Vineyards and Breweri
North Carolina is known for a great many things including staggering views, the unmistakable charm of southern hospitality, and great wine. There are a number of vineyards that lie on the peripheral of Hendersonville. Burnthshirt Vineyards, a beloved favorite of the locals, boasts sweeping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, spectacular sunsets, and award winning estate grown wines. Don't feel like leaving town? Falderal Winery, located at the heart of Hendersonville, is a full service winery that makes all wine on site. And if microbrews are your passion, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company continuously ranks amongst the nation's top craft breweries.
Hikes and Strolls
Henderson County is absolutely teeming with fabulous hiking and walking trails, fit for the outdoor enthusiast of every ability. For the serious hikers, the Blue Ridge Parkway Access is your gateway to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, and snakes through Great Smoky Mountains National Park to northern Carolina and Tennessee. Trails closer to town include the North Mills River, part and parcel of the Pisgah National Forest, located a quick 13 miles from central Hendersonville. Pack yourself a picnic, or stay overnight on the pristine campgrounds. There is also plenty of biking trails, quiet fishing spots, and tubing.
How does spending an afternoon on a photo safari sound? Historic sites in Hendersonville are plentiful and many are within walking distance from the downtown area. If you have a love for neo-classical architecture, the Historic Henderson County Courthouse, built in 1905, features Corinthian columns on the facade and four distinct columns on either side of the two porticos. Within the courthouse, you will find the Henderson County Heritage Museum, brimming with fascinating artifacts, impressive collections, and lectures. For the rockhounds, archaeologist-wannabes, and geology enthusiasts, the Mineral & Lapidary Museum of Henderson County houses a number of rocks, gems, Native American artifacts, and rare minerals including pieces on loan from the Smithsonian.