From America’s Largest Home to the mint site of the first gold coin in the United States, our area contains fun for history and music buffs. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy ziplining through our mountain canopies, mining for local gems and treasures or paddling down the rushing rivers surrounding our area. Our area has so much to offer, we’ve listed a few of our favorites below!
Wineries, Distillers and Brewhouses
- Biltmore Estate & Winery
Completed in 1895, George Vanderbilt's 250-room French château is a real life wonder. Enjoy a self-guided visit of Biltmore House that unveils a fresh look at how people lived and worked in America’s largest home. Also, explore the acres of beautiful gardens and grounds, designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, during your visit. A self-guided visit of Biltmore House & Gardens is included in estate admission. In-depth audio tour and guided specialty tours are available for an additional cost.
- Blue Ridge Distilling
Blue Ridge Distilling Co. is founded on the quest for true quality. It has been said that the devil is in the details, and there is a vast amount of detail in distilling. It is our attention to these details at every nuance of the production process that results in a truly exquisite single malt. Nestled into the Blue Ridge Mountains, Blue Ridge Distilling Co. began on a forgotten corner of the family farm. You might say after a visit that we are out in the middle of nowhere. We would agree, and that’s the way we like it.
- Mountain Brook Vineyards
At Mountain Brook Vineyards, crafting wine is a labor of love. We take great care in nurturing our 7.5-acre vineyard, nestled in the isothermal belt foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
- Overmountain Vineyards
Nestled at the gateway of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Overmountain Vineyards is planted on 20 acres of fertile farmland in the Tryon Foothills of Polk County. You will enjoy the picturesque views as you enjoy a walk through the vineyard.
- Parker-Binns Vineyard
With our background, we decided we wanted to be part of the emerging East Coast wine industry. We searched up and down the region and finally found what we felt was the perfect parcel, 35 acres in the Tryon Foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Polk County, North Carolina had a rich history of growing and selling grapes in the late 1800′s. Now with the area having over 20 vineyards and 3 wineries, we knew this was the place to begin. And begin we did…clearing the trees and thickets, preparing the soil and planting over 4000 grape vines. Although we were familiar with this, we made an outstanding discovery…we’re 28 years older (ouch!) and yet another adventure begins!
- Ruff’ton Brewhouse
An Idea is Born. The idea of Ruff’ton Brewhouse has been “brewing” for a decade. From 2003 to 2014 the idea has undergone many changes.In 2003, the original idea was born. At that point, the idea was more along the lines of a pub. In 2007, it had expanded into brewing the beer we sold in the pub, ourselves. Since then, there have been may 10 gallon batches of home brew produced and consumed on the back porch.
- The Brew House & Bistro
Located on main street in beautiful downtown Forest City, NC. The Brew House & Bistro is a casual restaurant offering breakfast, lunch & dinner.
- The Bechtler House
The original mint site of Christopher Bechtler – the man who minted America’s first one dollar gold coin and reinvented commerce in the Southeast. “The history of America’s first gold rush and the Bechtler Mint is one of the unique and distinctive experiences that can be found only in North Carolina,” said Lynn Davis Minges, assistant secretary of Tourism, Marketing, and Global Branding for North Carolina. “Visitors are looking for those authentic stories and deeper connections, so it is vital that we celebrate this history and allow visitors to take hold of it through programs and attractions like this.” The mint site is located at 342 Gilboa Church Road in Rutherfordton.
- Bostic Lincoln Center
There is substantial evidence that Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, was born not in Kentucky, but on Puzzle Creek near Bostic, North Carolina, in Rutherford County. The mission of the Bostic Lincoln Center, a non-profit organization, is to collect, document, research and preserve the generational-lore of the area by providing audio/visual histories, exhibits and programs telling this story and other stories of our region. The Center will conduct tours of cultural and historical sites and promote the distribution of educational materials telling the story of our County.
- Carl Sandburg Home
The Carl Sandburg Home is located on 264 acres in Western North Carolina. In addition to tours of the Sandburg Home, visitors can enjoy over five miles of trails, stroll through gardens and greet the descendents of Mrs. Sandburg's dairy goat herd. A typical visit lasts 2 hours. Guests should plan for a 1-hour drive to the home from the Resort, or just a short drive from the shopping areas in Hendersonville.
