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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 hours
  • Admission charged
  • Outdoor Adventure Center – hiking, biking carriage rides, horse back riding, fly-fishing, river floats, sporting clays and more. Call for details and reservations. 

Blantyre Park

120 Grove Bridge Rd
Hendersonville, NC 28739
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  • Blantyre Park, a river-access park, is managed by the NC Wild Life Resource Commission
  • Parking
  • Canoe port into the French Broad River
  • Blantyre Park is located on the border of Henderson and Transylvania Counties
  • The park covers a total area of 3.46 acres

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.

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

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
  • Open May – September

North Carolina Fishing Requirements

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  • Fishing License
    Children under 16 years of age do not require a North Carolina fishing license but must be accompanied by a licensed adult or possess the license of a parent or guardian. License can be obtained by calling 1-888-2HUNTFISH or at various local retail outlets. (License not required at privately owned trout ponds/farms where admission is charged) http://www.ncwildlife.org
  • Henderson County NC Hunting & Fishing License Outlets
    Carolina Ace Hardware
    911 Greenville Hwy., Hendersonville, NC 28792
  • Five Points Grocery
    26 Stepp Mill Rd, Hendersonville, NC 28792
  • Walmart
    250 Highlands Square Dr, Hendersonville, NC 28792

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

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

Patton Park

114 E. Clairmont Drive
Hendersonville , NC
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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

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 summer season (Memorial Day – Labor Day), and on weekends until end of October
  • Restrooms available when park is staffed (see above)
  • Located 7.6 miles from the junction of US Highways 64 and 276
  • 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 10am – 6pm
  • Personal Flotation Devices available when park is staffed ($5)

See website for rules and regulations!


70 Court Plaza
Asheville, NC 28802
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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.

Westfeldt Park

83 Old Fanning Bridge Rd.
Fletcher, NC 28732
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  • Located on the French Broad River
  • River access
  • Canoe – small Boat Launch Ramp
  • Picnic Area
  • Parking
  • Open Field Area
  • Park covers an area of 15.19 acres.



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