Hendersonville is a Southern gem hidden in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Settled on a scenic mountain plateau, the “City of Four Seasons” is a year-round destination.
Keep reading to find out why you need to go to Hendersonville for your next vacation!
Explore Downtown Hendersonville
Historic downtown Hendersonville offers southern hometown charm with unique local shops, museums, and restaurants.
Check out the 1905 copper-domed courthouse topped with a six-foot statue of “Lady Justice”. Then explore the local attractions that are all within walking distance:
Start your Bearfootin’ Art Walk at the Visitors Center to find 21 full-size whimsically painted bears scattered throughout downtown from May to October. Come fall, the bears are auctioned off to support local charities.
Flat Rock Playhouse
For over 80 years, Hendersonville has been home to the State Theatre of North Carolina. What began with a few summer performances is now a nine-month season of Broadway musicals, comedies, and dramas staged in an intimate 250-seat theater.
Before the show, go next door for some savory southern smoked barbecue at Hubba Hubba Smokehouse.
Carl Sandburg Home – National Historic Site
Poet, historian, author, and lecturer, Carl Sandburg spent the final 22 years of his remarkable life at his estate, Connemara.
Guests can tour the house (circa 1838), which displays furnishings of Sandburg’s residence from 1945-1968, including his 12,000-book library. This national historic site just outside of Hendersonville includes five miles of trails, a barn, and close-up encounters with the descendants of Mrs. Sandburg’s champion dairy goats.
Jump Off Rock
Five miles from downtown Hendersonville, Jump Off Rock provides a panoramic view of the Blue Ridge and Pisgah Mountain ranges.
The rock gets its name from a 300-year-old legend of a Cherokee chief and maiden who often met on this rock. When the chief was called to war, the maiden promised to wait for his return from their favorite rock ledge. When she received word of his death, she climbed to the rock and jumped off.
On moonlit nights, you can allegedly see the ghost of the maiden on Jump Off Rock.
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