About Western North Carolina
Asheville | Hendersonville | Brevard | Lake Toxaway | Cashiers | Highlands | Waynesville | Weaverville
Asheville is a vibrant, eclectic city in the heart of the Blue Ridge mountains. Downtown Asheville is full of shops, galleries, restaurants and music venues. Just south of downtown is the popular Biltmore Estate where you will find the largest privately owned home in the U.S. open to the public for tours. Also nearby is the North Carolina Arboretum and Bent Creek Experimental Forest surrounded by Pisgah National Forest.
Hendersonville is located 22 miles south of Downtown Asheville and is the 2nd largest downtown in Western North Carolina. Chartered in 1897, historic architecture abounds along Hendersonville's charming Main Street sporting many restaurants, antique shops and boutiques. Just outside of Hendersonville is the Village of Flat Rock. Here, the Carl Sandberg National Monument features the historical author's home and farm. Also in Henderson County is DuPont State Recreational Forest and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.
Brevard is conveniently located at a crossroads of forests where where you can enjoy mountain biking, hiking, fishing and horseback riding and more. Brevard is bordered by Pisgah National Forest and not far from Dupont State Recreational Forest and Gorges State Park. Brevard is also a vibrant hub for arts and music. Known as "The Land of Waterfalls," it boasts more than 250 waterfalls in the area. Brevard is also known for white squirrels. These special little creatures have flourished in Brevard since escaping a Florida carnival in the 1950s.
Lake Toxaway, the largest private man-made lake in North Carolina, was created 1902 to help draw visitors to the area. Since then, Lake Toxaway has developed into a fabulous community with vacation and year-round homes, a place where people can escape the pressures of everyday life. Fishing, boating, skiing, and sailing are popular activities, as well as hiking in the nearby wilderness areas that total more than 10,000 acres.