Tales of the Trail

Experience a unique, guided night hike that is fun for the whole family. Tales of the Trail is a non-scary, fall event that introduces you to woodland creatures and how they live. Groups of 20 – 25 people will be led along a lighted, half-mile loop trail to meet costumed animal characters and receive fun giveaways. This festive event will also include music, crafts, a campfire with s’mores and other festival fun.

12th Annual Flock to the Rock

Flock to the Rock was originally created to help folks understand why Hickory Nut Gorge is such a premier birding location, this event has grown in size and popularity every year. You don’t have to be an avid birder to find something of interest at this event, but it may just be the reason you become one. Guided bird walks, raptor flight shows, live bird demos, and workshops are a few of the ways you’ll discover that Chimney Rock isn’t just for the birds! This event has something for everyone in the family.

Naturalist Niche: Winter Walk

Explore Chimney Rock Park during one of the most peaceful times of the year. You’ll learn a lot about the Park’s Old Growth Forest, an area seldom seen by members of the public.

Guided Walk in Historic Oakdale Cemetery

Guided Walk in Historic Oakdale Cemetery

Join me along the pathways of Hendersonville’s Historic Oakdale Cemetery where the “Look Homeward Angel” statue is located. Grave markers throughout this place tell interesting stories and whisper secrets from the past … so come along to discover illustrious and notorious characters of long ago. These 90-minute walks occur rain or shine.
Meeting place: Oakdale Cemetery, U.S. 64 W. at Valley St.

Guided Walks in Historic 7th Avenue District

Guided Walks in Historic 7th Avenue District

This district was where it was happening in the Gilded Age of Hendersonville. Steam engines, drays, hustle, summer visitors, shoot-outs, candy stores … let’s step back in time. These 90-minute walks occur rain or shine.
Meeting place: Hendersonville City Hall, corner of 5th Ave. E. and King St., Police Dept. entrance. Free parking.

Southern Storytellers Series

Southern Storytellers Series

Folkmoot, Blue Ridge Books and the Haywood County Public Library present the Southern Storytellers Supper Series, bringing southern culture and regional authors and musicians together for educational evenings of discussion, food and fun. Supper is included. Tickets cost $20 or $10 for students.

On September 26th, join New York Times bestselling author David Joy, who talks about how the traditional aspects of mountain culture (such as hunting, fishing, nature and his dog) have found their way into David’s writing and life.

On October 17th, join Appalachian Culture and Music specialists William Ritter and Sarah Ogletree, who will sing old love songs, new love songs and traditional mountain music.They both have a passion for harmony singing and good old-fashioned tunes.

On November 21st, Courtney Lix, author of “No Place for the Weary Kind: Women of the Smokies,” joins the Southern Storytelling Series. Hear her talk about the women who possessed the tenacity and perseverance to survive in the remote Smokies of days past.

Guided Walks in Historic 7th Avenue District

Guided Walks in Historic 7th Avenue District

This district was where it was happening in the Gilded Age of Hendersonville. Steam engines, drays, hustle, summer visitors, shoot-outs, candy stores … let’s step back in time. These 90-minute walks occur rain or shine.
Meeting place: Hendersonville City Hall, corner of 5th Ave. E. and King St., Police Dept. entrance. Free parking.

Guided Walks in Historic 7th Avenue District

Guided Walks in Historic 7th Avenue District

This district was where it was happening in the Gilded Age of Hendersonville. Steam engines, drays, hustle, summer visitors, shoot-outs, candy stores … let’s step back in time. These 90-minute walks occur rain or shine.
Meeting place: Hendersonville City Hall, corner of 5th Ave. E. and King St., Police Dept. entrance. Free parking.

Naturalist Niche: Top of the Mountain Trek

Naturalist Niche: Top of the Mountain Trek

This naturalist-led hike explores the top of Chimney Rock Mountain where you’ll discover a much different world than in the main portion of the Park. Learn about the fascinating history of this area and more about the wildlife that can be found utilizing this unique habitat. This hike is considered moderate -to-strenuous.

