The mild Western North Carolina climate and the defined four seasons in Henderson County allow for year-round outdoor activities at nearby attractions among the beautiful mountains.

DuPont State Forest is the most visited state forest in North Carolina, with six outstanding waterfalls and several lakes. The forest offers over 80 miles of trail, nearly all of which is open to both equestrians and mountain bikers.  It is also interesting to note that the recent blockbuster hit The Hunger Games was filmed here.

Pisgah National Forest is a great place for those interested in camping, picnicking, swimming, fishing, hunting, canoeing, rock climbing, rafting, tubing, and bird and butterfly watching.

The Great Smoky Mountain National Park, one America's most visited parks, offers many acres of forest, hiking trails, waterfalls, and a diversity of plant and animal life.

The Blue Ridge Parkway, "America's Favorite Drive" is filled with outstanding scenery and recreational opportunities such as campgrounds, picnic areas, trails and lodges.

Chimney Rock Park, in Lake Lure, NC is located at a soaring elevation of 2,280 feet with 75-mile views.

The North Carolina Arboretum is a wonderful resource for education and conservation, offers classes, workshops and nature walks.

The Carl Sandburg National Historic Site offers a guided house tour, a dairy goat barn and five miles of trails with over 500 species of vascular plants.

The French Broad River meanders through the area and provides opportunities for rafting, canoeing, kayaking, fishing and simply enjoying the surrounding forests of flowering dogwoods, poplars, and mossy sycamores.

Year-round Golf!
Pleasant summer days and mild winters allow golfers to enjoy the pastime all 12 months of the year. Our 10 local golf courses offer everything from lavish golf communities to open-after-dark par 3's, with many private and public, semi-private and resort options.

Champion Hills Golf Club
Crooked Creek Golf Club
Cummings Cove Golf & Country Club
Etowah Valley Country Club & Golf Lodge
French Broad Golf Center
Hendersonville Country Club
High Vista Country Club
Kenmure Golf Club
Orchard Trace Golf Club

Fitness Centers:

Henderson County Family YMCA
Since 1961, the Henderson County Family YMCA has been a vital part of our community with a tradition of providing a safe environment for all ages who seek a healthy lifestyle through programs and activities. The YMCA is your destination to make friends and reach your personal fitness goals.

Leila Patterson Center
In 2003 Fletcher Academy opened the Lelia Patterson Center to provide health, wellness services, aquatics services and fitness education and training to the greater Arden, Fletcher and Hendersonville area.