Area Info / Hendersonville, North Carolina

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Hendersonville, North Carolina

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Cradled in the Blue Ridge mountains, Hendersonville is home to some of the most delightful views of the Southeast; vistas so stunning in fact that they inspired the likes of author Thomas Wolfe and poet Carl Sandberg. But Hendersonville isn't all beautiful views. As rich in history as it is in nature, Hendersonville is worthy of visiting again and again. Experience the allure of small-town America in Hendersonville's Historic Downtown. Find your heart's desire in the art and craft galleries and boutiques, sate your appetite at one of the many downtown restaurants, pick up something for the kids at the numerous toy stores, or just enjoy a pleasant evening stroll amidst the flowers and Southern architecture of downtown. Of course there's many incredible things to see and do outside downtown, let's take a look at what else this Southern gem has to offer.

Explore art and history in Hendersonville's museums

Hendersonville's WNC Air Museum has faithfully preserved an era of aviation that shaped us all, yet so many of us lost sight of. The Stearman N2S-4, the North American SNJ-5 Texan, The Piper J2 and J3 Cubs, and more have been enthusiastically restored to flying condition and if you arrive on the right day you might be able to hitch a ride in one of these amazing planes! Their passion for the flight of old is infectious, their museum not to be missed. After all, North Carolina is the birth place of flight.

The Arts Center, a non-profit arts organization, has played host to work by some of humankind's most influential artists, Pablo Picasso, Ansel Adams, Salvador Dali, & Norman Rockwell to name a few. In addition to bringing priceless beauty to Hendersonville, they offer classes, lectures, workshops, and educational programs.

Dedicated to the support and advancement of craft, creativity and design, the aptly named Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, a regional center of the University of North Carolina system, offers a variety of exciting activities to the public. Talks, workshops, exhibitions and a nature trail make the center an invaluable resource to the Hendersonville area.

Enjoy the breathtaking surroundings of Hendersonville

The Pisgah National Forest offers everything the outdoorsman of the family could hope for: camping, fishing, hiking, nature walks, or just a relaxing picnic in the forest's 501,691 acres of tranquility.

DuPont State Forest is the waterfall aficionado's dream come true, boasting 6 incredible cascades of water. Of course, that's not all it has to offer in its 10,000+ acres of forest. A remarkable diversity in terrain makes for some of the best hiking in North Carolina and the park is perfect for horseback riding, biking, fishing, and of course for picnics.

For a unique and educational outdoors experience, visit Holmes Educational State Forest. Hiking around the well-maintained trails in this Blue Ridge Mountain forest, you'll find educational displays and exhibits that can teach the whole family about the lush ecology of Western North Carolina. Have a whole bunch of youngsters eager to explore nature? Rangers are available for hands on education for groups of 10 or more! Call (828) 692-0100 for more information.