Attractions

Explore Hendersonville attractions such as shopping, tours, parks, art galleries, music concerts, and hundreds more.

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.

Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre

The Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre’s work includes family oriented dance theatre productions, collaborative shows, community involvement, dance networking, educational training, touring shows and presentations, and an international exchange program.

Hickory Furniture Mart

When you’re in Asheville, you’re just over an hour away from the nation’s leading home furnishings resource and a shopping experience you’ll never forget. See a thousand lines in nearly a hundred beautiful factory stores, outlets and galleries. Ideas galore. Famous North Carolina prices. On-site hotel, restaurant, shipping service. Visit hickoryfurniture.com.

800-462-MART

Pearson’s Falls

Located between Tryon and Saluda is Pearson’s Falls. The Tryon Garden Club has own this 250-acre site for nearly 70 years. Hours are 10am -6pm Wednesday-Sunday. Admission is $2 for adults.

(828) 49-3031

Appalachian Cultural Museum

The mission of the Appalachian Cultural Museum is to provide a continuing reinterpretation of life and culture in the Blue Ridge region, and to serve as a laboratory for new museum ideas.

Flat Rock Playhouse

One of the finest local playhouses in the United States. Highly acclaimed throughout the theater world. Check their web site for schedule.

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

Learn About the Cherokee

Learn the history and meet the people of the Cherokee Indian Reservation. Visit the Oconoluftee Indian Village and Unto These Hills for a great educational opportunity.

Thomas Wolfe House

The boyhood home of the author Thomas Wolfe (Look Homeward, Angel) is furnished with family posessions and open for tours (appx. 30 min.). A number of special events take place each year. Small admission fee.

828-253-8304

Brevard Music Center

This premier summer music festival and comprehensive music center has set the highest standards in performance and education for six decades.

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)

Western North Carolina Agricultural Center

This is the home of the Western North Carolina State Fair. The facilities include the McGough Arena, J. Clayton Davis Arena, Outside Warmup Rings, Sales Arena, Stall Barns, and Youth Building.

The Health Adventure

The Health Adventure celebrates the pursuit of wellness in mind, body, and spirit. The interactive activities throughout the Health Adventure keep children learning.

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.

Hands On! – A Child’s Gallery

GHands On! offers an affordable, educational and fun way to spend the day with your children, grandchildren, and students ages 1 – 10. This is a safe gathering place where kids can be kids while learning is nurtured. Field trips, special events, and birthday parties are welcome. We are located at 318 N. Main Street, between Black Bear Coffee and Pink Corsets.

WNC Nature Center

The Western North Carolina Nature Center is the first place where area children meet the animals they have read about. Deers, bears, cougars, wolf, racoons, birds and even farm animals are there for all to learn about. Exhibits on area poisonous snakes are worth absorbing. An aviary, self-guided nature trail and petting zoo make this a great place for the family. Small admission fee.

828-298-5600

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)

Mineral & Lapidary Museum

TThe museum, located at 400 North Main Street, exhibits North Carolina Minerals, Fluorescent Minerals, fossils, Geodes (our specialty), gemstones & Jewelry from our local Mineral Club, and a wonderful Gift Shop. Open 6 days/week and all year long. Admission is FREE.

828-698-1977

Dupont State Forest

Most first time visitors want to see falling water, and DuPont State Forest probably has as much per square mile as any public land in the Southeast. This is a beautiful new state park that was established in 1996.

Western North Carolina Farmers Market

The Farmers Market features displays of high quality fruits and vegetables, mountain crafts, jams, jellies, preserves, sourwood honey, and dozens of other farm fresh items.

The Asheville Quilt Show

Visit the 34th Annual Asheville Quilt Show “Quilts: Colorful, Creative, and Cozy” from Sept 30 through October 2th, Friday, Saturday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sunday 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM at the WNC Agriculture Center, Davis Center. Featuring over 300 quilts, quilts for sale, kids sewing station, a hand-made item gift shop, vendors, and product raffle. Entrance fee is $7.

1301 Fanning Bridge Rd, Fletcher, NC 28732 - Map It

Holmes Educational State Forest

One of six educational forests in North Carolina, Holmes was designed as a living environmental education center. Be sure to bring a picnic lunch, but call first if you want to reserve the shelter.

828-692-0100

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!

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

North Carolina’s National Forests

Take a look at some of the nation’s top national forests located in the great state of North Carolina.

 

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

Cradle of Forestry

Features the first Forestry School in North America. Guided walks, craftsmen, interpretive movie, historic cabins, logging locomotive, helicopter simulator, Forest Discovery Center and hands-on exhibits.

Great Smokey Mountains National Park

America’s most visited National Park. The Great Smokey Mountains National Park has the Blue Ridge Parkway going through it, so it is to access with great vistas around every turn.

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

Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design

at the UNC Asheville Kellog Center at 1181 Broyles Rd. in Hendersonville. Gallery hours are from 1 – 5p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. For more information call.

828-890-2050.

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.

Blue Ridge Parkway

One of America’s finest driving routes, following the the Blue Ridge Mountains from Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains.

Bent Creek Experimental Forest

One of America’s oldest research forests that is maintained by the USDA Forest Service.

Pack Place Education, Arts & Science Center

Pack Place includes the Asheville Art Museum, The Health Adventure, and the Diana Wortham Theatre.

Lake Lure, NC

Ranked by National Geographic Magazine as one to the top scenic lakes in the world.

Nantahala National Forest

This national forest contains the Memorial Joyce Kilmer Forest that contains one of America’s oldest stand of Poplar Trees.

Pisgah National Forest

Nearly 500,000 acres of protected forest, featuring hundreds of miles hiking, biking, and horse trails, waterfalls, and beautiful mountaintop views.

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

Grandfather Mountain

Experience one of WNC’s greatest scenic vistas. The swinging bridge will give you a thrill when you cross it.

Linville Caverns

Located in WNC near Grandfather Mountain, Linville Caverns are worth the visit.