Enjoy the hospitality of the Historic Hendersonville area, known for its gentle climate, beautiful scenery, richness in culture and history and friendly people. Hendersonville is located in Western North Carolina, 22 miles south of Asheville, in the Blue Ridge Mountains on a plateau, 2200 feet above sea level.
Scenic Leaf Season
Bask in the bounty of the fall apple harvest amidst the scenic beauty of the historic Hendersonville area. As you plan your fall mountain get-away, your window of opportunity is larger than you think. The peak leaf color season lasts from early October to mid-November depending on where you are. No matter what week of leaf season you arrive, peak fall color is somewhere close by. The western North Carolina mountains provide a variety of elevations, from the highest peaks to the warm, gently rolling foothills.
The change in color begins in the higher elevations and cascades down the mountainside to the foothills. The chances to witness spectacular fall color and beautiful mountain vistas are plentiful in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Apple Harvest Season
The fall season offers apples from the grower to the table. North Carolina is the seventh largest apple-producing state in the nation and Henderson County is the largest apple-producing county in North Carolina. The apple harvest season runs from late August through October. Fresh apples, cider and many other items may be purchased at the many roadside markets or produce stands located throughout Henderson County. Many orchards offer tours and allow you to pick your own apples, learning activities, hayrides, corn mazes and pumpkin patches. Enjoy a self-guided driving tour in and around Henderson County’s apple country for apple products and view the orchards.
Blue Ridge Parkway
One of the most popular destinations for leaf lookers is to venture to the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, located approximately 15 miles north of Hendersonville. The parkway’s 469 toll-free miles combine an awesome natural beauty, mountain forests, wildlife, wildflowers and magnificent views. The parkway was designed especially for leisure travel and enjoyment. There are numerous overlooks and parking areas to view some of America’s finest scenic vistas.
DuPont State Forest
DuPont State Forest is a suggestion for viewing fall color on foot. The forest encompasses 10,268 acres in Henderson and Transylvania counties. It is situated in the Little River valley and includes four spectacular waterfalls and 80 miles of roads and trails wandering through mountainous terrain. The forest is open to the public for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Fishing is allowed with a valid North Carolina fishing license. Many scenes from the movie, “The Hunger Games,” were shot in DuPont State Recreational Forest. DuPont State Forest is located approximately 12 miles from downtown Hendersonville.
Jump Off Rock
Located just minutes from historic downtown Hendersonville is Jump Off Rock, a scenic overlook which provides a panoramic view of rolling pastures, the Blue Ridge and Pisgah mountain ranges. Jump Off Rock also holds an Indian legend that has been passed down for many, many years. Over 300 years ago, a young Cherokee Indian maiden received word that her young Indian chief had been killed in battle, so she climbed to the edge of the rock and jumped off. Indian legend has it that on moonlit nights you can see the ghost of the maiden on Jump Off Rock. Jump Off is located about five miles from downtown at the end of Laurel Park Hwy. The park is open daily, sunrise to sunset. No admission charge.
Events abound during autumn to keep visitors entertained. Western North Carolina has deep cultural roots, which burst into color along with the fall foliage. There are many events, which include: Flat Rock Playhouse productions, art and craft shows, music, and horse shows, just to name a few.