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DuPont State Recreational Forest

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

Lake Lure Beach, Marina & Water Park

 
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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 Powhatan Recreation Area & Campground

 
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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

 

North Mills River Recreation Area & Campground

5289 N Mills River Road
Horse Shoe, NC 28742
877-444-6777
 
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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

Patton Park

114 E. Clairmont Drive
Hendersonville, NC
828-697-3084
 
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  • Reservation or Fees
  • Nature Trails
  • Swimming Pool (open 7 days during summer season)
  • Athletic Field
  • Racquet Ball
  • Basketball Court
  • Playground
  • Tennis
  • Picnic Area
  • Open Year Round

Sliding Rock – Pisgah National Forest

7851 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
828-885-7625
 
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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

 

Splashville

70 Court Plaza
Asheville, NC 28802
8282511122
 
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  • Interactive dancing water fountains located in Pack Square in Downtown Asheville
  • 21 jets of water that run in 12 combinations.
  • The fountain usually operates from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. 7 days a week from April through September.