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The North Carolina Arboretum is a member of the University of North Carolina System and spans 434 acres. The Arboretum offers gardens, horticultural exhibits, education center, hiking, biking, and nature trails are a few of the attractions available to the public. Located 15 miles north of Hendersonville. 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC (828) 665-2492. www.ncarboretum.org

Biltmore House is the largest privately owned home in America situated on 8,000 acres. It was built by George Vanderbilt and was completed in 1895. Vanderbilt's 250-room mansion is modeled after a French château. TheEstate encompasses the house, landscaped gardens, walking trails, woodlands, restaurants, shops, inn, and an award-winning winery. Located 15 miles north of miles north of Hendersonville. 1 Lodge Street, Asheville, NC 800- 543-2961 www.biltmore.com Biltmore Estate





Blue Ridge Parkway follows the mountain ridges from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina and Tennessee. The Parkway's 469 toll-free miles combines natural beauty, mountain forests, wildlife, wildflowers and magnificent views. . Located 15 miles north of y Hendersonville. 1-800-228-7275 or (828) 298-0398 www.blueridgeparkway.org

Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center features an award-winning film - The Blue Ridge Parkway—America's Favorite Journey, exhibits highlight nature and the cultural heritage of the area, information services, and a gift shop. Located at Parkway milepost 384, about a mile south of the US 70 intersection (or one mile north of the US 74-A intersection).195 Hemphill Knob Rd, Asheville, NC (828) 298-5330 www.blueridgeheritage.com

Folk Art Center showcases the finest in traditional and contemporary crafts of the Southern Appalachians.  The Folk Art Center is open daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Located on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost #382, Asheville, NC (828) 298-7928 www.southernhighlandguild.org


Cherokee Indian Reservation in Cherokee, North Carolina, where Cherokee Indians have lived for centuries, is located on the border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The 56,000 acre Reservation is still linked to ancient customs, culture, history, and traditions. Witnessthe history of the Cherokee at the outdoor drama, "Unto These Hills," the Museum of the Cherokee Indian and the Oconaluftee Indian Village. 800-438-1601 visitcherokeenc.com

Harrah's Cherokee Casino is owned by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and operated by Caesars Entertainment Corporation. Harrah's Cherokee Casino is the only casino in the state of North Carolina. The Casino features non-stop casino action including: traditional games in video format, live table games like Blackjack, Roulette & Craps, live entertainment and restaurants. (828) 497-7777.  777 Casino Drive, Cherokee, NC  www.caesars.com/harrahs-cherokee/casino

Chimney Rock Park is a natural attraction covering 1000 acres. On a clear day the view spans as far as Kings Mountain, seventy-five miles to the east. The Park offers 5 unique hiking trails suitable for all ages and abilities. The Hickory Nut Falls trail features a 404-foot waterfall, which is one of the highest in the East. Chimney Rock Park hosts special events throughout the year. Located 14 miles east of Hendersonville. (800) 277-9611. www.chimneyrockpark.com
  Granfather Mountain is one of the most environmentally significant mountains in the world. Grandfather Mountain features wildlife environmental habitats, interpretive nature museum, hiking trails and picnic areas. For over 100 years Grandfather Mountain has been a wildlife sanctuary and nature preserve, with an elevation 5,964 feet. Open all year. 800-468-7325. www.grandfather.com
  Great Smoky Mountain National Park covers seven counties in North Carolina, with the northern fringe of the Smokies in Tennessee. The 520,000-acre park is one of the largest wilderness areas in the Eastern United States, covering more than 88 square miles. The park contains some of the highest peaks in the East, with elevations in excess of 6,000 feet. Activities include hiking, horseback riding, campgrounds, nature trails, trout fishing and several visitor centers. (865) 436-1200. www.nps.gov/grsm

Lake Lure’s 27 miles of shoreline was selected by National Geographic as one of the Ten Most Spectacular man-made lakes in the World. The lake offers a marina, boat tours and a sandy beach. Located 14 miles east of Hendersonville. 828-625-9983 www.townoflakelure.com


