10 Things to Do in Hendersonville That You Shouldn't Miss

March 23, 2018 Giuseppe Pratt

Hendersonville is a city in Henderson County, North Carolina, United States. It is 22 miles (35 km) south of Asheville and is the county seat of Henderson County. Like the county, the city is named for 19th-century North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Leonard Henderson.
Restaurants in Hendersonville

1. Flat Rock Playhouse

2661 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock, NC 28731-9607 +1 828-693-0731
Excellent
84%
Good
14%
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5 based on 321 reviews

Flat Rock Playhouse

A popular theater in the town.

Reviewed By 2Old2DieYoung - Pine Bush, New York

We saw the play "Amadeus," a drama. Usually I am not a fan of non-musicals because of my hearing deficit, but we had requested front row seats, and with their fine sound system, I heard well enough. This was a professional production on a much larger stage than I expected for a "playhouse" in the mountains, and the quality of the seating was equally impressive. This not just a summer playhouse, it is a year-round venue, so be prepared to be pleasantly surprised!

2. Jump Off Rock

Laurel Park Highway, Laurel Park, NC
Excellent
76%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
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4.5 based on 101 reviews

Jump Off Rock

Reviewed By Gloria L - Austin, Texas, USA

The view is amazing at this spot although it can be tricky getting there. The Laurel Parkway is curved and changes names plus some GPS systems sometime tell you to go through gated communities, which do not work unless you live there or are visiting someone there.

The history is also interesting.

3. Elijah Mountain Gem Mine

2120 Brevard Rd, Hendersonville, NC 28791-3108 +1 828-692-6560
Excellent
82%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
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5 based on 571 reviews

Elijah Mountain Gem Mine

Warm indoor mining open every winter day. At Elijah Mountain Gem Mine, in Hendersonville, NC, you become a prospector from the 1800's and mine for real gem stones that you can keep! Gems that are found daily include Rubys, Sapphires, Emeralds, Quartz crystals, Citrine, Amethyst, Garnets, Adventurine, Sodalite, Opal, Fluorite, Aquamarine and many more! Our flumes are covered for your comfort and for rain or shine mining! You can even bring a picnic and relax at one of our picnic tables or by the creek! During colder months we have INDOOR mining too!Our Rock Shop is the best around and no one can beat our prices! Also, come pet our baby goats!

Reviewed By ltower6869 - Matthews, North Carolina

This place ROCKS! Pun intended. They always make sure that you get your money's worth when you buy one of their buckets. I found a ruby that weighed almost a pound...it wasn't gemstone quality, but WOW! My mom found a smoky quartz that WAS gemstone...MoreSparkly. I love it. Glad y'all had fun at the mine. We hope you will visit again next time you're in town!

4. Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site

1928 Little River Rd, Flat Rock, NC 28731-9766 +1 828-693-4178
Excellent
70%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
7%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 486 reviews

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site

Home of poet Carl Sandburg and his family. Located on 264-acres in Western North Carolina. The site includes 5-miles of hiking trails, a dairy goat farm and offers daily tours of the Sandburg Home.

Reviewed By Lorenzo1317

I was so disappointed at the Carl Sandburg house, that's right, it's a house, not a home. While the beautiful property , rolling hills, hiking trails, and a few goats are beautiful, you're actually visiting a big empty old house. Not much to see in the home other than a few Smokey the Bear park rangers, some old photo's and a lot of white walls. There is a small bus that takes you up the hill but you would never know it by being at the bottom of the hill, only when the empty bus drives by you as you walk up the long long hike uphill. No, the driver doesn't even stop...but over and over the same empty bus drives up and down the hill ( Our Government at work ! ). The Federal Government has made a boondoggle out of the place. I did enjoy watching government workers shoveling manure in the barn, reminded me of our Congress ! This place is good for outdoor scenery and hiking and it is dog and kid friendly, but if you plan to see how Carl Sandburg lived, forget it. My suggestion would be for the Fed's to give this place to the State or the locals, who dearly loved the Sandburg family.

5. Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards

588 Chestnut Gap Rd, Hendersonville, NC 28792-3256 +1 828-685-4002
Excellent
84%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
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5 based on 371 reviews

Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards

Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards is a family-owned operation located in the heart of Henderson County's apple country. Nestled on 10 acres of a land grant from England are panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains that the family has enjoyed for generation, and now would like to share with you. The 14 varieties of wine-grape vines grown on the vineyards at elevations of 2,300 and 3,000 feet, along with the cool nights, develop some the best wine-producing grapes in the country. Meticulously growing our fruit allows us to incorporate the unique character of our vineyards into each bottle. Come to a place where you not only enjoy beautiful views with a glass of unforgettable wine, but become part of our family too!

Reviewed By Nancy D - Swannanoa, North Carolina, United States

What an amazing winery!!!! Comfortable and so welcoming with the fire burning!!!! And the tasting was awesome. Leslie walked thru each & every grape..... she made us feel right at home. The whole adventure was FANTASTIC. So worth $ 10 plus a glass. What can we say about Molly... so charming. Will definitely be back again with friends!!

6. Playhouse Downtown - Flat Rock Playhouse

125 S Main St, Hendersonville, NC 28792-5083 +1 828-693-0731
Excellent
80%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 167 reviews

Playhouse Downtown - Flat Rock Playhouse

Reviewed By mixaconsulting - Oldsmar, Florida

We were excited to take our grandchildren to see the play "The Little Mermaid" at the Downtown Playhouse. It was excellent! The acting, the staging, the music, and setting was terrific and the grandchildren were mesmerized watching it. It was fun seeing them look around the stage as the scenes moved or the setting changed. They enjoyed it. While they are not as expressive as a few children who jumped up and down at the end. They talked about it and the cast afterwards. Plus after the show the cast came out front for photos. While again our grandchildren are a bit shy we did get a couple of snapshots. The young man who played Flounder was excellent. As a nine year old he had so much professionalism as we chatted with him. Then our granddaughter wanted her picture with Ursula. We are always pleased with any production of Flat Rock Playhouse. If you are in the area be sure to check their schedule - you will be glad you did.

7. Justus Orchard

187 Garren Rd, Hendersonville, NC 28792-8603 +1 828-243-7235
Excellent
76%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 145 reviews

Justus Orchard

Reviewed By jfgaff - Tarpon Springs, Florida

We stopped early morning for apple picking and started with warm doughnuts! The people there were so nice and provided a map to guide us through the orchard and to identify the varieties of apples. It was especially fun because it was early on a weekday and we were alone in the orchards.

We completed the visit by picking up a couple of pumpkins and more cider doughnuts. Yum.

8. The Park at Flat Rock

55 Highland Golf Dr, Flat Rock, NC 28731-8582
Excellent
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4.5 based on 35 reviews

The Park at Flat Rock

Reviewed By cheryl h - Durham, North Carolina

This 66 acre park used to be the Highland Lake Golf Course. We grabbed a take-out lunch and ate in the covered picnic area. After that we walked the paved trails (old cart paths??) through all the open green space. It also offers a very nice playground that even has a tunnel.

It still looks like a golf course and it's very easy to pick out the fairways. My husband started to twitch thinking he should have a golf club in his hand. It was a perfect March afternoon with the temps in the 50s and I really enjoyed the walk (except for listening to my husband tell me how he would have played each hole).

9. Grandad's Apples

2951 Chimney Rock Rd, Hendersonville, NC 28792-9375 +1 828-685-1685
Excellent
73%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 258 reviews

Grandad's Apples

Reviewed By Pam W

Surrounded by beautiful mountains and Apple orchards, Granddads is the perfect afternoon family outing! Activities and train rides for little ones, corn maze for adventurous types and Apple picking for everyone! Love their famous Apple donuts...its definitely worth the wait in line for these warm, sweet delicious treats.
I love grandads over the other larger orchards because it doesn't feel like a carnival...not as crowded and chaotic.

10. Mineral & Lapidary Museum

400 N Main St, Hendersonville, NC 28792-4901 +1 828-698-1977
Excellent
62%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 168 reviews

Mineral & Lapidary Museum

Reviewed By Mario M - Miramar, Florida

As a family, we all appreciate gems and minerals. This little museum, which has free admission (although donations or purchases are welcome) is worth the visit. The museum had beautiful displays of minerals...our favorites were the iridescent minerals display. They also have some beautiful items available for purchase. You could even crack open your own geode, once you bought it of course. If you're into minerals, this is not a place that you would want to miss.

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