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8 Fantastically Fun Things To Do In Hendersonville, NC

Did you know that next to Asheville, you can find fantastically fun things to do in Hendersonville, NC? Explore museums, hiking, breweries, wineries, a historic downtown area, and apple orchards.

Before moving to Asheville, NC, we spent a long weekend enjoying the wineries, hiking, and touring the areas around Western North Carolina.

After trekking the gorgeous The Hunger Games waterfalls at DuPont, we grabbed lunch in historic downtown Hendersonville.

We instantly fell in love with the city, its chill vibes, and its friendly community. We even almost bought a house here.

We also stayed in Hendersonville while house hunting. It’s still one of our favorite cities to visit for food, festivals, and bevies — especially since it is only about a 40-minute drive from downtown Asheville.

So, what are the best things to do in Hendersonville, North Carolina? Why should you consider Hendersonville as an Asheville day-tripping option? And, why might you want to stay in Hendersonville?

As Asheville locals, we are sharing our top Hendersonville things to do, plus one or two items on our bucket list. Let’s get started!

*Please always double-check websites and hours for each establishment. Know that Hendersonville grows much busier on the weekends.

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Best Things To Do In Hendersonville NC with picture of the Henderson County courthouse
If you are looking for things to do around Asheville, NC, why not hike DuPont State Forest and head to Hendersonville for lunch? Then, tour the Hendersonville wineries, shops, and breweries. Here’s how:

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8 Fantastically Fun Things To Do In Hendersonville, NC

1. Tour Downtown

Historic downtown Hendersonville Mardi Gras purple bear sculpture
Downtown Hendersonville is full of shops, walkable streets, and outdoor dining. You never know what you’ll find like bear installations.

We just love historic downtown Hendersonville, which is filled with shops, cafes, bookstores, breweries, and restaurants. With quaint streets filled with al-fresco dining, the historic area is easily walkable with parking along the side roads.

A few notable Hendersonville places to check out:

Kilwins Hendersonville Chocolate case filled with confections
If you are a chocolate lover, don’t skip Kilwins in historic downtown Hendersonville.
  • Kilwins Hendersonville – A delicious small chocolate ‘factory’ selling confections and ice cream.
  • The Book & Bee Cafe and Tea (Brand New In 2021) – An English-style literary cafe and tea room serving lunch and afternoon tea. This is about a 6-minute drive from downtown.
  • Black Bear Coffee Co. – Delicious coffee to perk up your day.
  • Hendersonville City Hall – Constructed in 1928 and designed by North Carolina architect, Erle G. Stilwell, uncover historic artifacts.
  • Wag – A fun and extensive pet boutique.

Find more information about Hendersonville from Visit Hendersonville.

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2. Grab A Bite To Eat

Haus Heidelberg German Restaurant Hendersonville NC white brunette male with two plates of potatoes, meat, beer, and white
Nothing beats a delicious Wiener Schnitzel paired with a German beer after a hike.

Whether with friends or visiting family, we love to head to Hendersonville for some grub, especially before winery hopping or after a great DuPont waterfall hike.

A few Hendersonville restaurants that we’ve eaten at and enjoyed:

  • Postero – One of the first restaurants we ever lunched at in Hendersonville, find posh New American cuisine.
  • Umi Sushi – One of our all-time favorite sushi restaurants near Asheville, if we are staying in Hendersonville, we always eat here.
  • Mike’s On Main Street – Flashback to the past while munching on an egg salad sandwich. This 1950s-style restaurant offers breakfast, sandwiches, salads, burgers, and hot dogs. Don’t miss the historic soda fountain or outside Coca-Cola mural.
  • Hannah Flanagan’s Irish Pub – I think the name says it all, but we love a delicious drink at an Irish pub. You can also order burgers and Irish specialties.
  • Black Rose Public House – Another stellar Irish restaurant, they have a huge draft list and are perfect for corned beef around St. Patrick’s Day.
  • Haus Heidelberg German Restaurant – On the outskirts of downtown Hendersonville – you will have to drive here – find absolutely delicious German cuisine. Haus Heidelberg is another one of our favorites. Think brauts, Wiener Schnitzel, and German beer.

3. Wine Taste At One Of The Delicious Hendersonville Wineries

Stone Ashe Vineyards Tasting Room with mountain views out huge windows
One of the best things to do in Hendersonville, head to Stone Ashe Vineyards for a picnic, live music, or a wine tasting.

Living in Asheville — home to all of the beer — we love heading to Hendersonville for their infamous wineries.

A few of the best Hendersonville wineries include:

Stone Ashe Vineyards – One of the newer wineries in Hendersonville, Stone Ashe is one of our personal favorites. The inside tasting room offers gorgeous floor-to-ceiling windows. Or, bring your chairs and blanket for an outdoor picnic overlooking the vineyards.

Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards – Wine taste by the gorgeous fireplace or on their outdoor back patio. St. Paul was also one of the first wineries we ever visited in North Carolina. We love the live music and food trucks on weekends.

Point Lookout Vineyards – With amazing views, don’t miss sitting high up over the mountains while sipping delicious wine and munching on bites at Point Lookout Vineyards. They also offer mead tastings.

Sawyer Springs Vineyard – We enjoy Saturday winery yoga at Sawyer Springs Vineyard. A quieter, off-the-radar Hendersonville winery, staff is personable as well as extremely family and customer-oriented, which we love.

