The Great Outdoors

Whether you're here for the weekend or for the duration... a list of places to go and things to do to enjoy the mountains and rivers of Western North Carolina. If you know of a swimming hole or a trail we've missed, send a note to [email protected]

Popular activities include:
fishing . hiking/backpacking . biking . snow skiing . rafting . kayak & canoe . rock climbing . golf . Hot air balloon rides . skateboarding .water sports . family fun . scenic drives . horsebackriding

Hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains... more details at hikinginthesmokys.com, the most comprehensive site on the web for information on Great Smoky Mountains Trails.

Waterfalls are a beautiful draw in the mountains... More details are available on Hendersonville.com's waterfall page.

Featured Destination (by Anne Heck)
Day-tripping in Hot Springs. Always a favorite. Includes a beautiful drive, lots of fresh air and exercise, and a relaxing soak in the hot tubs. For details...

Featured Destination
Day-tripping at the Carl Sandburg Home and farm in Historic Flat Rock. Just south of Hendersonville off of N. C. Highway 25. A visit that will stay with you for years to come.
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Featured Destination
Day-tripping at Chimney Rock Park . Just south of Hendersonville off of N. C. Highway 74. If you're looking for a nice, "outdoors-y" spot to spend the better part of a day away from your own particular hustle and bustle, Chimney Rock Park might just be the place.
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Keeping it simple. If you're seeking an outdoor adventure, look no further. Hendersonville is surrounded by natural beauty and numerous opportunities for enjoying the outdoors. Here are some safe places to start your outdoor adventures.
Bicycling: Road and Mountain
  • Bent Creek Recreational Area. If you're looking for a fun ride in the forest not too far from home, the Bent Creek area just south of Asheville offers a number of rides on gravel roads and single tracks.
  • Tsali Recreation Area, by local Tom Livingston. World famous single-track trails along Lake Fontana's shores.

Rock Climbing and Montaineering. Western North Carolina has long been a destination for climbers and mountaineers of all abilities. Located near the southern terminus of the Appalachians, this area features some of the most impressive mountains on the Eastern seaboard, including Mt. Mitchell, with the highest summit this side of the Rockies. From rugged winter ascents of 6000-foot snow-capped mountains to the water-marked faces of the famous granite domes, WNC offers a multitude of options for the climber to explore and consider.
    Carolina Land.com
    One-to-twelve acre mountain home sites with marvelous views, priced from $29,900 - $99,900, also new, custom-built, easy-to-finish log cabins from $89,900 (cabins include 1 to 2 ac). Home sites feature streams, creeks and privacy. Located in the WNC mountains just east of Asheville, and close to Lake Lure, Lake James, Hendersonville, Chimney Rock, Black Mountain, Boone, Blowing Rock, Banner Elk, & Hickory. Enjoy hiking, trout fishing, swimming, canoeing, tubing, white water rafting, snow and water skiing, & four, distinct, mild seasons.
    Call for an appointment - 828.429.4004

    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
  • Toll Free: 1-888-28-GUIDE (4843)
  • Diamond Brand Outdoors
    Diamond Brand Outdoors is a complete outfitter and guide service in Arden, NC and in Downtown Asheville, NC. Whether you love hiking, camping, fly fishing, rock climbing, kayaking, or canoeing, Diamond Brand Outdoors is your one-stop shop for gear and information for your adventures in beautiful Western North Carolina!

    River and Earth Adventures, Inc.
    Whitewater rafting, cave tours, tubing, canoe/kayak rentals, and much more. Locations in Asheville, Boone, Marshall North Carolina, Elizabethton Tennessee. Lunches include local and organic foods. The best outdoor adventures in the high country. The only guide-owned and operated outfitter in the area. Guaranteed best customer service. The only eco-tourism outfitter in the High Country. Call for Reservations! Tours start at $15. Please call us today at 866-411 RAFT

    USA Raft
    The French Broad River is the closest white water rafting to Asheville, NC. This gorgeous river, in the heart of Pisgah National Forest, will delight even the most seasoned rafter. Our French Broad outpost is 30 minutes from Asheville. The Nolichucky River, Erwin TN, flows through a deep gorge and offers our most adventurous rafting experience with over nine miles of class II, III and IV rapids. Packages and group discounts available. 1-866-USA-Raft.
  • Mild to Wild White Water Adventure
  • Professional guide in every raft
  • Half Day trips starting at $42 per person
  • Accommodations available in our riverside Crockett Cabin
  • Guided Caving trips to Worley´┐Żs Cave
  • Adventure packages and Group discounts available
  • 1-866-USA-Raft, USA Raft

    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, NC, Greenville, SC, and Asheville, NC.

  • 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
  • Toll Free: 1-888-28-GUIDE (48433)
  • Chimney Rock Park
    Have you ever wanted to go rock climbing or rappelling but have been hesitant to try? Why not sign up for a 2-hour climbing clinic or a half or full-day training session with a certified instructor and take on the cliffs overlooking Hickory Nut Gorge. We’ve partnered with the Southeast’s only AMGA accredited guide service, Fox Mountain Guides, to offer you a climbing experience you won’t soon forget. Guided climbing opportunities are available for the beginners to advanced climbers. No experience is necessary, though, and we provide all the equipment. Reservations are required. The Park, located 18 miles from downtown Hendersonville on Hwy. 64 East, is open all year. Live it up! 800-277-9611

  • 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

  • Toads-R-Us. 5.9+ FA Chris Little, Clarence Hickman & Mark Pell
  • Dinkus Dog. 5.10 First Ascent by Jeep Gaskin & Jeff Burton, 1979.
  • Cornflake Crack. Ee-Gads! 5.11 FA Art Williams & Mike Holloway, 1972; FFA Henry Barber & Ric Hatch, 1976

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