Hendersonville, NC Family Activities
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North Carolina State Forest
Holmes Educational State Forest - Talking Tree Trail, hiking, picnic area, helicopter, displays and emphasis on fire prevention. Open mid-Mar thru Nov., Tuesday through Sunday, 1299 Crab Creek Road, Hendersonville, NC (828) 692-0100 www.ncesf.org

DuPont State Recreational Forest - encompasses 10,600 acres in Henderson and Transylvania counties. The Forest includes several waterfalls and 80 miles of roads and trails. Open year round for hiking, mountain biking, swimming and horseback riding. Fishing is allowed with a valid NC fishing license. 1300 Staton Rd, Cedar Mountain, NC (828) 877-6527 www.ncforestservice.gov/Contacts/dsf.htm


Local Parks
Jackson Park - offers 212 acres with 4 picnic shelters, 9 baseball fields, soccer fields, 8 tennis courts, playgrounds, bicycle trails, and many walking trails. The park is home to several species of birds, wildlife, and plants. 801 Glover St., Hendersonville, NC (828) 697-4884 www.hendersoncountync.org/recreation/

Patton Park - offers19 acres with baseball fields, basketball courts, racquetball courts (open Memorial Day-Labor Day), tennis courts, a football field, pavilions with picnic tables, playground, a one-half mile lighted walking trail, an Olympics-sized swimming pool (open 7 days during summer season), and a skate park. Asheville Hwy. (Hwy. 25 N), Hendersonville, NC (828) 697-3084 www.cityofhendersonville.org

Laurel Green Park- offers a walking trail and playground, no public restrooms; located on the corner of Laurel Park Hwy. & White Pine Dr., Hendersonville, NC (828) 693-4840 www.laurelpark.org

Mills River Town Park - includes a 0.4 acre multi-use trail, a dog park, picnic shelter, tennis courts and playground. 124 Town Center Dr, Mills River, NC (828) 890-2901 www.millsriver.org

Fletcher Community Park - Nature trails, playground, picnic areas, soccer field, baseball fields, soccer fields, disc golf, and restrooms/concessions. 85 Howard Gap Rd., Fletcher, NC (828) 687-0751 www.fletcherparks.org

Kate's Park - walking trail, playground, large picnic shelter and tot lot. Library Rd., Fletcher, NC (828) 687-0751 www.fletcherparks.org


Miniature Golf Centers
Boyd Park - Church Street, Hendersonville, NC Memorial Day - Labor Day, (828) 697-3084

Champions Golf Learning Center - 18 hole miniature golf, batting cages, lighted driving range & golf lesson. 485 Brookside Camp Rd., Hendersonville NC  828-698-1234 championsgolflearningctr.com

  Public Library
Henderson County Public Library, 301 North Washington Street, Hendersonville, NC (828) 697-4725 www.henderson.lib.nc.us
Sk8t Depot - offers roller skating, arcade games,WIFi and food, 1705 Spartanburg Hwy., Hendersonville, NC (828) 697-8754 www.sk8tdepot.com
Movie Theaters
Epic Theaters - Stadium seating with 12 screens. 200 Thompson St., Hendersonville, NC  828.693.1146 www.epictheatres.com

Flat Rock Cinema - bistro style cinema, featuring food, cocktails & local brews; 2700 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock, Flat Rock. (828) 697-2463 www.flatrockcinema.com

Tarheel Lanes Bowling Center - offers modern alleys set within a smoke-free facility, 3275 Asheville Hwy, Hendersonville, NC 828.513.2328

Henderson County Mineral & Lapidary Museum - Displays of minerals, gemstones, Geodes,And Indian artifacts. 400 N. Main St, Hendersonville, NC (828) 698-1977 www.mineralmuseum.com

Hands On! - A Child's Gallery - Hands On! - A Child's Gallery provides educational exhibits that makes learning fun. Adults need to accompany children, 318 N. Main St. Hendersonville, (828) 697-8333 www.handsonwnc.org

