Activities

Fun in the mountains in Hendersonville! From rafting and rock climbing to hiking and biking, activities for visitors of all ages.

Great Smokey Mountains National Park

The country’s most visited national park, offering a variety of trails for hikers of any age or skill level. Trail maps and assistance are available at the Park Visitor Centers.

 

423-436-5615

Mount. Mitchell

The eastern United States highest mountain. Experience a wonderful drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway north of Asheville to the Mount Mitchell State Park. A great place to have a picnic and walk on the surrounding trails.

Urban Trail

A self-guided walking tour in downtown Asheville, tracing the footsteps of Asheville’s historic past. The trail highlights the results of the economic boom between 1880-1930, when the railroad came to the mountains and brought wealth and influence. Twenty seven “stations” are highlighted in this continuous 1.6 mile loop, from churches and buildings to streets and landmarks.

Cataloochee Ski Area

Cataloochee Ski Resort

 

 

 

800-768-0285

Waterfalls Tours and Hikes

With over 250 majestic waterfalls right here among the Blue Ridges, this is truly the Land of Waterfalls! Let us show you some of our greatest treasures all within an hour of Asheville/Hendersonville and accessible by short and easy hikes, for the whole family, age 5 and up with average fitness!. All you need is walking shoes and a camera! Join us for a lifetime of memories!

800-684-1101

Mast General Store

Authentic general store featuring quality goods, traditional clothing and custom fit shoes. Since 1883, Mast General Store has been outfitting the Appalachians with traditional mercantile goods, comfortable clothing, rugged footwear and quality outdoor gear for all mountain seasons. Discover for yourself why….. some times are just too good to leave behind, and why it is a simple pleasure to just browse throughout the store. Visit us in Hendersonville, SC, Hendersonville, NC, and Asheville, NC.

Cradle of Forestry

George Vanderbilt was instrumental in founding the first forestry school in America when he hired Carl Schenck to succeed Gifford Pinchot as manager of Vanderbilt’s 100,000-acre forest. Known today as the Cradle of Forestry in America, this national historic site operated by the U.S. Forest Service is located about 20 miles southwest of Asheville off U.S. Highway 276 in Pisgah National Forest. Visitors will find a number of hiking trails in the area. Open April 20 through October.

828-877-3130

Max Patch

This is a great hike outside the Little Creek Community in Madison County. From the top of this mountain you can see the Great Smoky Mountains and the Foothills of East Tennessee. There is a large open area that is great for flying kites.

The Brew-Hoppers Guide to Western North Carolina

Most people aren’t aware that Western North Carolina is the brewing capital of the Southeast. In fact, on just about any day of the year, one can select from about 50 locally brewed craft beers.

Mount Pisgah Balloons

1410 Pisgah Highway, Chandler, NC

 

828-667-9943

Lake Lure Marina

Hop on board one of our many rental boats and discover for yourself why National Geographic named Lake Lure “one of the ten most beautiful man-made lakes in the world.” Canoe, kayak, paddleboat, electric boat, pontoon and speed boat rentals. Wakeboarding and waterskiing. U.S. Hwy. 64/74A, 15 miles southeast of Hendersonville

Blue Ridge Bicycle Club

The bike club was formed in 1974 after a community meeting on bikeway planning was held at the YWCA on South French Broad Avenue. Current club membership is around 250. Monthly meetings convene the third Wednesday of each month at various restaurants in the Asheville area.

Great Smoky Mountain Golf Trails

An overview of 17 of the finest golf courses in Western North Carolina, Upstate South Carolina, and eastern Tennessee.

 

Biltmore Park Town Square

Get your perfect place in town squared away. Discover beautiful townhomes and condominiums perfectly sized for your life. Make your home in Biltmore Park Town Square and you’ll be just steps away from some of the most savory dining choices in the mountains. Not to mention world-class shopping and lively entertainment and the tallest mountains east of the Rockies right outside our window.

1 Town Square Blvd, Asheville, NC 28803 - Map It

(828) 210-1660 (general), (828) 654-0660 (sales)

Chimney Rock Park

If you’re ready for some exercise, we’ve got the spot for you. The Park features six different hiking trails, ranging in difficulty from easy-to-moderate to moderate-to-strenuous. Some lead to 404-foot Hickory Nut Falls; others lead through the woods through old growth forests, dazzling displays of wildflowers and interesting rock formations. The Great Woodland Adventure features fun, whimsical sculptures of some of the animals that call the Park home. Guided bird and wildflower hikes are just a few that are offered throughout the season. The Park, a Natural Heritage Area, is located 18 miles from downtown Hendersonville on Hwy. 64 East in scenic Hickory Nut Gorge. Open all year. Live it up!

828-625-9611

Gorges State Park

The newest addition to North Carolina’s state parks is right here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Gorges State Park has over 80 inches of rain a year making it a temperate rain forest. The plunging waterfalls, rugged river gorges, sheer rock walls, and concentration of rare and unique species makes this a wonderful park to visit.

Great Smokey Mountains Railroad

With the romance and mystique of an era gone by, guests on board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will enjoy year-round scenic train journeys through some of the most beautiful landscapes in the Great Smoky Mountains. Nantahala Gorge Excursion (4� hour round trip), Day Out With Thomas�, Peanuts� Pumpkin Patch Express, and the Polar Express�, are just a few of the wonderful trips available to passengers. Call for additional information, or to make advance reservations.

