Located twenty miles south of Asheville, the 1898 Waverly Inn in Hendersonville is a perfect place to stay on your western North Carolina vacation. There are many things to do in North Carolina and Hendersonville is central to all the mountain attractions. Plan a weekend getaway or a week long vacation and visit several of these great attractions.
Featured Local Attraction
The Cradle of Forestry in America
America’s first school of Forestry Historic Site
Open daily, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., from April 12 - November 9
The beginning of forestry conservation in the United States: Established by George W. Vanderbilt when he built the Biltmore House on Frederick Law Olmsted's advice, the school focused on teaching forestry skills and transforming what is now the Pisgah National Forest after extensive devastating logging practices.
Two easy walking trails explore the history of Biltmore's Forestry School with a view of life in the early 1900's. Features include a restored logging locomotive, antique sawmill, one-room schoolhouse,
blacksmith shop, Virtual Firefighting Helicopter Ride, local art exhibits and a restaurant.
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Carl Sandburg National Historic Site
The Flat Rock Playhouse
Blue Ridge Parkway
Chimney Rock Park
The Historic Johnson Farm
DuPont State Forest
The Folk Art Center
Pisgah National Forest
Henderson County Heritage Museum
North Carolina Arboretum
Western North Carolina Nature Center
Cradle of Forestry
Western North Carolina Agricultural Center
The Thomas Wolfe House
Zebulon B. Vance Birthplace
Model Railroad at the Historic Hendersonville Depot
Arts Center of Henderson County
Center for Craft, Creativity and Design
Henderson County Mineral & Lapidary Museum
Southern Appalachian Brewery
St. Paul Mountain Vineyard
Check out Lee Pantas' outstanding "The Ultimate Guide to Asheville, Hendersonville & The Western North" for great ideas about how to tour our area. The evening social hour and breakfast are great times to ask us for recommendations about the things to do in North Carolina.
This area is known for its many beautiful waterfalls. While you are here, make sure you take the time to visit at least a couple of these remarkable sites. Here is a neat Web site on North Carolina Waterfalls. It is updated on a regular basis and has beautiful pictures!
Driving through Henderson County in western North Carolina, it soon becomes evident that you are in apple country. Henderson County, NC produces more than 80 percent of the apples grown in the state. For more information on our apples, including tours, visit and tour our many apple orchards. Labor Day Weekend we celebrate our apple growing history at the annual Apple Festival in historic downtown Hendersonville.