14 of the Best Attractions and Things to Do in Hendersonville, NC
There are so many things to do, events to see, and outdoor recreation in Hendersonville, NC, that there is sure to be something for everyone! Choose from all the great things to do in Historic Hendersonville, the Blueridge Mountains, and the surrounding Asheville area. We’d love to share our knowledge of the area with you, give recommendations, and we’ll even plan your visit so you can spend more time having fun.
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Whether you wish to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life or want to spend extra time with loved ones this year, you’ll find the perfect activities to help you relax in western North Carolina.
Top 14 Things to Do in Hendersonville, NC
Hendersonville is the hub of activity in Western North Carolina. We are close to so many great attractions. Whether you’re a thrill seeker looking for outdoor adventure, or you’re searching for an area rich with history, music, and art, our area has something great to offer. Browse our list of things to do in Hendersonville, NC and the surrounding area below. You’ll quickly see why Hendersonville is one of the best small towns in North Carolina!
When you’re ready, make your reservations and visit us to experience it all for yourself!
1. Enjoy Local Theater, Art, & Music
Flat Rock Playhouse
Plan on visiting the Flat Rock Playhouse during your next visit to Hendersonville, NC. Both the Downtown Hendersonville and Flat Rock venues have an exciting lineup of theatrical productions. We are within walking distance to the Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown and a short drive to the Main Stage. We will book your dinner reservation and have your tickets waiting for you when you book our Flat Rock Playhouse Stay and Play Package. Enjoy a cocktail in Harvey’s Lounge before bed, and wake up to a complimentary breakfast the next morning.
Art on Main Street
Autumn in the Western North Carolina Mountains brings thousands of visitors to the region to observe its amazing fall foliage. Artists come from far & wide to Historic Downtown Hendersonville to celebrate art and share their stories with the community during the annual Art on Main event.
Music on Main Street
The Music on Main Street concert series is a favorite summertime event for both locals and visitors. An outstanding live concert is held each Friday evening throughout the summer at the Visitors Information Center.
Main Street Dances
Every Monday Evening, mid-July through mid-August, Downtown Hendersonville’s Main Street comes alive with the sounds of fiddles and banjos playing mountain heritage music and people square dancing or clogging.
Other Arts, Music, and Culture Destinations Nearby
- Asheville Civic Center
- Asheville Symphony Orchestra
- Biltmore Village Shops & Galleries
- Brevard Music Center
- Diane Wortham Theatre – Pack Place – Asheville
- Flat Rock Playhouse
- Hendersonville Art Galleries
- Hendersonville Community Band
- Hendersonville Little Theater
- Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra-40+ years
- Southern Highland Craft Guild
- Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
- US Cellular Center – Asheville
2. Take a Western North Carolina Brewery Tour
Western North Carolina has become a craft beer mecca with Asheville at the center of this movement! Sierra Nevada Brewing (the 2nd largest craft brewer in the U.S.) opened its East Coast home in nearby Mills River and free tours of the facility operate daily. The Henderson is just a 20-minute drive away!
Read more about our favorite Hendersonville-area winery and brewery tours.
Breweries in Hendersonville
- Flatrock Ciderworks
- Sanctuary Brewing Company
- Southern Appalachian Brewery
Western North Carolina Breweries Near Hendersonville
- French Broad Brewing Co.
- Highland Brewing Company
- Oskar Blues Brewing
- Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
- New Belgium
3. Spend a Day at Hendersonville’s Wineries and Vineyards
We can’t forget about wine! Several wineries in the region offer beautiful locations to sample their wines, just a short drive from the Inn. They are the perfect activity for couples planning a romantic getaway in Hendersonville. Just ask and we’ll be happy to help you plan a self-guided or organized tour of these and many other tasty destinations.
- St. Paul Mountain Vineyards
- Burntshirt Vineyards
- Biltmore Estate Winery & Vineyards
- Rockhouse Vineyards
4. Enjoy a Classic Cocktail in Downtown Hendersonville
- Harvey’s Lounge
- Downtown Hendersonville Wine & Cocktail Bar
5. Relive the Past with Historic Sites and Tours
The sprawling 8,000-acre Biltmore Estate is a can’t miss attraction when visiting our area. Book our Biltmore Escape vacation package and we’ll plan your visit for you!