Bennett Classic Antique Auto Museum
In 2007 Bennett Classics Antique Auto Museum was born, having a wide variety of vehicles, housing around 70 vehicles. A lot of unrestored originals from Model T’s to Mack Trucks, a Shelby mustang, to the retired Forest City American Lanfranc Fire truck, and it is ever changing including a new addition 1963 Ford Mayberry Sheriffs Car Signed by Don Knots (A.K.A Barney Fife) which is a must see! The museum is about preserving the automobile history for generations of the past, present and future, here under one roof in Rutherford County.
Black Mountain and the Swannanoa Valley
Black Mountain is cradled by mountains and surrounded with gorgeous views; located just 20 minutes east of Asheville and 30 minutes north of Lake Lure. The town overflows with art & craft galleries, artist studios, specialty & antique shops, bookstores and furniture stores, where you can bring a piece of the mountains back home with you. Enjoy lunch in a charming restaurant or cafe, go biking, hiking or just sit awhile. Spend the afternoon at Lake Tomahawk with its walking path, swimming pool, tennis courts, golf and croquet. Feed the ducks, swing on a swing and feel like a kid again.
Blue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway follows the mountain ridges from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina and Tennessee. The Parkway's 469 toll-free miles combines natural beauty, mountain forests, wildlife, wildflowers and magnificent views. The Parkway was designed especially for leisure travel and enjoyment. There are numerous overlooks and parking areas to view some of America's finest scenic vistas. The Blue Ridge Parkway is located 15 miles north of Hendersonville.
Boulderline Adventure Program
Boulderline Adventure Program is open to the public. It is located about 20 miles from Chimney Rock State Park and five miles from Rumbling Bald Resort at Lake Lure, NC. Boulderline has been providing opportunites for adventure on our ziplines, 32' climbing tower, and our giant swing to families, schools and church groups for over five years.
Canopy Ridge Farm Zipline
Claim your independence, if only for a little while, by soaring through the air at Canopy Ridge Farm. Located on the lower Rocky Broad River, the outdoor adventure park offers a six zipline tour and includes Zip Zilla, a 1000 foot line engineered for speed. Thanks to pleasant weather conditions, tall trees and vegetation commonly found in North Carolina's Isothermal Belt region, your zipline experience will mimic the feeling of sailing through a rain forest.
Cedar Creek Stables
Cedar Creek Stables is a public trail riding facility, nestled in the beautiful mountains of Lake Lure, North Carolina. All of our trail rides have creek walks and go through the mountains. Our award winning staff and facility has your safety in mind at all times.
The Chamber of Hickory Nut Gorge
In the Chamber’s 30-year history much has been accomplished, most notably the progressive and innovative creation of the Visitor’s Center. Today and into the future, the new Chamber of Hickory Nut Gorge is re-energized about the opportunity to bring innovation and progress to our community.
Chimney Rock State Park
Chimney Rock State Park is the natural fulfillment of your trip to the North Carolina mountains. Take a deep breath of refreshing mountain air, become invigorated by our hiking trails, and let your cares fade away in the cool mist of Hickory Nut Falls. This is the perfect place to reconnect with nature and spend time with family and friends. Only 20 minutes from Rumbling Bald Resort on Lake Lure, Chimney Rock offers the best of the mountains in one place – spectacular 75-mile views, hiking trails for all ages, a 404-foot waterfall, a variety of special events and much more. Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is proud to be part of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.
Chimney Rock Village
Our location is unique-Chimney Rock Village is situated in the center of historical Hickory Nut Gorge, lying directly below the famous vistas of Chimney Rock Mountain, containing almost three miles of scenic Rocky Broad River, which is the prime source for the renowned pristine waters of Lake Lure. Our quaint village will welcome you with its delightful assortment of hostelries, eateries, attractions, shops, and services; the friendliess of the villagers; the permanence of the mountains; and a state park with an entrance right on Main Street. Come linger a while with us.
Grandfather Mountain is one of the most environmentally significant mountains in the world. Crossing the famous swinging footbridge suspends you more than a mile above sea level. Grandfather Mountain features wildlife environmental habitats, interpretive nature museum, hiking trails and picnic areas. For over 100 years Grandfather Mountain has been a wildlife sanctuary and nature preserve, with an elevation of 5,964 feet.
Green River Adventures
The world famous Green River Gorge is a paradise! We wholeheartedly recommend our guests allow the highly experienced guides at Green River Adventures take you on a river trip that your family will talk about for years. Located just 30 miles from the Resort, Green River Adventures offers two options for inflatable kayaking trips on the warm, majestic waters of the Green River. One is a 4-mile stretch on the lower section of the green river that offers easily navigated rapids and big swimming holes – perfect for a family with kids, or those looking for easier whitewater. The other, a high-adrenaline river rush on the 4-mile upper section of the river, designed for those with some river experience and a thirst for adventure.
