With over 100 miles of trails DuPont State Recreational Forest is a prime destinations for nature lovers, hikers and mountain bikers alike. The park has wonderful forests and some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Western North Carolina. It is no surprise that the park served as setting of the movie The Last of the Mohicans and more recently of the 2012 movie The Hunger Games.
Started by eight farmers in 1924, The Curb Market in Hendersonville offers local products, which are required by the market rules to come from within Henderson County in order to be sold at the market. This unique aspect gives shoppers, who are looking for truly local products, some unique appeal.
Passionately restored, the McClintock Chime Clock in Hendersonville gives wonderful testimony of the early 1920s, when it was installed on the State Trust building as a form of advertisement to promote the bank.
The Mineral & Lapidary Museum offers a wonderful collection of minerals, rocks and gemstones, many found in Henderson County or in North Carolina. Also on display are fluorescent rocks, which shine spectacularly under black light. As one of the highlights of the museum you can have your very personal geode cracked open. As every geode is different, it is always a great surprise and a lot fun for the entire family which crystals you will find in your own geode.
With the arrival of the railroad in 1879, trade and tourism brought prosperity to Henderson County. Built in 1905 by architect Richard Sharp Smith, who had been the resident architect of the Biltmore Estate, the Henderson County Courthouse is also part of the National register of Historic Places. Today, the Henderson County Heritage Museum is located in the courthouse.
You feel like you are on a journey to yesterday. The Henderson County Heritage Museum located inside the Henderson County Courthouse takes you on a journey through 150 years of history covering the American Civil War and the advent of the railroad in 1879, which started Henderson County’s “golden age”.
Although smaller in size, the Western North Carolina Air Museum ranks high, when it comes to reliving the “Golden Age of Aviation” with a collection of unique airplanes dating back to WWII and earlier. There are no ropes preventing visitors from getting up close to these planes, peaking inside or even having the opportunity to sit in a cockpit.
This region has a fascinating aviation history. To pay tribute to this history, the museum aims at preserving this heritage and sharing it with its guests.
Model train enthusiasts of all ages can spend hours here and admire the wonderful work of the Apple Valley Model Railroad Club. Located in the beautifully restored historic Hendersonville Train Depot, the club’s passionate members have built an H0-model railroad of enormous proportions. Covering an area of 22 feet wide and 100 feet long, the model railroad has been placed in a Western North Carolina setting.
The desire to bring marine life awareness to the Western North Carolina mountains, Team ECCO Ocean Center & Aquarium has developed into this wonderful and educational little aquarium right in the heart of Hendersonville. With over 75 species of marine and fresh water animals, a touch tank and live feedings, visitors have the opportunity to interact with the animals.
The Flat Rock Playhouse in Hendersonville is ideally located in the center of town in walking distance to several restaurants. This smaller 250-seat theater offers visitors the opportunity to be closer to the stage. All seats have a nice view due to the theater’s seating configuration.
Each theater offers different plays.
The Flat Rock Playhouse in Flat Rock is called Mainstage. It is roughly twice the size of its smaller sibling in Hendersonville. The Playhouse offers a selection of professional plays and concerts throughout the year.
“A poet of the people”, writer, editor, three-times Pulitzer Prize winner, Carl Sandburg and his wife Lilian lived in this house from 1945 to 1969 along with their three daughters. During this time Carl Sandburg published more than a third of his works and won the second Poetry Pulitzer Prize. The 264-acre park offers many trails, where you can enjoy the wonderful landscape with its picturesque views.
Designated a North Carolina Culture Treasure, the Historic Johnson Farm was once a tobacco farm in the 19th century before it was used as a summer boarding house in the first half of the 20th century. The Historic Johnson Farm is a wonderful destination to experience 19th century farmhouse living. Guided and self-guided tours are available.
Why not spend an afternoon at a brewery? Sierra Nevada Brewery & Taproom, located near the Asheville Regional Airport, offers not just interesting tours of their brewery, but also a large selection of around 23 beers on tap to pair with tasty farm-to-table dishes in their Taproom.
On Sundays, during the summer months, they also host outdoor live music events in their Amphitheater.