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Dupont State Forest Waterfall Video
Dupont State Forest Hike and Waterfall Video
Hendersonville is a beautiful family-friendly mountain community – still a small town, but one with a wide diversity of activities and amenities. Long known as the "City of Four Seasons", Hendersonville and surrounding mountain areas have been a tourist destination for well over a century. The climate is moderate, with mild winters, as dogwoods blend into well-watered summers, a long apple harvest season, and gorgeous fall colors.
Flat Rock is built around a tremendous outcrop of granite that was originally the site of Southeastern Cherokee Indian solstice gatherings. The Historic Village of Flat Rock began when affluent Charlestonians, Europeans and prominent plantation owners of the South's low country built large summer estates in the English manner. The families of South Carolina's Low Country came to Flat Rock to escape the sweltering heat and the epidemic of yellow fever and malaria. South Carolina's Low Country gentry affectionately called Flat Rock The Little Charleston of the Mountains. The entire district of Flat Rock is included in the National Register of Historic Places. Historic Flat Rock is home to several attractions such as: The Flat Rock Playhouse, State Theatre of NC; the Carl Sandburg Home And State Park; as well as many unique specialty shops, restaurants, and movie theater.
Dupont State Forest
DuPont State Recreational Forest is an outdoors lover's dream with many waterfalls and 86 miles of trails on protected 10,000 acres. It is located between Brevard and Hendersonville. Most visitors flock to the three-mile roundtrip hike to three waterfalls (Hooker, Triple and High Falls). But there's so much more to explore! Take a seven-mile waterfall hike or trek to the top of Cedar Rock or Stone Mountain for mountain views. It's also one of North Carolina's best mountain biking and horseback riding areas too.
For more solitude and to avoid the weekend crowds, arrive early and visit on weekdays. Take a breakfast for an early morning picnic on the rocks at Triple Falls. DuPont is open everyday 5 AM until 10 PM. Admission is free.
Asheville is that type of unique, special place that lingers sweetly in your mind and memories for years to come. The city's rich architectural legacy with its mix of Art Deco, Beaux Arts and Neoclassical styles is the perfect retro-urban backdrop to the edgy energy that emanates from the locally owned-shops and art galleries, distinctive restaurants and exciting entertainment venues.
A bastion of cutting-edge art and technology in the Blue Ridge, the city also prides itself on its fascinating Appalachian past and celebrates this culture with annual events such as Shindig on the Green. While many cities underwent major overhauls in past decades, Asheville's historic and architecturally diverse downtown remains beautifully preserved.
There's something special about Asheville, and the world is just beginning to discover it. This thriving mountain city features a funky and eclectic downtown, 30-plus art galleries downtown alone, a burgeoning culinary scene, a thriving live music scene and, of course, the awe-inspiring scenery of the Appalachian Mountains.
Asheville is the ultimate playground, with a wide diversity of outdoor adventures and the ideal destination for an active and healthy getaway.
Blue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway isn't a road. Roads get you from “point A” to “point B.” The Parkway entertains you from “point A” to “point B.” It is a 469-mile cinematic experience, a masterpiece of the National Park collection, traveling from Shenandoah National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park with a sense of drama that ebbs and flows with the landscape. The Parkway is arguably the most iconic drive in the U.S., but it is so much more than a scenic drive. With protected peaks, wetlands, and trailheads around every sinuous curve, the Parkway is an avenue for exploration—a wildflower hunter’s dream, a hiker’s delight, a birder’s paradise.
Scenic vistas, stunning waterfalls, and fresh mountain air are perfect ingredients to an outdoor adventure, miles away from ordinary.
This area is meant for an experience of nature!
Ride a zipline over mountain forests
Seek over 100 waterfalls
Go tubing down one of the many rivers
Take on white water rafting adventures
Go for a wild food foraging adventure
Explore state and national parks:
Play a round of golf or tennis
Art & Music
Music: Hailed as one of America’s “Greatest Music Cities,” Asheville’s live music scene is beginning to garner national attention. Intimate music halls, unassuming neighborhood bars, and even the streets of downtown play host to some of the best in local and national touring musicians. You’ll find the sound is steeped in old time mountain music, but it’s the full spectrum of innovative musicians who truly define Asheville’s sound.