Bat-tastic Celebration

The Cradle of Forestry’s Bat-tastic Celebration is a one-day event that is a culmination of the local celebration of International Bat Week (October 21-27). Bat Week celebrates the role of bats in nature, and at this local celebration, children and adults can visit info and activity tables to learn more about bats and what they can do to help #SaveTheBats, from 11am to 3pm.

Naturalist Niche: Fall Ridge Hike

Naturalist Niche: Fall Ridge Hike

The trails of Chimney Rock are amazing, but a guided hike off-the-beaten-path can lead you to places you never knew existed! Join us for this fall venture on one of our most popular excursions. You’ll discover seasonal changes along your trek that will introduce you to a whole new perspective of the Park. This hike is considered moderately -strenuous.

Southern Storytellers Series

Southern Storytellers Series

Folkmoot, Blue Ridge Books and the Haywood County Public Library present the Southern Storytellers Supper Series, bringing southern culture and regional authors and musicians together for educational evenings of discussion, food and fun. Supper is included. Tickets cost $20 or $10 for students.

On September 26th, join New York Times bestselling author David Joy, who talks about how the traditional aspects of mountain culture (such as hunting, fishing, nature and his dog) have found their way into David’s writing and life.

On October 17th, join Appalachian Culture and Music specialists William Ritter and Sarah Ogletree, who will sing old love songs, new love songs and traditional mountain music.They both have a passion for harmony singing and good old-fashioned tunes.

On November 21st, Courtney Lix, author of “No Place for the Weary Kind: Women of the Smokies,” joins the Southern Storytelling Series. Hear her talk about the women who possessed the tenacity and perseverance to survive in the remote Smokies of days past.

Southern Storytellers Series

Southern Storytellers Series

Folkmoot, Blue Ridge Books and the Haywood County Public Library present the Southern Storytellers Supper Series, bringing southern culture and regional authors and musicians together for educational evenings of discussion, food and fun. Supper is included. Tickets cost $20 or $10 for students.

On September 26th, join New York Times bestselling author David Joy, who talks about how the traditional aspects of mountain culture (such as hunting, fishing, nature and his dog) have found their way into David’s writing and life.

On October 17th, join Appalachian Culture and Music specialists William Ritter and Sarah Ogletree, who will sing old love songs, new love songs and traditional mountain music.They both have a passion for harmony singing and good old-fashioned tunes.

On November 21st, Courtney Lix, author of “No Place for the Weary Kind: Women of the Smokies,” joins the Southern Storytelling Series. Hear her talk about the women who possessed the tenacity and perseverance to survive in the remote Smokies of days past.

Flock to the Rock

Flock to the Rock

Join for one of Western North Carolina’s most popular Annual events, Flock to the Rock. Originally created to help folks understand why Hickory Nut Gorge is such a premier birding location, this event has grown in size and popularity every year. You don’t have to be an avid birder to find something of interest at this event, but it may just be the reason you become one. Guided bird walks, raptor flight shows, live bird demos and workshops are a few of the ways you’ll discover that Chimney Rock isn’t just for the birds!

Naturalist Niche: Fall Migration Bird Walk

The early bird gets…to see and hear early birds! This special bird walk was designed to start before the Park opens to ensure participants get the best chance to encounter a variety of birds. Taking place during fall migration also enhances the number of species expected to be in our area. This hike is considered moderate and is the prelude to the our 10th Annual Flock to the Rock event which starts at 11am.

Guided History Walks on Main Street

Guided History Walks on Main Street

Be charmed and informed by our history, architecture, and colorful stories about Hendersonville. Learn how the town got its name, who donated the land, bordellos, trolley lines, and more. These 90-minute walks occur rain or shine.
Meeting place: Hendersonville City Hall, corner of 5th Ave. E. and King St., Police Dept. entrance. Free parking.

