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Located west of Hendersonville is the Town of Laurel Park which rises to an elevation of 2,000 feet. Laurel Park was incorporated in 1925. Laurel Park is a premier residential, retirement and vacation area featuring spectacular views of the mountains and valleys below.
One of the most popular attractions is Jump Off Rock, a scenic overlook at the end of Laurel Park that offers a panoramic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Pisgah National Forest. Jump Off Rock is named for a 300 year old Cherokee legend that when a young maiden heard that her lover had been killed in battle, she jumped off the cliff.
With a population of over 2200, the vision of the town is to preserve and enhance its unique quality of like making it the residential and small business community of choice in Western North Carolina.
The incorporated town of Mills River is a Town of some 6,622 persons, is the largest town in the county, located in western Henderson County near Etowah and Fletcher. There is a 5-lane highway that splits the Town in two, making easy access to a major interstate and a regional airport, and Mills River is one of the fastest growing areas in Western North Carolina. It is our desire to maintain the balance of our community, to protect our natural, historical and cultural resources and manage the growth of Mills River.
|Mills River is among the oldest communities in Henderson County with its first landholder receiving a deed from the State of North Carolina in 1787. Mills River was considered the seat of public education in Henderson County, and was once a thriving agricultural community, often called the “fertile crescent”.|
|Many families living here today are direct descendants of the early settlers of the Mills River area and Henderson County. Many continue to own land that has been in their families since the 1700’s. Jesse Rickman, William Mills, and other early settlers fought in the Revolutionary War.|
Mills River incorporated in 2003 in order to have more control over development by preserving the town’s farmland, homes and businesses. Since then, the town has implemented regulations for developers to control how the land is divided and zoned.
The Mills River Recreational Area is located near the entrance to Pisgah National Forest and is a popular day use area for hikers, fishermen and mountain bikers. The North Mills River Campground is open year-round with about 32 level campsites and a picnic area.
Etowah is located west of Hendersonville on US 64 near the entrance to Pisgah National Forest. Etowah is an unincorporated town with a population of over 2700 citizens. Etowah is the site of a surge in new residential development, as home buyers are drawn to its rural landscape.
The Etowah Valley Country Club offers three nine-hole courses, which provides a variety of 18-hole combinations. Sixty gardens and flowerbeds are spread throughout the property in addition to lighted putting greens, a driving range, a heated swimming pool, tennis, croquet, a clubhouse, bathhouse, fitness center and pro shop.
Fletcher is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. It lies between Asheville and Hendersonville in the northern portion of Henderson County. The Town of Fletcher was incoporated in June of 1989 and currently has a population of 7,187. It encompasses five square miles and is 2112 feet above sea level.
Located in Fletcher, the Asheville Regional Airport provides convenient non-stop service to Charlotte, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Houston, Minneapolis, Newark, and Orlando. Apple County Transit, an area bus line, connects Fletcher residents with the City of Hendersonville.
Fletcher offers a small town atmosphere in close proximity to the urban amenities of Asheville and Hendersonville. Fletcher continues to attract new residents because of its exceptional quality of life. The town prides itself on its caring, friendly community that is perfect for growing families, as wells as it growing economy, protection of open space and careful building practices to manage growth. As Asheville and Hendersonville continue to grow, Fletcher is in a prime location to benefit from both cities development.
The Western North Carolina Agricultural Center, located in Fletcher, is an exhibition facility with three arenas with show rings, warm-up rings and stall barns. It is also site of the North Carolina Mountain State Fair, held the first 10 days in September each year.
Fletcher Community Park located off of Howard Gap Road is a 60 acre park that includes two playgrounds, T-ball fields, youth soccer fields, an adult softball field, picnic areas, horse-shoe areas, disc golf course and a concession stand with restrooms. The park first opened in 1999 and completed its second phase in 2005. There are also five different walking trails throughout the park.
From our beginning as a gathering place for the Cherokee on the great flat rock to our establishment as a village in 1807 by wealthy Charlestonians, Flat Rock has always made a great destination.
Nicknamed “Little Charleston of the Mountains,” Flat Rock is now home to poets, playwrights, artists and entrepreneurs who invite you to explore Flat Rock and the surrounding area.
Hike our mountain trails, tour the home of Carl Sandburg, catch a performance at the Flat Rock Playhouse and enjoy a variety of shops, galleries, restaurants, historic inns and businesses.
To learn more about Flat Rock visit www.flatrockonline.com
Hendersonville has long been a mecca for those seeking almost perfect climate, beautiful surroundings and recreational variety. Surrounded by a sea of majestic mountains, Hendersonville is known as a beautiful, clean city, the “ideal retirement community”, and the City of Four Seasons. A place where you can be as active or idle as you wish, Hendersonville has attracted hundreds of families looking for a gentle climate, beautiful scenery, ample recreational facilities and friendly people.
Nestled atop a scenic mountain plateau high between the Great Smokies and Blue Ridge Mountains, Hendersonville is just a short drive up the Blue Ridge Parkway to Mt. Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi River. Major metropolitan areas are within a few minutes of Hendersonville.
With an economic base consisting of a well balanced mix of industry, agriculture, tourism and retirement, Hendersonville today is attracting people of all ages, with interests ranging from career advancement and business opportunity to the location of congenial surroundings for the retirement.
The largest street festival of the Hendersonville calendar is the annual North Carolina Apple Festival, culminating in the Apple Parade that regularly draws up to 50,000 spectators. Main Street Hendersonville is also home to a number of other festivals and special activities throughout the year.