Find Your Adventure in Hendersonville, NC
An exciting getaway awaits travellers in the Blue Ridge mountain town of Hendersonville. Just south of busy Asheville, Hendersonville has emerged with its own vibrant mix of arts, culture and locally brewed spirits.
Special-interest trails create custom itineraries for visitors. From galleries filled with pieces by independent artists, to wineries, breweries and cideries producing small-batch spirits, to orchards where visitors pick their own apples — Hendersonville’s trails encourage exploration.
Crest of the Blue Ridge Orchard Trail
Henderson County is the largest apple-producing county in North Carolina and seventh largest in the nation. The apple harvest season runs from late August through October. Fresh apples, cider and other delicacies — such as apple cider doughnuts, apple pies and apple butter — may be purchased at roadside markets and produce stands. Several orchards host tours and allow visitors to pick their own apples.
Across Henderson County, breweries, wineries and cideries make handcrafted beverages. Hendersonville residents are turning the abundance of locally grown apples into hard cider. Virginia-based Bold Rock Hard Cider opened its second production facility and taproom in rural Mills River, and Flat Rock Ciderworks operates a tasting room on Hendersonville’s Main Street. Two vineyards produce high-quality wines from European varietals. Sierra Nevada’s East Coast headquarters — a state-of-the-art brewery, taproom and beer garden — is a mecca for craft-beer aficionados.
Art Gallery Trail
Western North Carolina artists draw inspiration from the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains, and their work reflects the region’s natural beauty. Henderson County artists specialize in both fine art and fine craft. Galleriesexhibit handmade jewelry, blown glass, pottery, sculpture, metalwork,
paintings and more. Several artists invite customers into their studios, allowing a glimpse into the creative process.
Farm Market Trail
Farmers’ markets scattered across Henderson County offer the freshest fruits, vegetables and herbs. During planting season, vegetable transplants and bedding plants are available. Baked goods, such as breads, cakes and pies, as well as jams, jellies and preserves show off the culinary talents of mountain residents. Other treasures include arts and crafts, handmade soaps and fresh-cut flowers.
The newest Henderson County trail leads visitors along scenic mountain roads. Colourful quilt blocks hang on the sides of barns, homes, businesses, public buildings and historic properties. The squares’ patterns tell the stories of the places where they hang and honour the traditional craft of quilting.
To download trail maps, learn more about the area and explore lodging options, go to VisitHendersonvilleNC.com or call the Visitor Center at (800) 828-4244