1-800-872-4681, (828) 586-8811

Wildland Trekking

Wildland Trekking provides adventurous hiking tours throughout the Greater Asheville area. Trip styles range from backpacking to inn-based tours, day hikes, and fantastic kayak camping trips on Fontana Lake. We have over 30 years of experience in adventure travel and we’re the #1 rated TripAdvisor tour company in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. #wildiswaiting

515 Short McDowell Street, Unit 1, Asheville, NC 28801 - Map It

1-800-715-HIKE(4453)

Liberty Bicycles

“Always friendly, always helpful!” The center for cycling in Western North Carolina – road and mountain – since 1980! A Velo Business “Top 100 Dealer” for 7 years in a row!

828-274-2453, 1-800-96BIKES

Carl Sandburg Home

This historic site consists of a 22 room house, barns, sheds, rolling pastures, walking trails, two small lakes, ponds, flower and vegetable gardens, and an orchard. This is where Carl Sandburg felt the peace and solitude he required to write.

Fox Mountain Guides and Climbing School

Fox Mountain Guides and Climbing School is the south’s only AMGA Accredited Guide Service. They offer rock climbing, ice climbing guiding and rock climbing courses across North Carolina. A great and exciting way to see the Mountains! FMG also offers a teen adventure summer camps June through August. We only use American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) trained and certified Instructors and Guides. No other guide service in the Southeastern USA upholds this incredibly high standard. Excellence in Rock Guiding and Instruction since 1994.

  • The South’s only AMGA Accredited Guide Service
  • AMGA Certified Instructors or Guides on every trip
  • No experience necessary
  • We cater to all ability levels and ages

3228 Asheville Hwy, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 - Map It

Toll Free: 1-888-28-GUIDE (48433)

Hands On WNC

Hands On’s mission is to provide children and families with “hands on” educational experiences that stimulate the imagination and motivate learning in a fun, safe environment.

318 N. Main Street Hendersonville, NC 28792 - Map It

(828) 697-8333

Deerfields Resort

Deerfields is located 20 minutes south of Asheville in the Mills River Community. The retreat is a 940-acre family-owned tract of unspoiled wilderness offering camping, swimming, hiking, and horseback riding.

Appalachian Trail

This national scenic trail begins in Georgia and stretches across 2,144 miles of Appalachian Mountain ridge lines to end in Maine. Along the way, it traverses the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and parts of Western North Carolina. For more information on the trail, and day hike suggestions, contact the Appalachian Trail Conference.

 

828-254-3708

Wolf Laurel Slopes

Wolf Laurel Slopes

 

 

 

800-817-4111

Blue Ridge Parkway

One of the country’s best-known scenic highways is also the starting point for hiking trails that traverse the Parkway. Popular spots include Craggy Gardens, Graveyard Fields and its beautiful waterfalls, Mount Pisgah, and Mount Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi.

 

828-298-0398

Apple Valley Model Railroad & Museum

The AVMRC has two free open house’s every week that have been enjoyed by grandparents and grandchildren, as well as kids of all ages for over 2 decades. We offer two operating model RR’s with our inside HO scale layout having 2,000 feet of track. Our new outside layout is a larger G scale. Kids can run a Thomas or Emily train while there. Additionally, we have many historic pictures and items about railroads on display. Admission is free!

650 Maple St, Hendersonville, NC 28792 - Map It

Jackson Park

 is a wonderful place to spend the day. The park has a wide range of bird habitats being represented in the park�s 317 acres. It also includes ball fields and tennis courts. From downtown Hendersonville follow 4th Avenue eastward into the entrance of the park. Open during daylight hours daily.

 

828-697-4884

Pisgah National Forest

Much of Western North Carolina is covered by national forest, making it a hiker’s paradise. For maps or information on great places to hike, call the National Forest Service.

 

828-257-4200

Biltmore Estate

George Vanderbilt created Biltmore Estate in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains more than a century ago as a retreat for family and friends; a place to rediscover gracious hospitality and revel in nature’s beauty. His vision holds true today. Explore Biltmore House, a magnificent 250-room chateau filled with priceless art and antiques. Stroll through century-old gardens designed by America’s first landscape architect. Savor award-winning wines and taste our chefs creations using estate-raised foods. Enjoy our 8,000 acres of forests, farmlands, and rivers on bikes, horseback, and rafts.

1 Lodge St, Asheville, NC 28803 - Map It

(800) 411-3812

Land of the Waterfalls

Visit over 250 majestic waterfalls throughout Transylvania County. We’re in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains where the air is cool, the waters are pure, and the welcome is warm!

High Country Hikers

Hikes vary from easy to strenuous. Hiking and socializing in the Hendersonville area.

828-697-9743

Green Cove Riding Program

Green Cove is located in Tuxedo, NC. Call for more information.

828-692-5706

Sugar Mountain Resort

Sugar Mountain Ski Resort.

800-784-2768

Lazy B Stables

Lazy B Stables is located at 310 Emmas Grove Road, Fletcher NC. Call for more information.

828-628-0681

Appalachian Ski Mountain

Appalachian Ski Mountain

800-322-2373

Guided Fishing Tours

he Smoky Mountains offers many great lakes, rivers, and streams to challenge anglers of all skill levels.

North Carolina Arboretum

A 427-acre facility with a Visitor Education Center, state-of-the-art greenhouses, beautiful gardens, and walking trails.

828-665-2492

Pisgah Forest Riding Stables

Being close to Pisgah Forest has its advantages: great scenery and great trails. Call for more information.

828-883-8258

Sapphire Valley

Sapphire Valley

828-743-1164

Ski Beech

Ski Beach

800-438-2093

Scaly Mountain Snow Tubing

Scaly Mountain

828-526-3737

Hawksnest Ski Resort

Ski Hawks Nest

888-429-5763