Area Hiking Trails
Looking for some hiking trails in the area? Well here is a great link that can help you choose.
Kidsenses - Children's Museum
KidSenses may be your destination, but your imagination will take you away! At KidSenses Children's InterACTIVE Museum, our exhibits and special workshops stimulate the imagination and educate the mind. Children and adults experience hands-on fun as they play, learn and create together in this exciting environment.
Lake Lure Adventure Company
The Lake Lure Adventure Company's dedicated to providing a safe, fun, exciting, and adventurous experience on Lake Lure. Whether you are vacationing at the resort, daytripping, or a local we have a variety of activities to offer for everyone! Our staff is well schooled in hospitality as well as watersports instruction, and will make you feel in your element. We offer the newest, hottest equipment and the best boats available in the area. Please visit us and make your visit to Lake Lure memorable with ADVENTURE!
Lake Lure Fishing Excursions
Guided fishing charters for Lake Lure North Carolina include your choice of fishing from my big boat "Lure of the Lake" or individual kayaks.
Lake Lure Flowering Bridge
Officially dedicated Oct. 19, 2013, the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge blooms on the historic 1925 Rocky Broad River bridge in Lake Lure, NC. When the bridge was closed to traffic in 2011, the Friends of the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge came together to create gardens on the 155 feet of the bridge and along a pathway at both ends of the three-arch span itself. With an emphasis on native plants, the Friends mission is to create a “Gateway to Somewhere Beautiful” for the enjoyment of the public.
Located at the southern gateway to western NC's High Country region, Linville Caverns is an ideal destination for visitors of all ages. The beauty of our mountains is echoed within Humpback Mountain and visitors are invited to explore the splendor and wonders nature created "inside a mountain".
North Carolina Arboretum
Located between Asheville and Hendersonville, the North Carolina Arboretum is highly recommended and a guest favorite local attraction. Whether you enjoy strolling through gardens, exploring exhibits, enriching your mind or hiking and biking, the North Carolina Arboretum offers activities for all ages.
Pearson's Falls - Saluda, NC
This botanical preserve is comprised of 268 acres of native forest, granite, spring-fed streams and a moderate 1/4 mile trail to a 90 ft. Waterfall. There are over 200 species
of rare wildflowers, and plants, mosses, lichens and trees in this glen which is classified as a deciduos climate forest. Pearson's Falls is on private property, but the nice folks at the Tryon Garden Club allow public access.
Rumbling Bald Bouldering Climbing
Bouldering at Rumbling Bald has seen a huge increase over the past few years. Rumbling Bald offers classic lines of all grades and world class bouldering making it a mandatory part of the climbing circuit in the South. From long slab routes to overhung roof cracks, Rumbling Bald has something for everyone. With the new climber's parking lot in place, traffic to the Bald has exploded in recent years. Please be courteous and follow the rules.
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The Gorge Zip Line
The Gorge offers a unique and thrilling tree-based zip line canopy adventure in the famous Green River Gorge in Saluda, North Carolina. This is North Carolina Adventure at its best! Begin your 3½ hour trip perched on the rim of the famous Green River Gorge and plunge into untouched wilderness featuring 11 zip lines, 2 huge rappels and a sky bridge. The Gorge offers unique perspectives and dramatic effects. Comprised solely of tree-based platforms, The Gorge drops an unprecedented 1,100 vertical feet from start to finish. Experience breathtaking views of 10,000 acres of protected forest and hear the roar of the Green River.
The Right Track Toy Train Museum
This museum was the brainchild of Peggy Keyes. In 2007, Peggy lost her husband, Larry, of 47 years to pancreatic cancer. Larry was a life-long toy train collector and enthusiast. To honor his memory, and raise funds for pancreatic cancer research, Peggy, along with a myriad of volunteers, set up this museum in the picturesque town of Lake Lure, in the western mountains of North Carolina. Come see trains from the early 1900s to the present. There are several tracks set up with working trains, and visitors can work the trains themselves! There is a separate train room for our youngest engineers, complete with push trains, engineer costumes and coloring pages! There is also a small gift shop where visitors can get anything from Christmas ornaments to train sets, from baby clothes to train whistles!
This museum is fun for every member of the family no matter how young or young at heart!