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The North Carolina Arboretum is a member of the University of North Carolina System and spans 434 acres. There is much to discover when you explore the Arboretum's many trails and state-of-the-art greenhouse. The Arboretum offers a Native Azalea Repository, public display gardens, unique 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.


Biltmore House today 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 commissioned Richard Morris Hunt to create the 250-room mansion modeled after a French château. Today the Estate encompasses the house, landscaped gardens, walking trails, woodlands, restaurants, shops, inn, and an award-winning winery. Located 22 miles north of Hendersonville. 1 Lodge Street, Asheville, NC 800- 543-2961


The 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. There are numerous overlooks and parking areas to view some of America's finest scenic vistas. Located 15 miles north of Hendersonville. 1-800-228-7275 or (828) 298-0398.

The Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center features an award-winning film - The Blue Ridge Parkway—America's Favorite Journey, exhibits which highlight nature and the cultural heritage of the area, information services, and a gift shop. The "I-Wall," exhibit is a 22-foot interactive map of the Blue Ridge Parkway which provides multi-media information on places to visit on and near the Parkway. 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.

The Folk Art Center showcases the finest in traditional and contemporary crafts of the Southern Appalachians. The Folk Art center is home of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, representing 900 Guild members' crafts from Southern Appalachia, it offers changing exhibits and demonstrations.  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


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. Witness the 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.

Harrah's Cherokee Casino is located on the Qualla Boundary in Cherokee, North Carolina. The 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 28719


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. You can take the elevator 26 stories inside the mountain to reach the top of the Chimney and the trails. Chimney Rock State Park hosts special events throughout the year, demonstrations, and guided nature walks. Located 14 miles east of Hendersonville. (800) 277-9611.


Grandfather Mountain is one of the most environmentally significant mountains in the world. Crossing the famous swinging footbridge suspends you more than a mile above sea level. 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 of 5,964 feet. Open all year. 800-468-7325.


The Great Smoky Mountains 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 trails for hiking and horseback riding, back country campsites, developed campgrounds, self-guided nature trails, self-guided auto tours, trout fishing and several visitor centers. (865) 436-1200.


Lake Lure’s 27 miles of shoreline is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Lake Lure 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 or visit the Town of Lake Lure's web site


The 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. Some of Pisgah National Forest's 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.

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

The 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. The Forest Discovery Center commemorates conservation history with an 18 minute movie on Vanderbilt, Pinchot, Schenck and the beginning of forestry in America. 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.

The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, located in Pisgah National Forest, is dedicated to exploring the wonders of North Carolina's wildlife. 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. (Outdoor exhibits close at 4:30 p.m.). (828) 877-4423.


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.

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. Summer schedule Mon. - Sat. 10am-5:15pm, Sun 12pm-5:15pm (Mar. - Oct.). Winter schedule (Nov. - Feb. 28) Mon - Sat 10am-4:15pm, Admission fee. (828) 749-3031.

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.

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

  The Thomas Wolfe Memorial is the childhood home of author, Thomas Wolfe. Thomas Wolfe immortalized his childhood home in his epic autobiographical novel, Look Homeward, Angel. Wolfe's colorful portrayal of his family, his hometown of Asheville, North Carolina, and the Old Kentucky Home boarding house earned the historic Victorian home a place as one of American Literature's most famous landmarks. Located 25 miles north of Hendersonville, 52 North Market St., Asheville, NC. (828) 253-8304.

The birthplace of Zebulon Baird Vance is located in Weaverville, NC. Vance's political career as a Civil War officer, governor of North Carolina, and U.S. senator is explored at the homestead. Zeb Vance served in public office for thirty years, in the North Carolina House of Commons and the United States House of Representatives and was elected the governor three times. The furnishings and household items on display are representative of the period from 1790 to 1840 and include a few pieces original to the home. The five-room log house also includes the history of Vance's famous mountain family.  (828) 645-6706.


Western North Carolina Agricultural Center is state owned and operated and has become a national model for a well-designed, multi-purpose agricultural facility. The Ag Center offers several exhibit halls for trade shows, conventions, corporate meetings, public expos and large-scale entertainment events. Most weekends the Ag Center offers 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


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

  Brevard Music Center’s premier summer music festival and comprehensive music center has set the highest standards in performance and education for six decades. Brevard Music Center 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.

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is a public footpath across 2,155 miles of Appalachian Mountain ridges extending from Maine to Georgia.   The Trail is protected along more than 97 percent of its course by federal or state ownership of the land or by right-of-way.   The National Park Service has overall responsibility for the Trail through its Appalachian Trail Park Office. (304) 535-6331


Mount Mitchell State Park is the highest point East of the Mississippi at 6,684 feet offering breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Park offers an exhibit hall, restaurant, hiking & bridle trails, observation tower, picnic area, primitive camping, visitor center. Northeast of Asheville off Blue Ridge Parkway on NC 128. (828) 675-4611.

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