Guided Walk in Historic Oakdale Cemetery

Guided Walk in Historic Oakdale Cemetery

Join me along the pathways of Hendersonville’s Historic Oakdale Cemetery where the “Look Homeward Angel” statue is located. Grave markers throughout this place tell interesting stories and whisper secrets from the past … so come along to discover illustrious and notorious characters of long ago. These 90-minute walks occur rain or shine.
Meeting place: Oakdale Cemetery, U.S. 64 W. at Valley St.

Guided History Walks on Main Street

Guided History Walks on Main Street

Be charmed and informed by our history, architecture, and colorful stories about Hendersonville. Learn how the town got its name, who donated the land, bordellos, trolley lines, and more. These 90-minute walks occur rain or shine.
Meeting place: Hendersonville City Hall, corner of 5th Ave. E. and King St., Police Dept. entrance. Free parking.

Bee Bold Pollinator Festival

Bee Bold Pollinator Festival

Join us as we celebrate National Honey Bee Day with our inaugural Bee Bold Festival! Bold Rock Hard Cider, along with Bee City USA – Hendersonville, aim to raise awareness of the role of honey bees and other pollinators. Honey bees are the world’s most important pollinator of food crops, making them a crucial member of our community. No bees, no Bold Rock! Festivities include live music by Jake Burns Music from 2-5pm, vendors, honey tastings, educational workshops, observation bee hives, plant sale, and other fun activities! Vendors and organizations include Carolina Bee Farm, BeeHaven Gardens, Bullington Gardens, Hands On! Children’s Museum, Cornerstone Tea, Mills River Farmers’ Market, Henderson County Beekeepers Association, and more! We will also be bringing back the Ginger Bee Cocktail! This cocktail features a delightful blend of lemon juice, local honey from the Henderson County Beekeepers Association, and Bold Rock Hard Cider’s Ginger Cider. $1 from each cocktail sold will be donated directly to the “Bring the Hive Alive!” downtown HVL bee mural initiative – http://handsonwnc.org/hive. Starting at 1 pm, each guest will receive one complimentary limited edition ‘Bee Bold’ pint glass with the purchase of a cocktail (non-alcoholic available, too). *Limit one per guest while supplies last.* ‘Bee’ Bold and join us on Saturday, August 17th! This event is FREE.

Guided History Walks on Main Street

Guided History Walks on Main Street

Be charmed and informed by our history, architecture, and colorful stories about Hendersonville. Learn how the town got its name, who donated the land, bordellos, trolley lines, and more. These 90-minute walks occur rain or shine.
Meeting place: Hendersonville City Hall, corner of 5th Ave. E. and King St., Police Dept. entrance. Free parking.

Guided History Walks on Main Street

Guided History Walks on Main Street

Be charmed and informed by our history, architecture, and colorful stories about Hendersonville. Learn how the town got its name, who donated the land, bordellos, trolley lines, and more. These 90-minute walks occur rain or shine.
Meeting place: Hendersonville City Hall, corner of 5th Ave. E. and King St., Police Dept. entrance. Free parking.

Guided History Walks on Main Street

Guided History Walks on Main Street

Be charmed and informed by our history, architecture, and colorful stories about Hendersonville. Learn how the town got its name, who donated the land, bordellos, trolley lines, and more. These 90-minute walks occur rain or shine.
Meeting place: Hendersonville City Hall, corner of 5th Ave. E. and King St., Police Dept. entrance. Free parking.

Guided Walk in Historic Oakdale Cemetery

Guided Walk in Historic Oakdale Cemetery

Join me along the pathways of Hendersonville’s Historic Oakdale Cemetery where the “Look Homeward Angel” statue is located. Grave markers throughout this place tell interesting stories and whisper secrets from the past … so come along to discover illustrious and notorious characters of long ago. These 90-minute walks occur rain or shine.
Meeting place: Oakdale Cemetery, U.S. 64 W. at Valley St.

