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Family Fun
Activities for All Ages

North Carolina State Forest
Holmes Educational State Forest - Talking Tree Trail, hiking, picnic area, helicopter, displays and emphasis on fire prevention. Open mid-Mar thru Nov., Tuesday through Sunday, 1299 Crab Creek Road, Hendersonville, NC (828) 692-0100

DuPont State Recreational Forest - encompasses 10,600 acres in Henderson and Transylvania counties. The Forest includes several waterfalls and 80 miles of roads and trails. The forest is open year round for hiking, mountain biking, swimming and horseback riding. Fishing is allowed with a valid NC fishing license. Hunting is by special permit only, issued by a permit agent of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, 1300 Staton Rd, Cedar Mountain, NC (828) 877-6527


Local Parks
Jackson Park - offers 212 acres with 4 picnic shelters, 9 baseball fields, soccer fields, 8 tennis courts, playgrounds, bicycle trails, and many walking trails. The park is home to several species of birds, wildlife, and plants, making the park a great place to observe nature. Organized activities and special events for youth and adults. 801 Glover St., Hendersonville, NC (828) 697-4884

Patton Park - offers19 acres with 2 baseball fields, basketball courts, 4 racquetball courts (open Memorial Day-Labor Day), 2 tennis courts, a football field, two pavilions with picnic tables and grills, 2 gazebos, playground, a one-half mile lighted walking trail, an Olympics-sized swimming pool (pool open 7 days during summer season), bathrooms and a skate park. Asheville Hwy. (Hwy. 25 N), Hendersonville, NC (828) 697-3084

Laurel Green Park- offers a walking trail and playground, no public restrooms; located on the corner of Laurel Park Hwy. & White Pine Dr., Hendersonville, NC (828) 693-4840

Mills River Town Park - includes a 0.4 acre multi-use trail, a dog park, picnic shelter, tennis courts and playground. 124 Town Center Dr, Mills River, NC (828) 890-2901

Fletcher Community Park - Nature trails, playground, picnic areas, soccer field, baseball fields, soccer fields, arboretum gardens, disc golf, and restrooms/concessions. 85 Howard Gap Rd., Fletcher, NC (828) 687-0751

Kate's Park - walking trail, playground, large picnic shelter and tot lot. The recreation department has developed many special and ongoing youth activities. Library Rd., Fletcher, NC (828) 687-0751


Miniature Golf Centers
Boyd Park - Church Street, Hendersonville, NC Memorial Day - Labor Day, 7 days 11:30am-9pm, (828) 697-3084

Champions Golf Learning Center - 18 hole miniature golf, batting cages, lighted driving range & golf lesson. 485 Brookside Camp Rd., Hendersonville NC  828-698-1234

  Public Library
Henderson County Public Library, an extensive collection of books, children's library, storytelling, programs, research/reference materials, computer classes & public computers ; 301 North Washington Street, Hendersonville, NC (828) 697-4725
Sk8t Depot - offers roller skating, arcade games, free WIFI for parents and food, 1705 Spartanburg Hwy., Hendersonville, NC (828) 697-8754
Movie Theaters
Epic Theaters - 200 Thompson St., Hendersonville. Stadium seating with 12 screens. For movie info call (828) 693-1146

Flat Rock Cinema - bistro style cinema, featuring food, cocktails & local brews; 2700 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock, Flat Rock. (828) 697-2463 2700 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock, Flat Rock. For movie info call (828) 697-2463

Tarheel Lanes - offers modern alleys set within a smoke-free facility, 3275 Asheville Hwy., Hendersonville (828) 513-2328

Antique Toy Museum - Houses decades of vintage toys, 154 White Street, Hendersonville, NC (828) 694-1480 or (828) 702-1922.

