Serving as the county seat of North Carolina’s Henderson County, Hendersonville is nicknamed “The City of Four Seasons.” It is a humble city with a small town charm that managed to preserve its historic Main Street and neighborhoods. Several structures in Hendersonville such as the Smith-Williams-Durham Boarding House, Aloah Hotel, and Clough H. Rice House are officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Visitors with a penchant for wine or beer may be pleased to learn that Hendersonville is home to a number of wineries and breweries. A few notable places include the Burntshirt Vineyards, Saint Paul Mountain Vineyard, and Flat Rock Cider Works Taproom.
During Labor Day weekend, the city hosts its annual North Carolina Apple Festival. The hefty street festival includes a parade, live entertainment, carnival rides, and lots of local, freshly picked apples. In fact, apple picking is a popular pastime that can be done at the Justus Orchard, Stepp's Hillcrest Orchard, or Grandad's Apples, which is a family-owned and operated farm.
Another prominent attraction at Hendersonville is the Elijah Mountain Gem Mine. From quartz crystals and opal to sapphires and emeralds, the gemstones that are mined can be taken home. There is also a gem cutting service on the premises where precious stones can be turned into jewelry. As for educational centers, the Mineral and Lapidary Museum, Henderson County Heritage Museum, and Team ECCO Ocean Center and Aquarium offer children and families hours of fun.
About an hour’s drive southwest from Hendersonville is the vast DuPont State Recreational Forest. DuPont Forest features lakes, dozens of spectacular waterfalls, and hiking trails ranging from short and easy to extensive and challenging. Many of the paths lead to the different waterfalls. Accordingly, mountain biking and horse riding are common pastimes at DuPont Forest as well.
On the other hand, around an hour’s worth of driving in a northeastern direction from Hendersonville leads to the Pisgah National Forest. Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, Pisgah national Forest spans over 500,000 acres and boasts numerous rivers, cascading waterfalls, and trails. Visitors to the forest often spend time hiking, fishing, camping, water sports, or rock climbing. With plenty of designated picnic areas and scenic driving routes, even those who aren’t into outdoor activities can still enjoy the beautiful forest.
With its rustic ambiance and breathtaking views of nature, Hendersonville is home to gorgeous and comfortable properties. From impressive mountain lodges and quiet cottages to Main Street lofts and cozy bungalows, there is a wonderful home away from home that will fit almost any budget.
Bus service is operated by the Apple Country Public Transit. There are three bus routes running from the morning to evening on weekdays that provide transportation in and around Hendersonville, as well as to Laurel Park and the Town of Fletcher. Otherwise, with the city’s robust highway system, driving a car would be a convenient mode of transportation as well.
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