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

Bold Rock Hard Cider

72 School House Road
Mills River, NC 28759
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  • Bold Rock Hard Cider is the biggest craft cider maker in the Carolinas.
  • The Mills River cidery uses apples sourced only from Henderson County.
  • The Cidery offers complimentary daily tours and tastings and features an expansive tasting room with overhead views of the bottling line.
  • Relax outside on the patio or inside the tasting room as you enjoy one of their award-winning varieties of Bold Rock Hard Cider.
  • Open 7 days per week, has a permanent food truck on-site, regularly has live music, movies on the big screen, and other special events.
  • Bold Rock Mills River Cidery offers complimentary tours Saturday and Sunday at 1, 3, & 5 pm.

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

Hendersonville Food Tour

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Hendersonville Food Tour is a small group tour company focusing on hyper-local culinary experiences. Enjoy a variety of Hendersonville’s local restaurants, breweries and specialty shops on their one-of-a-kind walking tours along historic Main Street. In between food and drink tastings you will learn about Hendersonville’s rich history. All walking tours include a professional guide.

Current tours: Taste of Hendersonville Tour (Thursday – Saturday, 11:30 am – 2:00 pm)

  • Maximum 10 guests per tour.  Two tour guides available.
  • Coming in August 2021: Hendersonville Beer & Bites Tour

Hendersonville Visitor Center

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Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Come by the Hendersonville Visitor Center

  1. Conveniently located in historic downtown Hendersonville, on the corner of Main Street and Allen Street.
  2. Friendly staff and volunteers who are knowledgeable and excited to tell you about the diverse communities in Henderson County
  3. Hundreds of brochures, guides, maps, dining and lodging information.
  4. Clean Public Restrooms
  5. Free parking
  6. Pet Friendly
  7. A great place to shop for Hendersonville souvenirs and unique gifts
  8. Relocation Resources
  9. Free WiFi
  10. Free Cell Phone Charging Station

Step-On Guide Service available by appointment.

  • Specially-trained local guides are available by appointment.
  • A free bus “meet & greet” at Visitor Center is available by appointment. 
  • Tours ranging from ½ hour to all day available for a modest fee.
  • Customized itineraries free upon request:apple blossom & harvest tours, outdoor recreation, local history, spring & fall tours, museums and more.

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.

HVL Pedal & Brews

110 2nd Avenue E
Hendersonville, NC 28792
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  • HVL Pedal & Brews is a 14-person pedal powered (electric motor assisted) vehicle that accommodates 10 Peddlers and 4 Non-Peddlers, as well as your conductor, who navigates downtown Hendersonville with a healthy dose of humor, style and entertainment.
  • Tour options include tours between the downtown breweries, non-alcoholic history tours, and private bookings. 
  • All options are BYOB.

Mineral & Lapidary Museum
of Henderson County

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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 River Farm

3333 North Mills River Rd.
Mills River, NC
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North River Farms is a locally owned and operated family business. The 1,400-acre farm strives to produce the highest quality products.


  • Guided tours of a real working farm.
  • Tours may be customized for groups ranging from families to schools, churches, clubs, Scouts, and social groups.
  • Groups can enjoy a riverside picnic, a farm shed party, or outdoor games of Laser Tag and GellyBall (NEW for 2021)
  • U-Pick produce is available in season.

Saluda Historic Depot

32 W. Main St.
Saluda, NC 28773
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  • Saluda’s 1903 train station houses a heritage museum highlighting the vital role of the railroad in this mountain town’s history. 
  • Exhibits include a diorama of the famous Saluda Grade – the steepest mainline standard gauge railroad grade in the United States – and a diorama depicting Saluda’s various railroading eras. 
  • Railroad artifacts.
  • Videos of trains climbing the Saluda Grade.
  • Admission is free. 
  • Scheduled tours are available.
  • Open Thursday-Sunday (call for hours)

Sideways Farm & Brewery

62 Eade Road
Etowah, NC 28729
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Sideways Brewery offers an ever-changing menu of small-batch artisan ales using seasonal specialty ingredients that are grown on the farm. The tasting room offers no taps, instead of pouring directly from our bottles for guided tastings and real ale by the glass or purchase bottles to be enjoyed on the property or taken home. They also handcraft hard jun kombucha and serve locally made soda and wines. Guests may walk the farm to see beer ingredients growing, view farm animals grazing, or pick their own flowers.

Open Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Check web site for hours.

A beautiful setting for marriage proposals, elopements, intimate weddings, or private farm-to-table dinners and events.


  • Beer tastings
  • Outdoor seating
  • Food trucks on-site Friday-Sunday – check the website or social media for details.
  • Private group tours of the brewery
  • Farm tours
  • U-pick flowers

Sierra Nevada Brewing

100 Sierra Nevada Way
Mills River, NC 28732
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Company has set the standard for artisan brewers worldwide as a winner of numerous awards for a wide variety of beers and ales, including the legendary Pale Ale. Sierra Nevada’s east coast brewing, bottling and distribution operation in Mills River is located 10 miles from downtown Hendersonville, south of Asheville. The Taproom offers 20 beers on tap. The restaurant serves farm-to-table dishes that are mainly supplied locally. Located in Henderson County on approximately 90 acres along the French Broad River.

  • Free, guided tours of the brewery are offered 7days a week, reservations must be booked online (tours fill up quickly)
  • Self-guided tours are also available (no reservations required)
  • Taproom and Restaurant
  • Regularly has live music
  • Check web site for hours.

Sierra Nevada is temporarily closed to the public, due to Covid-19.  Curb-side to-go orders are available.

The Regal Ride

401 Crescent Ave.
Hendersonville, NC 28792
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  • The Regal Ride offers personalized outings to Western North Carolina’s vineyards, breweries and distilleries.
  • Relax in the comfort of a new Mercedes Sprinter van while touring the beautiful scenery in the local area.
  • Call for information and rates
  • Customized tours available from 2 – 11 persons

The Trolley Company

1928 Brevard Road
Hendersonville, NC 28791
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  • The Trolley Company offers guided tours of Historic Hendersonville, Wine Tours, and special events.
  • Call for dates & times. Holiday tours are offered from late November through December, and shuttles are offered on weekends to/from the NC Arboretum’s Winter Lights show.
  • Groups may be arranged year-round.
  • Offering transportation for 1 to 200 passengers.

Van in Black

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Custom transportation services for wine tours, pub crawls, airport shuttles, guided scenic drives, and weddings.

  • Fleet of large and comfortable Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans and Cadillac Escalades
  • Online pricing and availability
  • Convenient online booking




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.