Henderson County in Western North Carolina was formed in 1838. Hendersonville is the county seat, and is home to a wide variety of businesses including locally owned and operated shops to large cooperate businesses. The county has a large number of apple growers and are the traditional agricultural crop in the county and is the reason for the annual North Carolina Apple Festival held each fall. Towns located in the county include Fletcher, Laurel Park, and Mills River. Cities include Hendersonville and Slauda. The county is also home to the Flat Rock Playhouse, and the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site.
Transylvania County, The Land of Waterfalls, is located in Western North Carolina. Over half of the county is National and State Forest and public lands including Pisgah National Forest, Dupont State Recreational Forest, and Gorges State Park and is also the headwaters for the French Broad River. Over 200 waterfalls are found in the county and the area is known for exceptional outdoor recreation opportunities such as mountain biking, hiking, camping, fly fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and much more!
Arden is located in Southern Buncombe County and is located close to Transylvania and Henderson Counties. The area is close to Interstate 26 and the Asheville Regional Airport. Home to many different types of businesses, this area is known as a popular place to live for commuters working in Asheville and Hendersonville. With large retailers close by along with smaller locally owned businesses it's a popular shopping destination as well.
Cradled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Brevard is a cozy town filled with tremendous cultural and natural opportunities. Visitors from around the globe come to partake in our many music festivals, waterfalls, and cycling trails. Brevard plays host to six fantastic festivals and three cycling events annually. Pick one of these events if you need an excuse to visit. Of course, we’re just as much fun every other day of the year. Either way, we know you’ll be hooked. Brevard is so much more than it’s festivals and events. The quality of life in this community is unparalleled. People are nice here because they genuinely love where they live. Few places in the United States offer our unique combination of natural beauty, stimulating cultural experiences, and commitment to community
Just south of Brevard along Hwy 276 is the Cedar Mountain community. This area is historically known as one of the first areas settled in Transylvania County, and now serves as the primary access into Dupont State Park, famous for it's spectacular waterfalls, mountain biking, hiking, and horse trails. Dupont State Forest is over 10,000 acres and is home to Hooker, Triple, and High Falls, and has been named as a top destination for mountain biking by several top publications.
Etowah is located in Henderson County and is just across the Transylvania County line on Hwy 64E. The rolling terrain and gentle slopes offer excellent homesites and the area has grown into an affordable option for folks seeking more space and privacy. Etowah Valley Golf Course is a well known amenity that is frequented by many golfers throughout Western North Carolina. Easily Accessible from Brevard and Hendersonville, this area is a great option for home buyers.
The county seat of Henderson County, Hendersonville is known as the "City of Four Seasons". The town has a well preserved Main Street and downtown is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. Accessed from Hwy 64 and US Hwy 25, Hendersonville is a growing city with many revitalization and preservation efforts underway. The downtown hosts a number of festivals throughout the year, with the North Carolina Apple Festival over Labor Day weekend often drawing crowds of over 50,000.
Lake Toxaway is home to the largest privately held lake in North Carolina, a man made lake totaling 640 acres. The lake flows out over Toxaway Falls, visible from Hwy 64W in Western Transylvania County. The history of this area is rich, beginning in 1890 when Lake Toxaway was established. The lake was built and filled in 1902 and shortly after Southern Railway built a rail system from Asheville to access the area. In 1916, the dam gave way after heavy flooding, and remained empty until the dam was rebuilt in the 1960's. Today Lake Toxaway is one of Western North Carolina's finest communities.
Little River is South and East of Brevard and is best known for the rolling pastures, mountain views, and winding French Broad River scenes. This area is home to summer camps, agricultural uses, and farms. The open space along the river allows for long range mountain views to the Blue Ridge, and the adjoining Cascade Lake Recreation area is a popular destination for campers and fishing.
Mills River is located in Western Henderson County, and is a crossroads to Brevard, Hendersonville, and Asheville. A traditionally agricultural area, the many farms and fields along the river are filled with various vegetables and produce throughout the season. Recently the area has become active with industrial development including Sierra Nevada locating their East coast brewery in the community. Other breweries and industrial activities have followed.
Pisgah Forest is located just north of Brevard, NC and is the gateway to the Pisgah National Forest and access to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Pisgah Forest offers many different types of property including long range mountain views, waterfalls and waterfront properties, and is conveniently located to Asheville, Hendersonville, and Brevard.
The town of Rosman is located in southwest Transylvania County close to the state line with South Carolina. Rosman once served as the county seat and remains an active town with many locals enjoying long standing traditional restaurants and shops. Rosman has a public elementary, middle, and high school and serves the western half of the county.