Colburn Earth Science Museum - Offers exhibits, educational programming, specimens of mineral crystals and gemstones from North Carolina and around the world. 2 S Pack Sq, Asheville, NC( 828) 254-7162

Henderson County Mineral & Lapidary Museum - Beautifully displayed minerals, gemstones, displays, jewels cut by Gem & Mineral Society members. Geodes, Indian artifacts and fluorescents, 400 N. Main St, Hendersonville, NC (828) 698-1977

Hands On! - A Child's Gallery - Hands On! - A Child's Gallery provides educational exhibits that stimulate the imagination and motivate learning in a fun, safe, "Hands On!" environment where kids can be kids. Adults need to accompany children, 318 N. Main St. Hendersonville, (828) 697-8333

Henderson County Heritage Museum - housed in the Historic Henderson County Courthouse on Main Street, offers displays, artifacts, collections, archives, demonstrations, and exhibitions relating to the history, culture and heritage of Henderson County. One Historic Courthouse Square on Main Street, Hendersonville, NC (828) 694-1619      

Western North Carolina Air Museum - First air museum in NC. Display of restored airplanes, restored replica and antique airplanes. Advance reservations necessary for groups, 1340 Gilbert Street, Hendersonville, NC (828) 698-2482

Wheels Through Time Museum - Features America's vintage transportation from the past, Maggie Valley, NC (828) 926-6266


Gem & Gold Mining
Elijah Mountain Gem Mine, covered flumes for rain or shine mining, discount family rates. Picnic by the stream and visit the antique shop for more treasures. Located only 2 ½ miles west of Downtown Hendersonville on Highway 64 West (2120 Brevard Road) open all year,
(828) 692-6560

Chimney Rock Gemstone Mine, located in Hickory Nut Gorge, on the banks of the Rocky Broad River. Chimney Rock, NC (828) 625-5524

Broad River Gems and Mining Company, On site mining, located on the gold bearing Broad River. Rutherfordton, NC (828) 286-1220

Thermal City – offers gold and gem mining. Open March 15 – November 15. 5240 US Highway 221 North, Union Mills NC (828) 286-3016


Horseback Riding
Biltmore Estate, reservations suggested, Asheville, NC 800-411-3812

Cedar Creek Stables, 542 Cedar Creek Rd., (reservations recommended), Lake Lure, NC 828-625-2811

Pisgah Forest Riding Stables, Guided trail rides by reservation, Monday-Saturday. Pisgah Forest, NC 828-883-8258

Riverside Riding Stables, Lake Lure, NC 866-206-0235 or (828) 288-1302 (open year round, weather permitted, call for reservations)

Saddle-Up Trail Rides, Mills River, NC (828) 768-9025 (open April 1-Nov 15 weather permitted, call for reservations)

Sandy Bottom Trail Rides, Caney Fork Rd, Marshall, NC (open year round), (828) 649-3464, 800-959-3513

Shoal Creek, Dupont State Forest Trail Rides, Sky Valley Rd., Hendersonville, NC (open year round, weather permitted, call for reservations) (828) 551-2225

Recreational Areas
North Mills River Recreational Area in Pisgah National Forest - Tubing (bring your own tube), picnic areas, camping, fishing, hiking, bicycle & horse riding trails; 5289 N. Mills River Rd, Mills River, NC (828) 877-3265 1-877-444-6777 Mills River Recreational Area

Lake Lure Tours & Beach Water Works- over 20 miles of Lake Lure's shoreline. Offers guided boat tour, sandy beach or water activities at the Beach Water Works; 2930 Memorial Hwy, Lake Lure, NC  877-386-4255

Lake Julian Recreational Area - offers picnicking, boating, fishing, a playground, outdoor games and special events; off of Long Shoals Rd, Skyland, NC (828) 684-0376

Lake Powhatan Recreation Area in Pisgah National Forest - Swimming, hiking, fishing, camping; 375 Wesley Branch Rd., Asheville, NC (828) 670-5627 or (877) 444-6777 Lake Powhatan Recreation Area


Whitewater Rafting | River Tubing | Canoing | Kayaking
- 1648 Brevard Rd., Asheville, NC tubing located on the French Broad River 1/4 mile from the Blue Ridge Parkway and the NC Arboretum on Hwy. 191, 1-855-936-8823

Green River Adventure, 111 E. Main St., Saluda, NC, kayaking, guided waterfall/swimming hole hikes, 800-335-1530

Asheville Outdoor Center, 521 Amboy Rd., Asheville, NC canoing, tubing, kayaking, rafting & gem mining,  800-849-1970 or (828) 232-1970

Canopy Ridge Farm - offers a day full of zip-line tours and kayaking. Located in Lake Lure, minutes from Chimney Rock State Park. 7115 US Hwy 64/74A, Lake Lure, NC Call for for rates and reservations (828) 625-4500.

