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

Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center

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

Brevard / Land of Waterfalls

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The small town of Brevard offers more than 250 scenic waterfalls.  Brevard is located between Pisgah National Forest and Gorges State Park, making this area popular for outdoor enthusiasts. One of the most popular waterfalls to access is the 60-foot Looking Glass Falls in Pisgah National Forest, located along side of Highway 276.

Transylvania county is home to a rare white squirrel population, that is said to be descended from an escaped carnival animal in 1949. They share a similar coloration with small dark patches on their heads and shoulders, but are otherwise white. The animals are not albino, which are totally free of pigmentation, the squirrels are considered an offshoot of the Eastern Gray Squirrel.

Located just 20 miles from Hendersonville.

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.

Estes-Winn Antique Car Museum at Grovewood Village

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  • The Estes-Winn Antique Car Museum, located at Historic Grovewood Village, is Asheville’s only antique car museum.
  • This historic attraction features Harry Blomberg’s collection of running-condition antique and vintage cars.
  • The building used to house Biltmore Industries’ weaving shop, with 40 looms.
  • Open April-December. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
  • Check web site for hours
  • Admission is free but donations are accepted.

Folk Art Center

382 Blue Ridge Pkwy
Asheville, NC 28805
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  • The Folk Art Center showcases the finest in traditional and contemporary crafts of the Southern Appalachians.
  • Open daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
  • Located on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost #382.

Grandfather Mountain

2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646
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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 28719
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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.

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

Mount Mitchell State Park

2388 NC-128
Burnsville, NC 28714
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Mount Mitchell State Park is the highest point East of the Mississippi at 6,684 feet offering breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Northeast of Asheville off Blue Ridge Parkway on NC 128

  • Nature Trails
  • Hiking
  • Picnic Area
  • Camping

Open Weather Permitting

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.

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 Center for Wildlife Education & Fish Hatchery

1401 Fish Hatchery Rd
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
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Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education is located in Pisgah National Forest. The Center’s indoor and outdoor attractions include: aquariums, hands-on exhibits, garden display, special programs, viewing and feeding of the hatchery trout. Free admission.

Open year-round:
December – March: Open Monday – Friday 8 am – 4:45 pm
April – November: Open Monday – Saturday 8 am – 4:45 pm

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.

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


Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site

52 North Market St
Asheville, NC 28801
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The Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site is the childhood home of author, Thomas Wolfe. Wolfe immortalized his childhood home in his epic autobiographical novel, Look Homeward, Angel. This historic site is devoted to interpreting the life, literature and times of Thomas Wolfe through the use of his mother’s boardinghouse and Look Homeward, Angel. Located 25 miles north of Hendersonville in downtown Asheville.

Hendersonville’s Oakdale Cemetery is the location of the statue that Thomas Wolfe made famous in his epic autobiographical novel,  Look Homeward Angel.

Open Tuesday – Saturday. House tours are offered daily at half past each hour for a small fee. Group tours available by reservation.

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.

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

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.