Henderson County Heritage Museum - housed in the Historic Henderson County Courthouse on Main Street, offering displays, artifacts, collections, archives, demonstrations, relating to the history and heritage of Henderson County. One Historic Courthouse Square on Main Street, Hendersonville, NC (828) 694-1619 www.hendersoncountymuseum.com      

Western North Carolina Air Museum - First air museum in NC. Display of restored airplanes, restored replica and antique airplanes. Advance reservations for groups, 1340 Gilbert Street, Hendersonville, NC (828) 698-2482 www.wncairmuseum.com

Wheels Through Time Museum - Features America's vintage transportation from the past, Maggie Valley, NC (828) 926-6266 www.wheelsthroughtime.com


Gem & Gold Mining
Elijah Mountain Gem Mine, covered flumes for rain or shine mining, 2120 Brevard Road) open all year, (828) 692-6560 www.elijahmountain.com

Pisgah Forest Gem Mining, open rain or shine!  Indoor and outdoor mining areas available. 3338 Asheville Hwy, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 (828) 367-8330 www.pisgahforestgemmining.com

Chimney Rock Gemstone Mine, located in Hickory Nut Gorge, on the banks of the Rocky Broad River. Chimney Rock, NC (828) 625-5524 www.chimneyrockgemmine.com


Horseback Riding
Biltmore Estate, reservations suggested, Asheville, NC 800-411-3812 www.biltmore.com

Cedar Creek Stables, 542 Cedar Creek Rd., (reservations recommended), Lake Lure, NC 828-625-2811 www.cedarcreekstables.com

Pisgah Forest Riding Stables, Guided trail rides by reservation, Monday-Saturday. Pisgah Forest, NC 828-883-8258 www.pisgahstables.com

Riverside Riding Stables, Lake Lure, NC 866-206-0235 or (828) 288-1302 (open year round, weather permitted, call for reservations) www.riversideridingstables.com

Saddle-Up Trail Rides, Mills River, NC (828) 768-9025 (open April 1-Nov 15 weather permiting, call for reservations) saddleuptrailrides.homestead.com

Shoal Creek, Dupont State Forest Trail Rides, Sky Valley Rd., Hendersonville, NC (open year round, weather permiting, call for reservations) (828) 551-2225 www.shoalcreeknc.com/trailrides.htm

Recreational Areas
North Mills River Recreational Area in Pisgah National Forest - Tubing (bring your own tube), picnic areas, camping, fishing, hiking, bicycle & horse riding trails; 5289 N. Mills River Rd, Mills River, NC (828) 877-3265 1-877-444-6777 Mills River Recreational Area

Lake Lure Tours & Beach Water Works- over 20 miles of Lake Lure's shoreline. Offers guided boat tour, sandy beach or water activities at the Beach Water Works; 2930 Memorial Hwy, Lake Lure, NC  877-386-4255 lakelure.com

Lake Julian Recreational Area - offers picnicking, boating, fishing, a playground, outdoor games and special events; off of Long Shoals Rd, Skyland, NC (828) 684-0376 www.buncombecounty.org

Lake Powhatan Recreation Area in Pisgah National Forest - Swimming, hiking, fishing, camping; 375 Wesley Branch Rd., Asheville, NC (828) 670-5627 or (877) 444-6777 Lake Powhatan Recreation Area


Whitewater Rafting | River Tubing | Canoing | Kayaking
- 1648 Brevard Rd., Asheville, NC tubing located on the French Broad River 1/4 mile from the Blue Ridge Parkway and the NC Arboretum on Hwy. 191, 1-855-936-8823 www.zentubing.com

Green River Adventure, 111 E. Main St., Saluda, NC, kayaking, guided waterfall/swimming hole hikes, 800-335-1530 www.greenriveradventures.com

Asheville Outdoor Center, 521 Amboy Rd., Asheville, NC canoing, tubing, kayaking, rafting & gem mining,  800-849-1970 or (828) 232-1970 www.paddlewithus.com