Headwaters Outfitters - 25 Parkway Road, Rosman, NC, canoing, tubing, kayaking, & fishing (828) 877-3106

Nantahala Outdoor Center - offers family friendly adventures rafting and paddling the Nantahala River, mountain bike rentals & lake kayaking 13077 Hwy 19 W, Bryson City, NC 828-488-6900 or 800-232-7238


National Forest
Cradle of Forestry Forest Discovery Center - Hands on exhibits, guided walks, historic cabins, craftsmen, logging locomotive, helicopter simulator, Forest Discovery Center & hands-on exhibits. Open mid-April to early-November, Pisgah National Forest/Davidson River Recreational Area Pisgah Forest, NC (828) 877-3130

The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, located in Pisgah National Forest. Attractions include: aquariums, hands-on exhibits, garden display, special programs, viewing and feeding of the hatchery trout. Open to the public daily, except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. (Outdoor exhibits close at 4:30pm) (828) 877-4423.

Pisgah National Forest - Pisgah National Forest's attractions include Looking Glass Falls, Sliding Rock, Pisgah Forest State Fish Hatchery, Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, The Cradle of Forestry and the North Mills River Recreational Area. Activities include hiking, camping, fishing (license required) swimming, and picnic areas.


Fishing Areas
Crab Creek Catfish Farm, 441 Crab Creek Rd., no permit required, Hendersonville, NC (828) 692-0023

North Mills River Recreational Area/Pisgah National Forest, permit required, 5289 N. Mills River Rd, Mills River, NC
877-444-6777, 828-890-3284 Mills River Recreational Area

Dupont State Recreational Forest, permit required, (828) 877-6527

Davidson River Recreational Area in Pisgah National Forest - (828) 862-5960, 1-877-444-6777

French Broad River,

Lake Julian, permit required, Skyland, NC - (828) 684-0376

Lake Lure, permit required, Lake Lure, NC - (828) 625-9983

Sorrell's Creek Trout Farm , 443 Sorrell's Creek Road, Canton, NC 28716, (828) 648-9903

Fishing License - Children under 16 years of age do not require a North Carolina fishing license but must be accompanied by a licensed adult or possess the license of a parent or guardian. License can be obtained by calling 1-888-2HUNTFISH or at various local retail outlets. (License not required at privately owned trout ponds/farms where admission is charged)


Swimming / Watering Holes
Patton Park
- Public swimming pool, picnic areas, tennis, basketball (pool open 7 days during summer season) (828) 697-3084

YMCA - Organized activities, day camp, indoor pool, tennis, basketball, gym, fitness studio, weight room, youth center. Hwy. 64 W., Hendersonville, NC (828) 697-9622

Lake Lure Tours & Beach Water Works- over 20 miles of Lake Lure's shoreline.The marina offers guided boat tours, a sandy beach, swimming, Water Works water park, boat rentals. (828) 625-1373

Sliding Rock - A gentle natural sloping 60 foot smooth rock water slide, plunging into a pool of water at the bottom. Bathrooms and showers are open during the summer season with a lifeguard on duty from Memorial Day to mid-August, No alcohol is allowed. Pisgah Forest, NC (828) 877-3350

DuPont State Recreational Forest - Hooker Falls on Little River has become a popular swimming hole, dropping off a 13-foot high natural ledge before flowing into Cascade Lake.

Splashville - Interactive dancing water fountains located in Pack Square in Downtown Asheville for children to play in and cool off. There are benches for parents to rest and relax, a large lush green space, artwork by NC artists and a stage for a variety of performances.


