28792
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The Mineral & Lapidary Museum features the natural beauty of minerals, gems, fossils and artifacts found in North Carolina, in the United States and around the world. Displays include North Carolina minerals, dinosaur egg cluster, English minerals, fluorescent minerals, geodes, petrified wood & large logs, coral, artfully crafted jewelry, gem stones, Cullinan Diamond replicas and a Henderson County Meteorite, on loan from the Smithsonian, are featured displays. Gift shop is open daily. Geode cracking. Free admission!

  • Open Monday-Friday 1pm-5pm and Saturday 10am-5pm (Winter Hours: open Wednesday – Saturday).
  • 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 28806
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North Carolina Arboretum is a member of the University of North Carolina System and spans 434 acres. The Arboretum offers curated gardens, horticultural exhibits, education center, hiking, biking, indoor exhibits, educational events and nature trails are a few of the attractions available to the public. Located 15 miles north of Hendersonville.

North Mills River Recreation Area & Campground

5289 N Mills River Road
Horse Shoe, NC 28742
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North Mills River Recreational Area is located in Henderson County, just 13 miles from Downtown Hendersonville.

  • Bicycle Trails
  • Reservation or Fees
  • Nature Trails
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Picnic Areas
  • Camping (reservations required)
  • Tubing (bring your own tube)
  • Horseback riding trails
  • 26 Sites
  • Maximum size of RV 38′

Open Year Round
In Season Facilities Open April 1 – October 31

Oklawaha Greenway

Connects: Jackson, Patton, Berkeley, Sullivan & William H. King Parks
Hendersonville, NC
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The Oklawaha Greenway stretches 3.25 miles, connecting Jackson Park, Patton Park, Berkeley Park, Sullivan Park & William H. King Memorial Park.  It is a relatively flat paved trail and is handicap accessible. The Greenway is a 10-foot-wide asphalt path for cyclists and pedestrians. Mileage signs have been installed every quarter of a mile along the trail to help trail users know how far they have traveled and how much farther it is to their destination. Benches, water fountains, and three bicycle FixIt Stations are available along the trail. Blue light phones have been installed along the greenway using grant money from the state Department of Transportation.

  • Paved Walking / Bicycle Path
  • Fishing Access
  • Open year-round

Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI)

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The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) is located at a former NASA facility. The 200-acre historic campus includes hiking trails, hands-on space and earth science exhibit galleries, scenic mountain views and 2-hour private campus tours.  It showcases a collection of gems, minerals, rare meteorites and samples from Mars and the Moon. Located about an hour west of downtown Hendersonville.

Reservations are required for any size group. Call for for public hours and to make a reservation 828-862-5554.

Pisgah National Forest

1600 Pisgah Hwy
Pisgah Forest, NC
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The Pisgah National Forest’s 501,691 acres stretches across the eastern edge of Western North Carolina’s mountains. he closest section to Hendersonville is the Pisgah Ranger District, which includes attractions such as 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.

  • Hiking Trails
  • Fishing
  • Camping
  • Picnic Sites
  • Waterfalls.

Ride Kanuga

221 Camp Kanuga Circle
Hendersonville, NC 28739
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  • Multiple one-way trails rated by skill level that were designed by a world-champion downhill racer
  • Trails only open to bikes
  • Day, month or annual passes available
  • Bikes and gear available to rent at the shop
  • Shop open on weekends
  • Trails open 7 days per week
  • Can stay in the property’s cabins certain times of the year


701 Old Fanning Bridge Rd.
Fletcher, NC 28732
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  • The Riveter Climbing Gym boasts over 16,000 sq ft of climbing terrain.
  • The dedicated kids climbing cove offers 2 massive geometrix climbing routes, 11 rope stations, and a boulder area that tops out to the world’s coolest slide.
  • State-of-the-art hangboard and pulley systems to support recreation and competitive fitness.
  • Covered area with terrain for all types of bikes and skill levels.
  • The outdoor riding area offers a wide range features of a hillside.
  • Bike rentals are available. See pricing for more information.

Sky Zone Trampoline Park

1836 Hendersonville Rd
Asheville, NC 28803
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Sky Zone is fun for the whole family, with open trampolines, foam pits, climbing walls, jousting, dodgeball, a ninja warrior course, pace for birthday parties, trampoline workout classes, special family and glow in the dark nights, and a toddler zone for the littles.

  • Open 7 days per week

Sliding Rock – Pisgah National Forest

7851 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
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  • Parking fees during the summer season (Memorial Day-Labor Day) and on weekends until the end of October
  • Restrooms are available during the season.
  • 60-foot smooth rock face natural water slide that leads down into a 7-foot deep pool
  • Lifeguard on duty May – September, as well as Saturdays & Sundays until the end of October from 10 am – 6 pm
  • Personal Flotation Devices available


St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church

1895 Greenville Hwy. (Hwy. 225 South)
Flat Rock, NC
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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.

Summer Concerts

South Main Street in Downtown Hendersonville
Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock
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Escape to the Blue Ridge Mountains this summer and enjoy live music in the cool evening air. Every year, starting in May and running through September, Hendersonville is home to five different concert series offering a variety of music for most every taste.

