When you stay at The Henderson, you’ll want to explore our breathtakingly beautiful landscape. The rolling hills and sprawling meadows around Hendersonville beckon you to embark on an adventure. One of the best ways to see this area is to visit the Holmes Educational State Forest! This expanse of land is open to the public for hiking, leisurely walks, picnics, and even educational opportunities. Here are a few things you should know about the forest before arriving in Hendersonville!
Thinking about visiting Western North Carolina with your family or friends? Be sure to take advantage of our complimentary Hendersonville Vacation Guide! Planning a trip can be challenging, but we’re here to help. This free resource includes information about adventure hotspots like the Holmes Educational State Forest, local restaurants, and much more!
Everything You Need to Know About the Holmes Educational State Forest
About the Holmes Educational State Forest
Many people know about the Dupont State Forest, but did you know that the lesser-known Holmes Educational State Forest is even larger than its next-door neighbor? Located less than seven miles north of the Dupont State Forest, this NC state educational forest contains acres upon acres of rugged terrain. Here, visitors will enjoy plenty of scenic vistas, rock outcroppings, and patches of stunning wildflowers. There are also plenty of Holmes State Forest trails to explore. It’s a destination adults and children alike will remember for years to come!
An Educational Experience for the Kids
Traveling to the Holmes Educational State Forest is especially rewarding for children! There are numerous opportunities for kids to develop their confidence, make new friends, and learn all about the ecosystems that populate the Blue Ridge Mountains. The state park offers a variety of free programs and tours to choose from, including the following topics:
- Detecting the age of trees
- How forests influence wildlife
- How important North Carolina’s forests are important resources.
All classes are held by knowledgeable park rangers and last for approximately 30 minutes. There’s no better way to engage your child with his or her surroundings!
What to Know Before You Visit
The best part about visiting the Holmes Educational State Forest is that there are no fees associated with enjoying the area’s beautiful expanse. The forest is open to the public between mid-March and the Friday before Thanksgiving each year. During that season, the forest’s hours are Tuesdays through Fridays between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and on weekends between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
After a full day of hiking and learning at the Holmes Educational State Forest, come back to the comfort of a guest suite at The Henderson, downtown Hendersonville’s best bed and breakfast! Our historic inn offers premium amenities and a unique lodging experience you won’t find at a hotel. We are an excellent destination for traveling families and are within walking distance of the area’s best shopping, dining, and experiencing! Plus, all guests are encouraged to savor delicious appetizers and drink at Harvey’s, our on-site lounge!