Team ECCO Ocean Center and Aquarium
- houses the only public aquarium in Western North Carolina with 20+ tanks that display sea horses, sting rays, shark pups, lion fish, a touch tank and more. Other times for special events by request, group rates and programs are available. 511 N. Main St., Hendersonville, NC (828) 692-8386


Other Activities
Apple Orchards - Picking apples in the fall of the year. Many orchards sponsor children's learning activities, hayrides, etc., for groups & individuals Late August through mid-November. Hendersonville, NC (828) 697-4891 or

Bounce Depot - an inflatable bouncing playground, also available for indoor parties & events, 609 Market St., Hendersonville, NC (828)

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site - Goat farm, hiking trails, picnic area, in summer months Rootabaga Stories and World of Carl Sandburg performed at the outdoor amphitheater. Open 9-5 daily except Christmas Day. Special events and programs. 81 Carl Sandburg Lane, Flat Rock, NC (828) 693-4178

Champions Golf Learning Center - lighted driving range, golf lessons, 18 hole miniature golf, batting cages, 485 Brookside Camp Rd., Hendersonville NC  828-698-1234

Chimney Rock Park- Offers a spectacular 75-mile view, hiking trails, a 404-foot waterfall, and special events. The Great Woodland Adventure is a family-friendly interpretative trail with 12 discovery stations. Chimney Rock, NC (828) 625-9611 or 800-277-9611

Fletcher Feed & Seed - Live bluegrass & country music on Friday & Saturday nights. No cover charge, donations appreciated,
3715 Hendersonville Rd., Fletcher, NC (828) 216-3492

French Broad e'N'pire NTRAK Club Model Railroad - The Club offers a 25'x35' operating "N" scale train layout, which is about 1/2 the size of HO scale, as well as during selected community events. 503 7th Avenue across the railroad tracks from the Historic Hendersonville Train Depot. (828) 685-2726

Historic Johnson Farm - Childrens' programs & school group tours, walking trails, Barn Loft Museum, special events and programs year 'round; guided tours are offered, call for hours & tour times, 3346 Haywood Road, across from Rugby Middle School. Hendersonville, NC (828) 891-6585 www.historicjohnsonfarm.or

Model Railroad at the Historic Depot - Apple Valley Model Railroad Clubs' replicated HO scale railroad of Hendersonville and surrounding area. The Depot includes many historical artifacts, a Southern Railway caboose and a special children's exhibit where they can operate a Thomas the Tank train. Admission is free, donations appreciated. Open year round, Wednesdays 1pm-3pm & Saturdays 10am-2pm. Located on Maple Street off of 7th Avenue East, Hendersonville, NC (828) 890-8246

Mountain Play Lodge - An indoor play and party center, offering large inflatables, soft play and playhouses complete with toys and costumes. For children up to the age of 12. 3389 Sweeten Creek Rd, Arden, NC (828) 676-2120

North River Farms Tours, guided tours of a real working farm, other activities include a picnic by the river, fishing, you pick produce, guided tube floats, tent camping, corn maze and guided horseback rides, tours offered May -October by appointment, 3333 North Mills River Rd., Mills River, (828) 890-5316

The Old Homeplace- live entertainment and dancing in a family atmosphere with no alcohol or smoking, Fridays & Saturdays: Country Music 7:00pm-10:30pm; 4060 North Mills River Rd, Mills River, NC 828-891-7704

Western North Carolina Agricultural Center - Equestrian shows, tractor pulls, antique car shows, dog shows, ten day Mountain State Fair held each September. Various events through the year. Fletcher, NC (828) 687-1414

YMCA - Organized activities, day camp, indoor pool, tennis, basketball, gym, fitness studio, weight room, youth center. Hwy. 64 W., Hendersonville, NC (828) 692-5774

Blue Ridge Corn Maze - Six acres of cornfusion. Open August-October (weather permitting) call for hours of operation. 570 Everett Rd., Brevard, NC (828) 226-0508

Asheville's Fun Depot - Offers a state-of-the-art arcade gallery, 18 hole indoor mini-golf, outdoor go-kart track, multi-level laser tag, soft play area, climbing wall and batting cages. 7 Roberts Rd., Asheville, NC (828) 277-2FUN or 866-303-4FUN

Biltmore Estate - Largest privately owned home in the United States containing 250 rooms. Grounds open daily for touring the house & winery. Also located on the property are walking trails, shopping, horse back riding, & restaurants, Asheville, NC 800-649-3831

Blue Ridge Parkway - Scenic byway with hiking, picnicking, scenic overlooks, historic areas,

North Carolina Arboretum - nature trails, gardens, and programs throughout the year; located off Hwy. 191 (adjoins Blue Ridge Parkway Asheville, NC (828) 665-2492