Guided History Walks on Main Street

Guided History Walks on Main Street

Be charmed and informed by our history, architecture, and colorful stories about Hendersonville. Learn how the town got its name, who donated the land, bordellos, trolley lines, and more. These 90-minute walks occur rain or shine.
Meeting place: Hendersonville City Hall, corner of 5th Ave. E. and King St., Police Dept. entrance. Free parking.

Guided History Walks on Main Street

Guided History Walks on Main Street

Be charmed and informed by our history, architecture, and colorful stories about Hendersonville. Learn how the town got its name, who donated the land, bordellos, trolley lines, and more. These 90-minute walks occur rain or shine.
Meeting place: Hendersonville City Hall, corner of 5th Ave. E. and King St., Police Dept. entrance. Free parking.

Guided History Walks on Main Street

Guided History Walks on Main Street

Be charmed and informed by our history, architecture, and colorful stories about Hendersonville. Learn how the town got its name, who donated the land, bordellos, trolley lines, and more. These 90-minute walks occur rain or shine.
Meeting place: Hendersonville City Hall, corner of 5th Ave. E. and King St., Police Dept. entrance. Free parking.

Guided History Walks on Main Street

Guided History Walks on Main Street

Be charmed and informed by our history, architecture, and colorful stories about Hendersonville. Learn how the town got its name, who donated the land, bordellos, trolley lines, and more. These 90-minute walks occur rain or shine.
Meeting place: Hendersonville City Hall, corner of 5th Ave. E. and King St., Police Dept. entrance. Free parking.

Guided Walk in Historic Oakdale Cemetery

Guided Walk in Historic Oakdale Cemetery

Join me along the pathways of Hendersonville’s Historic Oakdale Cemetery where the “Look Homeward Angel” statue is located. Grave markers throughout this place tell interesting stories and whisper secrets from the past … so come along to discover illustrious and notorious characters of long ago. These 90-minute walks occur rain or shine.
Meeting place: Oakdale Cemetery, U.S. 64 W. at Valley St.

Guided History Walks on Main Street

Guided History Walks on Main Street

Be charmed and informed by our history, architecture, and colorful stories about Hendersonville. Learn how the town got its name, who donated the land, bordellos, trolley lines, and more. These 90-minute walks occur rain or shine.
Meeting place: Hendersonville City Hall, corner of 5th Ave. E. and King St., Police Dept. entrance. Free parking.

Guided History Walks on Main Street

Guided History Walks on Main Street

Be charmed and informed by our history, architecture, and colorful stories about Hendersonville. Learn how the town got its name, who donated the land, bordellos, trolley lines, and more. These 90-minute walks occur rain or shine.
Meeting place: Hendersonville City Hall, corner of 5th Ave. E. and King St., Police Dept. entrance. Free parking.

Guided History Walks on Main Street

Guided History Walks on Main Street

Be charmed and informed by our history, architecture, and colorful stories about Hendersonville. Learn how the town got its name, who donated the land, bordellos, trolley lines, and more. These 90-minute walks occur rain or shine.
Meeting place: Hendersonville City Hall, corner of 5th Ave. E. and King St., Police Dept. entrance. Free parking.

“History Bites” Lecture Series

History Bites-Winter Lecture Series: Come learn about an interesting aspect of history while enjoying light refreshments. $5 per session.

  • January 16 12:00 PM: Terry Ruscin “School Days: The History of Henderson County Education”
  • February 6 12:00 PM: Susan Trotter “Quilting through the Years”
  • February 20 12:00 PM: Janie McKinley “Life on Bear Mountain”

“History Bites” Lecture Series

History Bites-Winter Lecture Series: Come learn about an interesting aspect of history while enjoying light refreshments. $5 per session.

  • January 16 12:00 PM: Terry Ruscin “School Days: The History of Henderson County Education”
  • February 6 12:00 PM: Susan Trotter “Quilting through the Years”
  • February 20 12:00 PM: Janie McKinley “Life on Bear Mountain”