Carl Sandburg Home
During your visit make time to visit the Carl Sandburg Home in nearby Flat Rock. Explore the home and grounds of the famous poet and meet the descendants of Mrs. Sandburg’s herd of dairy goats. Admission to the grounds is free and there is a small admission charge to tour the house.
Thomas Wolfe Angel
Author Thomas Wolfe’s first novel was Look Homeward, Angel. In the book, there are constant references to an angel statue carved from Italian marble. This is the angel Wolfe placed in American literature. Thomas Wolfe’s father, W.O. Wolfe, sold the statue to the Johnson family to mark the family plot in Oakdale Cemetery, just a short distance from downtown.
Henderson County Heritage Museum
The Henderson County Heritage Museum presents visitors with an in-depth look into the life and times of the people who settled the area.
6. Explore the Outdoors with Hiking, Biking, & Scenic Drives
This is your year to get out and explore the great outdoors. Our area makes it easy with a wide variety of hiking and biking trails, scenic drives, picturesque views and more. Here are a few recommendations on the best hiking near Hendersonville, NC.
- Pisgah National Forest
- Nantahala National Forest
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park
- Blue Ridge Parkway
- DuPont State Forest
- Holmes Educational State Forest
- Chimney Rock State Park
- US Army Corps of Engineer W. Kerr Scott Reservoir
- Jump Off Rock in Laurel Park, NC
- The North Carolina Arboretum
- Oklawaha Greenway
- Jackson Park Nature Trail
- Historic Johnson Farm Trails
- Kellogg Center- Perry Rudnick Nature & Public Art Trail
7. Go on a Rafting or Ziplining Adventure
Challenge yourself with an exhilarating zipline or whitewater rafting adventure. Spend an afternoon on the river or in the forest and return to a comfortable bed and delicious breakfast! There are many opportunities for thrill-seekers just a short drive from the Inn.
- The Gorge Zipline Adventure
- Green River Adventures
- Raft & Zip Adventures
- Treetops Adventure Park
- Zipline Canopy Tours
8. Spend a Day on the Water Fly Fishing
- Hunter Banks Fly Fishing
- Hendersonville Fly Fishing
- Altamont Anglers Fly Fishing Guides
9. Shoot for Par with a Round of Golf
This area of Western North Carolina near Hendersonville & the Greater Asheville area has several public golf courses and golf resorts where visitors and the public can play a round of golf. Our favorite Hendersonville golf courses include:
- High Vista Golf Club
- Kenmure Country Club
- Broadmoor Golf Links
- Hendersonville Country Club
- Cummings Cove Golf and Country Club
10. Hit the Slopes in a Winter Wonderland
- Moonshine Mountain
- Blackbear Snowtubing
- Cataloochee Ski Area
- Sapphire Valley Ski Area
11. Go Horseback Riding
Whether you want to go trail riding or take a guided tour, there are a wide variety of options for horseback riding near Hendersonville, including
- The Biltmore Estate
- Cedar Creek Stables
- Riverside Riding Stables
- Tryon International Equestrian Center
12. Browse the Local Shops and Galleries
Treat yourself to something new during your next visit to Hendersonville. Whether you peruse the shops in Historic Downtown Hendersonville or venture into nearby Asheville, you’ll find plenty of great shopping opportunities to enjoy.
- Historic Downtown Hendersonville
- Downtown Asheville
- Biltmore Village
13. Bring the Kids for a Family-Friendly Vacation
Hendersonville offers a variety of kid-friendly activities and attractions like:
14. Attend Local Events
View our full Hendersonville, NC events calendar for a complete list of our area’s best annual events. If you’re planning a trip, some of the most popular celebrations, events, and festivals in the area include:
- The Garden Jubilee Festival
- The North Caroline Apple Festival
We hope that our list of the best things to do in Hendersonville, NC, will help you plan your stay with us. Make sure to download our free vacation guide for a more detailed list of area attractions!
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