Canopy Ridge Farm - offers a day full of zip-line tours and kayaking. Located in Lake Lure, minutes from Chimney Rock State Park. 7115 US Hwy 64/74A, Lake Lure, NC Call for for rates and reservations (828) 625-4500. www.canopyridgefarm.com

Headwaters Outfitters - 25 Parkway Road, Rosman, NC, canoing, tubing, kayaking, & fishing (828) 877-3106 www.headwatersoutfitters.com

Nantahala Outdoor Center - offers family friendly adventures rafting and paddling the Nantahala River, mountain bike rentals & lake kayaking 13077 Hwy 19 W, Bryson City, NC 828-488-6900 or 800-232-7238 noc.com


National Forest
Cradle of Forestry Forest Discovery Center - Hands on exhibits, guided walks, historic cabins, craftsmen, logging locomotive, helicopter simulator, & hands-on exhibits. Open mid-April to early-November, Pisgah Forest, NC (828) 877-3130 www.cradleofforestry.com

The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, located in Pisgah National Forest. Attractions include: aquariums, hands-on exhibits, garden display, special programs, viewing and feeding of the hatchery trout. Open to the public daily, except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. (Outdoor exhibits close at 4:30pm) (828) 877-4423. www.ncwildlife.org

Pisgah National Forest - Attractions include 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. Activities include hiking, camping, fishing (license required) swimming, and picnic areas. www.fs.usda.gov


Fishing Areas
Crab Creek Catfish Farm, 441 Crab Creek Rd., no permit required, Hendersonville, NC (828) 692-0023

North Mills River Recreational Area/Pisgah National Forest, permit required, 5289 N. Mills River Rd, Mills River, NC
877-444-6777, 828-890-3284 Mills River Recreational Area

Dupont State Recreational Forest, permit required, (828) 877-6527 www.dupontforest.com

Davidson River Recreational Area in Pisgah National Forest - (828) 862-5960, 1-877-444-6777 www.recreation.gov

French Broad River, www.riverlink.org/riverguide.pdf

Lake Julian, permit required, Skyland, NC - (828) 684-0376 www.buncombecounty.org

Lake Lure, permit required, Lake Lure, NC - (828) 625-9983 www.townoflakelure.com

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) www.ncwildlife.org


Swimming / Watering Holes
Patton Park
- Public swimming pool, picnic areas, tennis, basketball (pool open 7 days during summer season) (828) 697-3084 www.cityofhendersonville.org

YMCA - Organized activities, day camp, indoor pool, tennis, basketball, gym, fitness studio, weight room, youth center. Hwy. 64 W., Hendersonville, NC (828) 697-9622 www.ymcawnc.org/centers/hendersonville

Lake Lure Tours & Beach Water Works- over 20 miles of Lake Lure's shoreline.The marina offers guided boat tours, a sandy beach, swimming, Water Works water park, boat rentals. (828) 625-1373 lakelure.com/activities

Sliding Rock - A natural sloping 60 foot smooth rock water slide, plunging into a pool of water at the bottom. Bathrooms and showers are open during the summer season with a lifeguard on duty from Memorial Day to mid-August, No alcohol is allowed. Pisgah Forest, NC (828) 877-3350 www.ncnatural.com

DuPont State Recreational Forest - Hooker Falls on Little River has become a popular swimming hole, dropping off a 13-foot high natural ledge before flowing into Cascade Lake. www.dupontforest.com

Splashville - Interactive dancing water fountains located in Pack Square in Downtown Asheville for children to play in and cool off.