Rock and roll and beach music are the focus of the Friday evening Music on Main series, which takes place from 7-9 p.m. at the Hendersonville Visitors Center on South Main Street. Bring a lawn chair and listen to the best dance bands in Western North Carolina. Bring a chair, admission if free. For more info, click for a Music On Main schedule.

Weekends start early in Hendersonville with the Thursday night Rhythm & Brews series, held the third Thursday of each month from May through September. Enjoy opening acts, great headliner bands and plenty of local craft beer, wine and cider during this popular Main Street festival from 5-9 p.m. Click for additional Rhythm & Brews information.

Mondays are fun days in Hendersonville all summer long. Each Monday evening in June from 7-9pm, the Monday Night Live! series features acts ranging from Americana to swing to classic country and rock & soul. Bring a chair, admission if free. Click for a schedule: Monday Night Live!

After a break for the Fourth of July, Monday fun continues with the return of one the longest-running street dance series in the country The Hendersonville Street Dances have been a tradition for over 100 years in downtown Hendersonville. Enjoy the sounds of fiddles and banjos as people of all ages journey to downtown Hendersonville to enjoy mountain heritage music and dancing on Monday evening from July – August from 7-9pm. Bring a chair, admission if free. Click for Street Dance schedule.

And if all that isn’t enough, the Music by the Lake series is held on the campus of Blue Ridge Community College one Sunday evening a month from May through August. (This concert series has been canceled in 2021 due to construction at Blue Ridge Community College.)


The Center for Art & Entertainment

125 South Main Street
Hendersonville, NC 28792
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The Center for Art & Entertainment offers interactive dinner murder mysteries, touring shows, repertory theatre, tribute music series, storytelling events, classes, and more. Wine, beer, soft drinks, water and light snacks available for purchase at the bar. Check the website for hours, performances,  showtimes, classes, art exhibits and more.


  • Online Ticket Sales
  • Group Discounts
  • Venue space available for performances, meetings, weddings and other events

The Gorge Zipline

166 Honey Bee Drive
Saluda, NC 28773
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  • The Gorge is perched on the rim of the Green River Gorge
  • Steepest & fastest canopy tour in the USA
  • 11 zip ines
  • Sky bridge 
  • 3 free fall rappels
  • Breathtaking 90-mile panoramic view
  • Reservations strongly encouraged
  • Located a short drive from Hendersonville


The Old Home Place

4060 North Mills River Rd.
Mills River, NC 28759
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  • The Old Home Place features a large dance floor, live entertainment in a family atmosphere with no alcohol or smoking.
  • The bands play country or bluegrass music for a toe-tapping fun evening.
  • Most Saturdays from 7:00pm – 10:30pm, check their Facebook page for more info.

Timber Axe Throwing

218 Duncan Hill Rd.
Hendersonville, NC 28792
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Axe throwing is similar to a combination of darts and bowling. It is an indoor recreational range set up like a bowling alley with a bullseye target at the end of the lane. The lanes are divided by steel fencing with rubberized floors. Great fun for groups.

  • Walk-ins are welcome but reservations are suggested and maybe made online
  • For ages 13+, but anyone under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian
  • Beer and Wine Available
  • No experience necessary
  • Admission Charged
  • Coaching Provided


Tryon International Equestrian Center

25 International Blvd.
Mill Springs, NC
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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
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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.

Western North Carolina Air Museum

1340 East Gilbert Street
Hendersonville, NC 28793
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  • North Carolina’s first air museum is dedicated to preserving and promoting the flying heritage of the Western North Carolina.
  • It features an impressive collection of restored, replica and vintage airplanes, models, engines, and flying memorabilia.
  • The museum is housed in two large hangers, where you will find passionate volunteer pilots that are eager to show you around. 
  • The museum is located adjacent to the Hendersonville Airport.
  • No admission charge.
  • Call for days and times museum is open.
  • Advance reservations for groups requested.

WNC Nature Center

75 Gashes Creek Rd
Asheville, NC
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The Western North Carolina Nature Center is comprised of 42 acres of plants and animals native to the region. Open 7 days per week, year-round with indoor and outdoor exhibits, and many educational and events throughout the year. Located approximately 25 miles north of Hendersonville.

Facilities include:

  • Reservations or Fees
  • Nature Trails
  • Picnic Area
  • Playground


810 6th Ave. W.
Hendersonville, NC 28739
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  • Organized Activities.
  • Day Camp
  • Indoor Pool
  • Tennis Courts
  • Basketball Courts
  • Gym
  • Fitness Studio
  • Weight Room
  • Youth Center

Zebulon B. Vance Birthplace

911 Reems Creek Rd
Weaverville, NC 28787
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Zebulon Baird Vance Birthplace is a State Historic Site. It preserves the pioneer farmstead where Vance, a Civil War officer, North Carolina Governor (1862-1865 and again 1877-1879), and United States Senator was born and raised. The Vance Birthplace is open for self-guided tours and is furnished with items from the period from 1790 to 1840. The farmstead is located approximately 35-miles north of Hendersonville in Weaverville, NC. Reservations are requested for group tours.


Open Tuesday – Saturday, closed most major holidays. Admission is free.