It’s a mountain town with lots of charm and plenty to entertain.

By Southern Living
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Henderson County Courthouse
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Hendersonville, North Carolina, is a great mountain town situated south of Asheville and just north of the South Carolina state line. Like so many of our favorite North Carolina towns, it’s surrounded by forests—Dupont State Forest, Pisgah National Forest, Green River Game Lands—and, as you would expect, has all manner of outdoor activities, overlooks, and hiking trails to go along with them. Hendersonville also has a great downtown with museums, shops, and restaurants. Read on for a few of our favorite things to do in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

1. Learn about the state’s aeronautical history.

The Western North Carolina Air Museum is located in Hendersonville, and its mission is “promoting and preserving our Carolina flying heritage.” It was opened in 1989 and you can still walk through the museum’s collection of planes and learn from the friendly staff.

2. Peek into 1880s North Carolina.

Hendersonville’s Historic Johnson Farm is a heritage museum where visitors can take self-guided tours, learn about the history of the home and farm, see the animals, picnic on the grounds, and walk the surrounding nature trails.

3. Take in the sights at Jump Off Rock.

Visitors love to stop at this scenic spot at the end of Laurel Park Highway. Jump Off Rock is a stunning overlook where you can take in the sights of the mountainous and forested landscape for miles. The point has places for photo ops, as well as nearby hiking trails and benches for picnic lunches.

Jump Off Rock in Hendersonville, NC
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4. See model trains.

The Apple Valley Model Railroad Museum has an enormous (22 feet by 100 feet) model railroad built in a picturesque Western North Carolina landscape. The Depot is open to the public on Wednesdays and Saturdays to see the model miniatures.

5. Shop and dine on Main Street.

Main Street in Hendersonville is filled with shops and restaurants. It’s a great place to wander and browse on a pretty day. Check out Black Bear Coffee Co., Shine, McFarlan’s Bake Shop, Mezzaluna, Mike’s on Main, McCarter Gallery, Dancing Bear Toys, Wine Sage and Gourmet, and Arabella. Also nearby are the Mineral and Lapidary Museum, the Hands On! Children’s Museum, and Underground Baking Co.

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Have you ever visited Hendersonville, North Carolina? What’s your favorite small town in North Carolina to visit?