Team ECCO Ocean Center and Aquarium
- houses the only public aquarium in Western North Carolina with 20+ tanks that display sea horses, sting rays, shark pups, lion fish, a touch tank and more. 511 N. Main St., Hendersonville, NC (828) 692-8386 www.teamecco.org


Other Activities
Bounce Depot - an inflatable bouncing playground, also available for indoor parties & events, 609 Market St., Hendersonville, NC (828) 513-1285www.facebook.com/bouncedepotfamilyfun/info?tab=overview

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site - Goat farm, hiking trails, picnic area, in summer months performances at the outdoor amphitheater. 81 Carl Sandburg Lane, Flat Rock, NC (828) 693-4178 www.nps.gov/carl

Champions Golf Learning Center - lighted driving range, golf lessons, 18 hole miniature golf, batting cages, 485 Brookside Camp Rd., Hendersonville NC  828-698-1234 championsgolflearningctr.com

Chimney Rock Park- Offers a spectacular 75-mile view, hiking trails, a 404-foot waterfall, and special events. Chimney Rock, NC (828) 625-9611 or 800-277-9611 www.chimneyrockpark.com

Fletcher Feed & Seed - Live bluegrass & country music on Friday & Saturday nights. No cover charge, donations appreciated,
3715 Hendersonville Rd., Fletcher, NC (828) 216-3492 www.feedandseednc.com

French Broad e'N'pire NTRAK Club Model Railroad - An operating "N" scale train layout, which is about 1/2 the size of HO scale. 503 7th Avenue across the railroad tracks from the Historic Hendersonville Train Depot. (828) 685-2726

Historic Johnson Farm - special events and programs, walking trails, Barn Loft Museum; guided tours are offered, call for hours & tour times, 3346 Haywood Rd, Hendersonville, NC (828) 891-6585 www.historicjohnsonfarm.or

Model Railroad at the Historic Depot - offers a replicated HO scale railroad of Hendersonville and surrounding area. The Depot includes artifacts, a Southern Railway caboose and children can operate a Thomas the Tank train. Free admission, donations appreciated. Open , Wednesdays 1pm-3pm & Saturdays 10am-2pm. Located on Maple Street off of 7th Avenue East, Hendersonville, NC (828) 890-8246 www.avmrc.com

Mountain Play Lodge - An indoor play and party center, offering large inflatables, soft play and playhouses complete with toys and costumes. For children up to the age of 12. 3389 Sweeten Creek Rd, Arden, NC (828) 676-2120 www.mountainplaylodge.com

North River Farms Tours, guided tours of a real working farm, activities include a picnic by the river, fishing, you pick produce, guided tube floats, tent camping, corn maze and guided horseback rides, tours offered May -October by appointment, 3333 North Mills River Rd., Mills River, (828) 890-5316 www.northriverfarms.co/support-local-agriculture

The Old Homeplace- live entertainment and dancing in a family atmosphere with no alcohol or smoking, Fridays & Saturdays: Country Music 7:00pm-10:30pm; 4060 North Mills River Rd, Mills River, NC 828-891-7704 www.facebook.com/theoldhomeplacemillsriver

Western North Carolina Agricultural Center - Equestrian shows, tractor pulls, antique car shows, dog shows, ten day Mountain State Fair held each September. Various events through the year. Fletcher, NC (828) 687-1414 www.wncagcenter.org

YMCA - Organized activities, day camp, indoor pool, tennis, basketball, gym, fitness studio, weight room, youth center. Hwy. 64 W., Hendersonville, NC (828) 692-5774 www.ymcawnc.org/centers/hendersonville

Blue Ridge Corn Maze - Six acres of cornfusion. Open August-October (weather permitting) call for hours of operation. 570 Everett Rd., Brevard, NC (828) 226-0508 www.blueridgecornmaze.com

Asheville's Fun Depot - Offers a state-of-the-art arcade gallery, 18 hole indoor mini-golf, outdoor go-kart track, multi-level laser tag, soft play area, climbing wall and batting cages. 7 Roberts Rd., Asheville, NC (828) 277-2FUN or 866-303-4FUN www.ashevillesfundepot.com

Biltmore Estate - Largest privately owned home in the United States. Grounds open daily for touring the house & winery. Also located on the property are walking trails, shopping, horse back riding, & restaurants, Asheville, NC 800-649-3831 www.biltmore.com

Blue Ridge Parkway - Scenic byway with hiking, picnicking, scenic overlooks, historic areas, www.blueridgeparkway.org

