Hendersonville is a retreat from the heat for many people from the lowlands. Sometimes called “Little Charleston,” you may see some grand homes reminiscent of that area. While you’re visiting, take in a show at NC’s official state theatre, catch a concert on Main Street, or take part in some hands-on activities for the whole family.
Plan your visit
Historic Downtown Hendersonville
145 5th Avenue East
Hendersonville, NC 287739
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Henderson County Travel and Tourism
201 South Main Street
Hendersonville, NC 28792
Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce
330 North King Street
Hendersonville, NC 2879
Asheville Visitors Bureau
P.O. Box 1010
Asheville, NC 28802-1010
North Carolina Travel and Tourism
For more information on where to go, what to do, and where to stay in the Old North State, visit North Carolina Travel and Tourism online at visitnc.com. Or call 1-800-VISIT NC for a free trip planning guide. For a vacation you'll always remember, come to a state you'll never forget.
things to do
Flat Rock Playhouse
This theatre company is considered to be one of the 10 best summer stock theatres in the country. It has been performing comedy, American classics, musicals, farces, and whodunnits for more than 50 years. The Flat Rock Playhouse is also the State Theatre of North Carolina.
Hands On! A Child's Gallery
Located on Main Street, Hands On! provides children and families with “hands on” educational experiences that stimulate the imagination and motivate learning in a fun, safe environment. Hands On! offers an affordable, educational and fun way to spend the day with your children, grandchildren, and students ages 1 to 10. This is a safe gathering place where kids can be kids while learning is nurtured.
Henderson County Heritage Museum
Located in the Historic Henderson County Courthouse, the museum will take you on a journey to visit with the people, learn of their contributions, and reflect on milestone events that helped shape their lives and Henderson County, North Carolina.
Mineral and Lapidary Museum
The museum was created as a place where children can learn about earth sciences. You will find exhibits and resources to learn about the minerals in the area.
Carl Sandburg Home
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 240-acre farm offers hiking trails, a working goat farm, a guided tour through the house, and presentations of Carl Sandburg's works (performed by the apprentices from the Flat Rock Playhouse). The house was originally constructed by Christopher Gustavus Memminger in 1838 to escape the lowland heat of South Carolina. He later became the first secretary of the treasury for the Confederacy.
DuPont State Forest
DuPont State Recreational Forest contains 10,400 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. Elevations range from 2,240 feet at Cascade Lake to 3,620 feet at the peak of Stone Mountain. Little River runs through the forest, with four major waterfalls along its course. The forest also contains five lakes. The largest is 99-acre Lake Julia. There are over 80 miles of roads and trails that are shared by hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. While not the Official DuPont State Forest website, you'll find lots of useful information by clicking here.
Biltmore House and Gardens
The largest private home in America. Built by George Vanderbilt in 1895, the estate encompasses 8,000 acres and has some 250 rooms. Also on the estate grounds are the Biltmore Gardens and the Biltmore Winery and vineyards. Several events are hosted by Biltmore House over the course of the year—the two most prominent are the Festival of Flowers in April and Christmas at the Biltmore from mid November until the first weekend in January.
The Blue Ridge Parkway
The Parkway is known as "America's Favorite Scenic Drive" and the North Carolina section has been deemed an All-American Road. This 469-mile ribbon of highway is one of the most visited of our National Parks. Its scenery is unsurpassed, and the roadside parks along the way make interesting stops to picnic, hike, or camp.
Chimney Rock Park
Chimney Rock Park encompasses 1,000 acres including the Rock itself, Hickory Nut Falls, and a nature center. The nature park offers several hiking trails and beautiful views. A 26-story elevator carries visitors through solid rock to the Sky Lounge. Hickory Nut Falls can be hiked easily and are some of the highest falls in eastern America (404 feet—twice the fall of Niagara).