Things to do in and around Hendersonville wineries with brunette white female and male drinking red and write wine in chairs looking out at vineyard
If you are looking for things to do in Hendersonville, NC we highly recommend the Hendersonville and Flat Rock wineries like Marked Tree Vineyard. Photo by Sarah Resta Photography.

Marked Tree Vineyard – Technically, Marked Tree sits in Flat Rock, but you must go while touring the Hendersonville wineries. Find gorgeous vineyard views — even in the fog — small plates, and delicious wine in a modern and trendy building.

We’ve also visited the Hendersonville wineries after a morning of hiking Bearwallow Mountain and Trombatore Trails.

These Asheville wineries are nearby, too.

4. Enjoy A Craft Brew

Oklawaha Brewing Hendersonville NC with three brunette white people, 2 men and a woman, holding up craft beer glasses
We love Oklawaha Brewing, which is formerly Sanctuary Brewing.

Everyone always thinks of Asheville for breweries — which is true — but Hendersonville has quite a few local craft breweries, too.

We especially love Oklawaha Brewing (formerly Sanctuary Brewing). You’ll also find Triskelion Brewing, Southern Appalachian Brewery, and Dry Falls Brewing.

5. Apple Pick & Gorge On Cider Donuts In The Fall

Things To Do Hendersonville NC Apple Picking with pile of shinny red apples
Apple orchard hopping is a must in the fall in Hendersonville, NC.

Hendersonville, also known as “Apple Alley” is home to amazing apple orchards in Western North Carolina. If you are looking for the best fall things to do in Hendersonville, don’t miss bamboo forests, cider donuts, corn mazes, and slushies.

People always ask us which apple orchard we love the most. If you are running short on time, I’d pick one of these three:

Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard

At Stepp’s Hillcrest, find gargantuan sunflowers, apple picking, and a large corn maze. They make delicious donuts and cider, too.

Grandad's Apples Corn Maze with white male wearing a hat and red shirt walking through a corn maze
Get lost in a corn maze at Grandad’s Apples.

Grandad’s Apples

Explore a country store, get lost in their corn maze, and pick apples surrounded by those gorgeous mountains. 

Sky Top Orchard (Flat Rock)

Sky Top Orchard makes piping hot donuts on the spot, and they serve them fresh. Sky Top also has a bamboo forest, apple picking, tractor rides, and a barnyard with frisky goats.

We can never pass up a warm cider donut and slushie. Don’t miss these Hendersonville Apple Orchards For Your Fall Travels.

6. Stay At A Quaint B&B

1898 Waverly Inn Hendersonville NC Bed and  Breakfast white house with gray blue shutters at night
We loved our stay at the 1898 Waverly Inn, Hendersonville’s oldest Inn.

While you might want to pick a cabin stay or Hendersonville Airbnb, we personally love the 1898 Waverly Inn.

They have a delicious happy hour with local wine and beer. Mike is a wonderful host with endless Hendersonville suggestions (we found Umi because of him), and you can walk to the downtown area.

1898 Waverly Inn Bed and Breakfast Hendersonville NC living room with lamp, TV, and library filled with books
The true way to a former librarian’s heart is some coffee, happy hour, and a library…

Plus, there is a reading room with a library, and they serve a scrumptious breakfast. We stayed here while house hunting.

If the 1898 Waverly Inn is booked, right next door, The Charleston Inn looks charming, too. We haven’t stayed at this B&B yet, but we did take a peek.

7. Hike Nearby At DuPont To See The Hunger Games Waterfalls

High Falls DuPont Forest waterfall
High Falls at DuPont is magnificent after a rainy season.

If you are looking for things to do in and around Hendersonville, NC, don’t skip waterfall chasing at nearby DuPont State Forest.

DuPont is located between Hendersonville and Brevard, which makes this free area a great morning stop before heading into downtown Hendersonville.

Triple Falls DuPont Forest Waterfall Hikes
Triple Falls lives up to its namesake and is one filming location for The Hunger Games.

DuPont is pretty famous, too, as a filming location for both The Hunger Games and The Last of the Mohicans. We always recommend the 3-waterfall hike — Hooker, Triple, and High Falls — and/or the trek to Bridal Veil Falls.

Bridal Veil Falls DuPont State Recreational Forest waterfalls with brunette white woman wearing a hiking backpack and looking at the waterfalls
Another filming location, Bridal Veil Falls might look familiar from The Last Of The Mohicans.

If you hike all 4 waterfalls, it’s about 7-miles total. The first three waterfalls are only about 3-miles. Just Bridal Veil Falls would be 4.4-miles. You’ll find well-labeled maps and a visitor center.

Insider Tip: If DuPont seems like it is going to be busy, you could also hike the easy Bearwallow Mountain Trail or the more moderate Trombatore Trail.

Don’t miss our full Guide To DuPont Here.

8. Visit A Museum

Carl Sandburg Home white house with green grass and flowers out front
Don’t miss a visit or hike at the Carl Sandburg Home in nearby Flat Rock.

Hendersonville has quite a few museums and historic buildings to visit. A few notable ones include:

Have you visited Hendersonville, NC?

We just love Hendersonville, and we hope you do, too. What are some of your favorite things to do in Hendersonville? Where have you stayed and eaten that you loved? Let us know in the comments!

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