North Carolina Arboretum - nature trails, gardens, and programs throughout the year; located off Hwy. 191 (adjoins Blue Ridge Parkway Asheville, NC (828) 665-2492 www.ncarboretum.org

Western North Carolina Nature Center - 42 Acres of wildlife and native animals and Interpretive Programs, Asheville, NC (828) 298-5600 www.wncnaturecenter.org

Zebulon B. Vance Birthplace - Appalachian Mountain Home of North Carolina's Civil War Governor (1862-1865) and United States Senator located in Weaverville, NC (828) 645-6706 www.nchistoricsites.org/Vance


Other Regional Activities
Craggy Gardens - Craggy Gardens Visitor Center is located at mile marker 364.4 on the Blue Ridge Parkway offering information, exhibits, publications, and self-guided trails. June and July are usually prime times to view the rhododendron. (828) 298-0398 www.blueridgeparkway.org

Cherokee Indian Reservation - Oconaluftee Indian Village, an authentic replica of an 18th century Cherokee community. The Museum of the Cherokee Indian, "Unto These Hills" Outdoor Drama of the Cherokee Indians, Cherokee, NC 800-438-1601 www.visitcherokeenc.com

Great Smoky Mountain Railroad - Bryson City, NC Mountain rail excursions year 'round Steam & diesel engines. 800-872-4681 www.gsmr.com

Mount Mitchell State Park - Highest peak in Eastern U.S.A. Observation tower, tent camping, trails, nature study, picnic area, natural history museum, restaurant. May-Oct. Mile marker 355.4 on the Blue Ridge Parkway (828) 657-4611 or (828) 298-0398

Great Smoky Mountains National Park - 800 square miles of natural beauty, nature trails, hiking, picnicking, waterfalls, wildlife, flora & fauna, and all manner of outdoor activities. (865) 436-1200 www.nps.gov/grsm


Snow Tubing / Skiing
Moonshine Mountain Snow Tubing - Open on weekends from mid-December - early-March (weather permitting). Call for conditions and updates. Willow Road, Hendersonville, NC (828) 696-0333 or 800-849-7553. www.moonshinemountain.com

Zip 'n Slip - features snow tubing runs and a 800 foot zip line, a solarium with fireplaces 725 US Hwy. 23 N., Mars Hill, NC (828) 689-8444 zipnslip.com

Snow Skiing - Two slopes are within an hour's drive of Hendersonville. Check availability and snow conditions in advance. General information 800-438-7500 www.skicentral.com, www.onthesnow.com or www.goskinc.com


Theme Parks
Ghost Town in the Sky
-family theme park that offers an authentic western town and wild west with shows; open spring thru late fall, 16 Fie Top Rd., Maggie Valley, NC (828) 926-1130 www.ghostowninthesky.com Opening in 2016

Tweetsie Railroad - a wild west theme park featuring a three-mile ride on a historic steam railroad, live entertainment, rides, and a petting zoo, open spring thru late fall, Blowing Rock, NC 800-526-5740 www.tweetsie.com


Zip Lines
Asheville Treetops Adventure Park - 60 unique climbing, zipping, walking, jumping, swinging, and rappelling challenges; minutes from downtown Asheville, 1 Resort Dr., Asheville, NC (828) 225-2921 www.ashevilletreetopsadventurepark.com

Canopy Ridge Farm - offers zip-line tours, tubing and kayaking, located in Lake Lure, minutes from Chimney Rock State Park, call reservations, 7115 US Hwy 64/74A, Lake Lure, NC (828) 625-4500 www.canopyridgefarm.com

Navitat Canopy Adventures - features 10 zip lines, 2 sky bridges, 2 rappelling experiences, and 3 short hikes, 242 Poverty Branch Rd., Barnardsville NC (828) 626-3700 www.navitat.com

The Gorge - is perched on the rim of the Green River Gorge, the steepest & fastest canopy tour in the USA, 11 ziplines and a sky bridge with breathtaking 90-mile panoramic view, 166 Honey Bee Dr., Saluda, NC (855) 749-2500 www.thegorgezipline.com

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