Falling Creek Camp is in a unique place, nestled on the edge of the Appalachian Mountains, and surrounded by several amazing towns and cities. Here are some awesome things to do and places to see while you start to plan your drop-off and pick-up plans this summer. If your boy is at the one-week session, make a vacation out of it!
Falling Creek is located in Tuxedo, NC, just south of Hendersonville. Hendersonville is a cool town with some wonderful restaurants, shops, and places to stay. The Flat Rock area in Henderson County is full of some awesome golf courses if you enjoy spending your day on the green. The Flat Rock Playhouse is a cute local theater with shows playing weekly and just down the road from them is the Carl Sandburg House with some wonderful hiking trails and tours of the historic home.
My favorite recommendation is Downtown Hendersonville which is perfectly set-up for an evening stroll, dinner, and dessert at one of the many delicious local restaurants or make an afternoon out of it with shopping the many local shops.
For places to stay, Hendersonville has several bed and breakfasts and hotels, but to point out some local favorites, the Mountain Lodge in Flat Rock gives 15% off to camp families. For a more elegant stay, the Highland Lake Inn is a gorgeous resort with the option to rent cottage, cabin-like rooms, or their hotel-like rooms. Another is the Orchard Inn which is a highly rated bed and breakfast.
Brevard is in Transylvania County, located just west of Henderson County. With an easy 30 minute drive, you can quickly be stolling in downtown Brevard, eating the best ice cream you have ever tasted, or hiking some of the most beautiful trails found in Western North Carolina.
Whether you want a quick walk to a roaring waterfall or a nice 2-mile stroll through meandering trails overlooking some Appalachian valleys, Transylvania County is known as the land of waterfall and has two amazing state parks. Pisgah National Forest and Dupont State Forest will easily keep you busy for hours to days.
If you like your adventure by car, then continue on Hwy 276 through Pisgah National Forest, and you will eventually enter the Blue Ridge Parkway which is well worth the drive. At the top of the Appalachians, you can drive the winding roads with many overlooks and hiking trails just off the road. And to make your trip beyond perfect, once at the top, make your way to the Pisgah Inn dinner and watch the sunset over the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Pisgah Inn is one of the most highly rated inns in the entire US.
Transylvania County is known for its rivers, including the French Broad and the many forks that enter it. If you like to cast the line, this is the place to do it! Davidson Outfitters takes guided fishing trips daily! You will not be disappointed with their service whether you are a pro at fly-fishing or have never picked-up a rod before in your life! If you would rather stroll the rivers on your own, stop by and see them and they will be happy to direct you to the best rivers and holes.
If you are not feeling adventurous, Downtown Brevard is packed with local shops, delicious cuisine, and a historical movie theater which is always playing current popular box-office movies.
If you have not heard of Dollys Dairy Bar then this needs to make it to #1 on your priority list. They will have by-far the best ice-cream you have ever tasted. Two, highly rated restraunts in downtown are Falls Landing and Mayberrys.
Asheville is north of Hendersonville and is a very popular place to visit. It’s unique, artsy feel, dozens of local breweries, delicious restaurants, and historical houses, it is so easy to make a vacation out of Asheville.
If you have never been to the Biltmore Estate it is time to make an extra day out of your visit to North Carolina. A tour of the historical home is just a small part of your visit. There is shopping, a winery, hiking, biking, fishing, horseback riding, etc. The list goes on forever. You can even stay at the Biltmore Inn right on the estate property.
The Grove Park Inn and Spa is another beautiful place to stay in Asheville. If you want to relax, eat delicious food, and possibly hit a round of golf, this is the place to go!
If you are looking for something fun to do with the kids, zip-lining is a great option. is the way to go! There are many awesome canopy tours in Asheville.
With such a wide variety of local cuisine options in Asheville, it is so hard to pick the best, so I recommend that you investigate your options! There are many great restaurants from farm-to-table restaurants, breweries and cidaries, southern-style and the list goes on!
This list is just the beginning of what you can do while visiting Western North Carolina. For more information on local attractions, please visit our website and scroll down to the bottom of the page or give us a call. We would love for you to experience what we call home!
If you have other recommendations, please add them in the comments below!