The Historic Hendersonville and Flat Rock Area offers cool mountains and warm Southern welcomes.
The area offers many family activities for children of all ages. These kid friendly outings are a great time for family bonding or a family reunion or group get-together. In the fall of the year many orchards offer children's learning activities, hayrides, apple picking and pumpkin patches. Late August through mid-November most orchards give tours and allow you to pick your own apples. Enjoy self-guided driving tours into the heart of scenic apple country in the spring blooming season and during the apple harvest. Visit one of the many roadside apple markets or produce stands located throughout Henderson County in the fall.
When you vacation in Henderson County, you become part of a historic tradition. Back in the 1820s, the town of Flat Rock became a summer retreat for wealthy Charlestonians who came to escape the sweltering heat, yellow fever and malaria of the South Carolina low country. The village became known as “The Little Charleston of the Mountains” and today the entire district of Flat Rock is included in the National Register of Historic Places. Spend your leisure time enjoying quaint Little Rainbow Row, studios, galleries, inns and restaurants. Flat Rock Playhouse is in its 57th year of producing professional live theatre from May through December. Delight in the variety of shows, including performances by the Flat Rock YouTheatre, and special events throughout the season.
Of special interest to history buffs is Connemara, the home of America’s poet, Carl Sandburg. Visitors can take a guided tour of the historic home, visit the dairy goat barn and stroll the five miles of trails of this 264 acre National Historic Site.
If waterfalls are your passion, you have to experience spectacular Triple Falls of DuPont State Forest plus High Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Hooker Falls, and scenic Lake Julia. Our many state and national forest areas have a variety of terrain to explore the great outdoors no matter your level of adventure from gentle hikes to backwoods mountain biking.
After the apple picking, hiking and sightseeing are over, it’s time to unwind in beautiful Hendersonville. The historic downtown features interesting brick architecture, delightful shops, locally owned restaurants, flowering planter boxes and farmer’s curb and tailgate markets selling farm direct products. Located within the downtown district, the Henderson County Heritage Museum, Henderson County Mineral & Lapidary Museum and Hands On! A Child’s Gallery offers insight in the history of the area as well as entertain and educate.
This is smalltown America at its classic best.
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