Pisgah National Forest's 501,691 acres stretches across the eastern edge of Western North Carolina's mountains. The Forest offers hiking trails, fishing, camping, picnic sites, and spectacular waterfalls. The 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. www.cs.unca.edu/nfsnc

North Mills River Recreational Area is located just 13 miles from Hendersonville and offers picnic sites, campsites, river fishing & tubing. 828-877-3265 www.recreation.gov

Cradle of Forestry is a 6,500 acre Historic Site within the Pisgah National Forest, set aside by Congress to commemorate the beginning of forestry conservation in the United States. Outdoor activities include two guided trails which lead back in time to seven historical buildings, a 1915 Climax locomotive and the old sawmill. (828) 877-3130 or (828) 877-3265. www.cradleofforestry.com

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


Polk County's (Saluda, Tryon and Columbus) quiet back roads offer a unique glimpse of life - scenic overlooks, crafts and antique shopping, nature adventures, equestrian events and pure relaxation. 800-440-7848. www.nc-mountains.org

Pearson's Falls is located on Pearson's Falls Rd., off Pacolet River Scenic Byway, Highway 176. Easy well maintained hiking trails, picnic areas, bird watching, wildflowers, a rushing river and a 90 ft. waterfall. Closed Mondays year round. Admission fee. (828) 749-3031. www.pearsonsfalls.org

Foothills Equestrian Nature Center offers hiking and horseback riding trails, bird walks, nature center, pond with boardwalk and picnic area. 320 acre nature preserve. Equestrian events, concerts and more throughout the year. Free and open to the public. (828) 859-9021. www.fence.org

Tryon International Equestrian Center - is a 1,400-acre destination equestrian lifestyle destination, hosting international-level equestrian competitions across numerous classes. Located 30 miles from Hendersonville. 4066 Pea Ridge Rd, Mill Spring, NC (828) 863-1000 tryon.coth.com

  Thomas Wolfe Memorial is the childhood home of author, Thomas Wolfe. Wolfe immortalized his childhood home in his epic autobiographical novel, Look Homeward, Angel. Wolfe's colorful portrayal of his family, his hometown of Asheville, NC, and the Old Kentucky Home boarding house. Located 25 miles north of Hendersonville, 52 North Market St., Asheville, NC (828) 253-8304. www.wolfememorial.com

Zebulon Baird Vance Birthplace is a State Historic Site. Vance's political career as a Civil War officer, governor of North Carolina, and U.S. senator is explored at the homestead. The furnishings and household items on display are representative of the period from 1790 to 1840. 911 Reems Creek Rd, Weaverville, NC (828) 645-6706. www.nchistoricsites.org/vance

Western North Carolina Agricultural Center offers several exhibit halls featuring equestrian shows, dog shows, rodeos, car shows, just to name a few. The Ag Center is home to the Mountain State Fair, a ten day celebration of mountain living featuring exhibits, animals, a midway and food. Located 11 miles from downtown Hendersonville. (828) 687-1414. 1301 Fanning Bridge Rd., Fletcher, NC www.wncagcenter.org

Western North Carolina Nature Center is comprised of 42 acres of plants and animals native to the southern Appalachian region. Open year round with indoor and outdoor exhibits. Located 21 miles from Hendersonville. (828) 298-5600. 75 Gashes Creek Road, Asheville, NC www.wildwnc.org

  Brevard Music Center’s provides intensive study for high school, college, and pre-professional musicians, ages 14 and older, and offers a full range of concerts and operas with renowned artists. Located 18 miles west of Hendersonville. 349 Andante Lane, Brevard, NC 1-888-384-8682 or (828) 862-2105. www.brevardmusic.org

Appalachian National Scenic Trail is a public footpath across 2,155 miles of Appalachian Mountain ridges extending from Maine to Georgia.  (304) 535-6331 www.nps.gov/appa

  Mount Mitchell State Park is the highest point East of the Mississippi at 6,684 feet offering breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Northeast of Asheville off Blue Ridge Parkway on NC 128. (828) 675-4611 www.ncparks.gov

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