Western North Carolina Nature Center - 42 Acres of wildlife and native animals and Interpretive Programs, Asheville, NC (828) 298-5600

Zebulon B. Vance Birthplace - Appalachian Mountain Home of North Carolina's Civil War Governor (1862-1865) and United States Senator located in Weaverville, NC (828) 645-6706


Other Regional Activities
Craggy Gardens - Craggy Gardens Visitor Center is located at mile marker 364.4 on the Blue Ridge Parkway offering information, exhibits, publications and self-guided trails. Picnic area located nearby. June and July are usually prime times to view the rhododendron. (828) 298-0398

Cherokee Indian Reservation - Cherokee, NC Oconaluftee Indian Village, an authentic replica of an 18th century Cherokee community. The Museum of the Cherokee Indian, "Unto These Hills" Outdoor Drama of the Cherokee Indians, Cherokee, NC 800-438-1601

Great Smoky Mountain Railroad - Bryson City, NC Mountain rail excursions year 'round Steam & diesel engines Several routes and plans available, Polar Express in December. 800-872-4681

Mount Mitchell State Park - Highest peak in Eastern U.S.A. Observation tower, tent camping, trails, nature study, picnic area, natural history museum, restaurant. May-Oct. Mile marker 355.4 on the Blue Ridge Parkway (828) 657-4611 or (828) 298-0398

Great Smoky Mountains National Park - 800 square miles of natural beauty, nature trails, hiking, picnicking, waterfalls, wildlife, flora & fauna, and all manner of outdoor activities. (865) 436-1200

Roper Mountain Science Center - On 62 acres with classrooms/ labs, pioneer farm, nature trails, planetarium & observatory, rain forest and amphitheatre; Greenville, SC (864) 355-8900

Greenville Zoo - Pleasant setting, children friendly - located in Cleveland Park with playground, picnic tables, walking paths and lots of open space; Greenville, SC (864) 467-4300


Snow Tubing / Skiing
Moonshine Mountain Snow Tubing - Located on a 300-foot hill, covered by 3-5 feet of snow. Open on weekends from mid-December - early-March (weather permitting). Call ahead for current conditions and updates. Willow Road, Hendersonville, NC (828) 696-0333 or 800-849-7553.

Zip 'n Slip - features snow tubing runs and a 800 foot zip line, a solarium with fireplaces. The slope is lit for night tubing till 9pm, a variety of snacks & hot chocolate are available; 725 US Hwy. 23 N., Mars Hill, NC (828) 689-8444

Snow Skiing - Two slopes are within an hour's drive of Hendersonville. Other slopes are located in the Northern Mountains. Check availability and snow conditions in advance. General information 800-438-7500, or


Theme Parks
Ghost Town in the Sky
- family theme park that offers an authentic western town and wild west with shows between good guys and bad guys; open spring thru late fall, 16 Fie Top Rd., Maggie Valley, NC (828) 926-1130

Tweetsie Railroad - a wild west theme park featuring a three-mile ride on a historic steam railroad, live entertainment, rides, and a petting zoo, open spring thru late fall, Blowing Rock, NC 800-526-5740


Zip Lines
Asheville Treetops Adventure Park - is comprised of 60 unique climbing, zipping, walking, jumping, swinging, and rappelling challenges; minutes from downtown Asheville, 1 Resort Dr., Asheville, NC (828) 225-2921

Canopy Ridge Farm - offers a day full of zip-line tours, tubing and kayaking, located in Lake Lure, minutes from Chimney Rock State Park, call for for rates and reservations, 7115 US Hwy 64/74A, Lake Lure, NC (828) 625-4500

Navitat Canopy Adventures - features 10 zip lines, 2 sky bridges, 2 rappelling experiences, and 3 short hikes. Zip lines range from 120 feet to over 1,100 feet in length, 242 Poverty Branch Rd., Barnardsville NC (828) 626-3700

The Gorge - offers a 3½ hour trip perched on the rim of the Green River Gorge, the steepest & fastest canopy tour in the USA, featuring 11 zip lines, 3 huge rappels and a sky bridge with breathtaking 90-mile panoramic view, 166 Honey Bee Dr., Saluda, NC (855) 749-2500