As part of the Asheville Metropolitan Area, our region’s population has grown over 1.5% every year for the last 45 years. As a new resident, you’re in good company here. You will find friends in a growing population of young people and families that have recently moved to Western North Carolina for our distinctive culture, incredible access to outdoor recreation, and our rapidly growing, diverse economy.
The Town of Mills River is an expansive agricultural community known for its open pastures, rolling hills, and the winding French Broad River and Mills River, which meander through the area. Residents of Mills River enjoy low density residential communities, views of Pisgah National Forest, and easy access to other parts of the region such as Brevard and Asheville. Northern Mills River is a major employment center serving the heart of the Asheville Metro Area. In addition to its outdoor recreation access, Mills River offers a large park with amenities for both humans and their four-legged friends. Learn more →
One of the fastest growing municipalities in one of the fastest growing metro areas in the Southeast, the Town of Fletcher is smack-dab in the middle of the region. It is located between the City of Hendersonville and the City of Asheville, directly off Interstate 26 and Highway 25. Fletcher has a little bit of everything: eclectic dining, major employers, vibrant neighborhoods, charming apartments, natural greenways, and the very popular Bill Moore Park. Learn More →
3. Laurel Park
The Town of Laurel Park is known as the small town on a mountain, but that would be selling the charm of this residential community short. Laurel Park, historically a vacation destination and mountain retreat, has transitioned over time to support high quality mountain living. Laurel Park boasts three parks (one of which includes a spectacular overlook called Jump Off Rock) and gorgeous mountain vistas from your front porch. A recent influx of young families has moved into Laurel Park marking the community’s transition away from a retirement destination. Learn More →
The City of Hendersonville is the commercial and economic center of Henderson County and is no stranger to national recognition for its iconic Main Street and mountain charm. Historic Downtown Hendersonville offers a variety of dining, shopping and nightlife opportunities, live music during the summer months, and a full schedule of annual street festivals. Be sure to check out Historic Seventh Avenue District for even more to see and do or visit one of the several museums along Main Street. Learn more →
5. Flat Rock
The Village of Flat Rock is a charming historic residential village three miles south of Hendersonville. Once a trading post for Cherokee Indians, it’s home today to the Carl Sandburg National Historic Site, the Flat Rock Playhouse (the state theatre of North Carolina) the expansive Flat Rock Park and some of the most popular restaurants and shopping destinations in Henderson County. Flat Rock offers several premier residential golf communities and is the crossroads to the vibrant summer camp industry that flocks to Henderson County during the warmer months. Learn more →
We are lucky enough to experience four seasons, and as a new resident, you will make connections in a growing population of young people and families that have located to the area to enjoy the abundance of outdoor recreation. Despite an elevation of 2,152 feet, our winters are mild, and we are fortunate to be able to escape the summer heat!
This is a place deeply invested in its citizens and their overall quality of life. Our county has long been devoted to providing its citizens with top-tier schools for their children and flourishing infrastructure in both the city of Hendersonville and the surrounding areas. Living in Henderson County is unlike anywhere else. Nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, Henderson County is home to a variety of unique, locally owned restaurants and businesses, world class craft beer, and endless, year-round outdoor recreational activities.
Dupont State Forest
Pisgah National Forest
WELLNESS & RECREATION
Western North Carolina is the outdoor hub of the east coast and Henderson County is in the middle of it all. Dupont State Forest is an acclaimed mountain biking, hiking and waterfall lover’s paradise (Best Part: you can be on a Dupont trail in less than 20 minutes from Downtown Hendersonville.) Pisgah National Forest is one of the most visited National Forests in the country and offers multiple trailheads, recreation areas and pristine trout fishing streams in Henderson County.
Pisgah National Forest
DuPont State Forest
Florence Nature Preserve
Green River & Green River Gamelands
Lazy Otter Outfitters
French Broad Adventures
Pura Vida Adventures
PARKS GREENWAYS & BEYOND
Cane Creek Greenway
Carl Sandburg National Historic Park
Rhododendron Lake Nature Park
Henderson County Community Parks
Mills River Town Park
Bill Moore Park
Other Nearby Attractions
Mt. Mitchell State Park
Nantahala Outdoor Center
Nantahala National Forest
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Headwaters State Forest
Jones Gap State Park
DINING & LIBATIONS
Over the past decade, Western North Carolina has transformed into the epicenter of the craft brewing industry in the US. We don’t say that lightly, instead we let our beer tell our story: Sierra Nevada Brewing, New Belgium Brewing and Oskar Blues Brewing all call our region home, as well as hundreds of smaller operations in communities throughout the region. Learn more →
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ARTS & CULTURE
From the Rhythm & Brews Concert series in the summer, to the Garden Jubilee and North Carolina Apple Festival that take over Downtown Henderson for entire weekends, there is almost always something going around Henderson County to enjoy. We have community-wide public art projects, weekly bluegrass jam sessions and open mic nights, and the state theatre of North Carolina offering our residents an endless supply of entertainment from the stage.
Downtown condo? A porch with a view of the mountains? An apartment with all the amenities? We have a little bit of everything in Henderson County to match your needs. Once you have settled on which part of Henderson County you want to live in, it is time to find a place to lay your head. Our median house value in $203,400, a little lower than the national average and our median sales price is $279,900. You’ll find Henderson County to be an attractive place to live, while offering amenities that most places don’t.
Henderson County Public Schools consistently ranks within the top 20 school districts in North Carolina across different ranking systems and sources. With an enrollment just shy of 14,000, Henderson County Public Schools saw an average SAT score of 1114 in 2019, which is well above the North Carolina average of 1091 and the US average of 1059. The average Henderson County ACT score was 19.1, compared to the state average of 18.4. Additionally, students enrolled in Career & Technical Education tracks earned 3,362 CTE credentials in the 2018-19 school year.
There are an abundance of four-year colleges and universities within a 150-mile radius of Henderson County ranging from major public research universities to small liberal arts colleges. There is no shortage of higher educational opportunities for Western North Carolinians. Learn more →
Henderson County is home to 23 public schools, including 13 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, and 6 high schools. With one of the highest state graduation rates, the Henderson County Public School system provides an opportunity for all students to learn in a safe and supportive environment and succeed in their educational goals. Learn more →
Henderson County has 8 accredited K-12 private schools, including independent religious and non-religious affiliated charter schools as well as boarding schools.
There are many excellent options for childcare in Henderson County. Parents with young children have the option of full day, as well as half day childcare programs and after-school programs. Learn more →
Henderson County is home to a robust cluster of over 130 advanced manufacturing companies and an agricultural foundation that helped establish the community as a destination for high-tech greenhouse production of various crop products. Professional Services such as Engineering, Financial Services, and Technology all blossom in Western North Carolina due to this robust manufacturing sector. And two major hospitals: Pardee UNC Health Care and AdventHealth that engage in innovative ways to maintain the well-being of community members, and also provide healthcare workers a supportive work environment with constant opportunities for professional growth. To learn more about available jobs in Henderson County, visit hendersoncounty.jobs and ncworks.gov.