Hendersonville, NC

Located just 30 minutes south of Asheville, Hendersonville, North Carolina offers many area attractions and several outstanding festivals to attend, but most folks visit simply to slow down and appreciate the beauty of a quaint mountain town. Discover the delights of small-town living on Main Street where locally owned shops, art galleries, antique stores, and tasty treat shops hold long-standing popularity with residents and tourists alike.


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Historic Downtown Hendersonville

Part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Main Street Program, the downtown district has recently undergone a revitalization, evident in the many flower boxes, bear statues, and storefront makeovers for old standbys like the Mast General Store. Hop on the Historic Hendersonville Trolley Tour to learn about the town's history and see the sights. Also worth exploration is the Kanuga Cottage District, a quaint neighborhood community of unique artists and boutique shops located just south of downtown.

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Festivals

Garden Jubilee Festival
If you're visiting the area over Memorial Day weekend, you're in luck: Hendersonville blocks off the streets downtown for an amazing family festival! The Garden Jubilee Festival takes place each Memorial Day Weekend, offering over 200 vendors and nurseries selling handmade arts and crafts, vegetable garden starts, herbs, and items to enhance your outdoor living area. 
 

Labor Day Apple Festival
On Labor Day Weekend, the Annual North Carolina Apple Festival celebrates all-things-apple with live musical entertainment, arts and crafts, special exhibits, and, of course, food. Don't miss the festival's highlight - the King Apple Parade!
 

Music on Main Street
Summertime welcomes the Music on Main Street series to downtown Hendersonville. Every Friday night at from mid-June through mid-August, you'll hear live music coming from central downtown. Jazz, Blues, Country, Bluegrass, Folk, and Funk can be heard drifting along the quaint neighborhood streets.

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Flat Rock

Travel three miles south of Hendersonville and you'll find Flat Rock, a classic little mountain village with a 200 year history that dates back to a Cherokee tribal settlement. Known now for the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site Connemara and the Flat Rock Playhouse, its a delightful spot to spend a day filled with creative discoveries.

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The Carl Sandburg Home

Designated as a National Historic Site in 1968, Carl Sandburg's home and the Connemara goat farm offers tours that provide a glimpse into the lives of the Sandburg family. There's also five miles of trails, including a hike to the top of Glassy Mountain, and in May, a folk music festival. Next door to the Carl Sandburg Home is the Flat Rock Playhouse, where they have a 70-year history of hosting Broadway musicals and theatre shows.

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Apple Picking

Hendersonville stays busy during the fall foliage season with leaf peepers and apple pickers! Henderson County is the largest apple-producing county in North Carolina, growing over half of the bountiful harvest. Baskets full of red delicious and green granny smiths await at about a dozen local orchards, many of which offer tours and allow you to pick your own.  Below, we've highlighted a few of the many fantastic orchards located in Hendersonville.


Stepp's Hillcrest Orchard

As a 4th Generation Farm, Stepp's is a well seasoned orchard that has been inviting guests to pick their own apples for 45 years.  Situated in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in Hendersonville, NC, Stepp's Hillcrest Orchard is a must visit farm during apple season.


Justus Orchard

Now in its 5th Generation, Justus Orchard offers delicious North Carolina apples, blackberries, pumpkins, and preserves to their guests.  Experience the fun of picking your own bounty at this amazing, sprawling orchard in Hendersonville, NC.

 

Grandad's Apples

Enjoy some amazing family-friendly fun at Grandad's Apples - a 70 acre, family owned and operated farm located in Hendersonville, NC.  Not limited to apples, Grandad's also grows peaches, pumpkins, a corn maze, and more!  You'll become positively smitten with Hendersonville after visiting this fantastic area attraction. 

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Outdoor Adventures

Jump Off Rock 

The mountains surrounding Hendersonville, North Carolina hold many treasures for adventurous travelers. Jump Off Rock, located five miles from downtown at the end of Laurel Park Highway, brings local legend and intrigue to life. The story goes that a young Cherokee Indian maiden jumped to her death upon learning that her chief had died in battle - and her ghost still haunts the rock at night!  Whether you believe the folk story or not, the views from the top are incredible.

 

Chimney Rock State Park and DuPont State Forest

A gorgeous half-hour drive on Highway 64 West out of Hendersonville brings you to Chimney Rock State Park and the neighboring Lake Lure. Heading the other way, a short drive south takes you to DuPont State Forest, now famous for its role in the filming of The Hunger Games. DuPont is ideal for outdoor recreation during all seasons, especially summer swimming below the waterfalls. 


Wolverine Paintball Park

Wolverine Paintball Park, located in Hendersonville, is a treasured area resource.  Experience for yourself the fast paced fun of Paintball in a gorgeous setting with a highly trained and professional staff on site to ensure your safety!  Considered an excellent team-building activity, Paintball is a great way to enjoy the company of friends, loved ones, or colleagues all the while building trust and lasting relationships.  Plus, it's just simply a great time!  

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Where to Stay

Renting a vacation home in Hendersonville, NC is a fantastic start to a memorable vacation in the mountains! With convenient access to everything that Western North Carolina has to offer, a cabin in Hendersonville turns into the ultimate home-base from which to base your adventures. To begin the process of planning your ultimate mountain excursion, contact one of our dedicated and professional Vacation Planners. They'll work with you to tailor a vacation that fits all of your needs. To learn more about renting your first cabin in Hendersonville, contact Carolina Mornings at (844) 412-6881. Be sure to ask about our Mountain Discovery Pass, included with every Carolina Mornings Rental!

 

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