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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 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. 

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

DB Bar D Outfitters

3333 N Mills River Rd, Suite B
Mills River, NC 28759
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DB Bar D Outfitters is dedicated to promoting, preserving, and protecting our natural resources so that future generations may continue to enjoy the outdoors. Whether it’s hunting large game, fishing the pristine waters of our area, or just a weekend campout with family and friends, DB bar D can guide you on a customized outdoor experience!  

Services Offered:

  • Guided and semi-guided hunting, fishing, and other outdoor experiences in Mills River, North Carolina, and the South Carolina low country
  • Half-day or full-day fly fishing trips on private waters; catch and release with single hook flies only – rainbow trout, brown trout, and brookies 
  • Hunting opportunities include deer, bear, turkey, dove, and quail.
  • All equipment and licenses can be provided.
  • Friendly guides are available to assist with you learning or improving your skills.

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

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 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


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
  • 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

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 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



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.


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