Immerse yourself in one of Asheville's many music festivals taking place throughout the year. Downtown After 5, the LEAF festival, and Brewgrass are among the most popular. You can also tap your toe at a free Shindig on the Green concert, or make plans to attend the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, the nation’s longest running festival of its kind.
Get up close and personal with your favorite artist at one of Asheville's many iconic music venues. The Orange Peel, a venue hailed as one of the best in the nation by Rolling Stone Magazine, Grey Eagle, and ISIS Music Hall are all great places to see live music.
Tour the Moog Music Factory. Bob Moog was a pioneer of electronic music and a resident of Asheville. He gave the world its first synthesizer, an innovation that is still hand-crafted in downtown Asheville to this day. Watch these incredible instruments being made and take one home for yourself.
Art: Along the riverbank of the French Broad, spend an afternoon strolling through former industrial warehouses now filled with hundreds of working artist studios in the River Arts District. Watch a live exhibit, peruse numerous galleries to find that perfectly handcrafted piece of art for your collection, or get hands on with one of the many immersive programs available. You'll also find this neighborhood is home to some of Asheville's most popular restaurants and a brewery, perfect for a pit stop in between galleries.
Asheville is home to some classic, and in some cases, quirky museums. Check out the fine art exhibits at the Asheville Art Museum, find vintage games at the Pinball Museum (yes, you can play!), or for a real throwback Thursday, visit the antique car museum.
Foodie Scene and Beer Tours
Asheville’s buzz-worthy food scene is packed with amazing places to eat. Our culinary mecca serves as a magnet for innovative chefs and food artisans, most of which source their ingredients from the hundreds of farms surrounding the city. With so many delectable options, the hardest decision you’ll have to make is where to dine.
Get a little taste of everything by signing up for a food tour. You’ll be able to sample cuisine from numerous restaurants in an afternoon.
30. Learn how to find your own food with a guided foraging expedition through the mountains.
Visit local farmsto buy the freshest meats, veggies, and cheese available in the mountains. This is a perfect way to take a little Foodtopia back home.
Nosh on award winning cheeses by visiting the multiple creameries along the WNC Cheese Trail.
Stock up on fresh local ingredients by shopping at one of the multiple farmers markets around town, or simply stop in for a bite to eat from one of the many vendors.
Sip the mountain’s finest nectar while touring one of the area's many wineries with French Broad Vignerons, or go for a free tasting at Biltmore, the most visited winery in America.
Asheville is a special place for craft-brew enthusiasts. The secret ingredient is the mountain-filtered water, making for some of the most sought-after ales, stouts, and sour beers in the southeast. With more breweries per capita than any other city, you’ll have plenty of options to consider.
Explore the beer scene by foot or on wheels. Many breweries are within walking distance from each other around downtown, but the Bruise Cruise will deliver you to the more remote breweries. Plus they can get you a behind-the-scenes peek at the operations. You can also pedal for beer on a people-fueled pub-cycle. Before you head home stock up on local flavors at our specialty beers shops like Bruisin' Alesor Tasty Beverage Company.
The Biltmore Estate
An enduring legacy of America’s gilded age, take a tour of George W. Vanderbilt’s winter chateaux, or better yet, upgrade to a special behind-the-scenes or rooftop tour. Head outside to explore the century-old gardens, go horseback riding, or biking across the many trails. The winery offers free tastings; however if you’re a fan of bubbly, then upgrade to a paid tasting (it’s worth it). There’s also great dining, shopping, and family activities available at Antler Hill Village.
Visit Biltmore Village, located outside the entrance of Biltmore. This former neighborhood for estate workers is now filled with great shopping, amazing arts and craft galleries, and delicious restaurants.