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Hike along wandering trails. We are two miles from the Appalachian Trail and half a mile from the Laurel River trail. Maps available.
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Horseback riding in the beautiful North Carolina mountains at Sandy Bottom Trail rides. For more info.
Local craftsman excel at furniture making like those at Flow in Marshall, New Leaf Historical Woodworking and Fiddlestix in Mars Hill. At RiverDance we are working to showcase many of their works. For more info.
Wireless Hot Spots
Madison County Library, in Madison, Mars Hill and Hot Springs, (828) 649-3741
Zumas Coffee, 7 South Main Street, (828) 649-1617
Good Stuff 133 South Main Street, Marshall, (828) 649-9711
Well Bred Bakery and Cafe 26 N. Main, Weaverville, (828) 645-9300
Bruegers Bagels 671 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville, (828) 254-1560, 160 Hendersonville Road, (828)
City Bakery Cafe , 60 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, (828) 252-4426
Sandy Bottom Trail Rides, (800) 959-3513
Pig Pine Ranch, (828) 649-3176
Southern Appalachian Repertory Theater – Mars Hill, NC (15 miles)
SARTs purpose has been to produce quality theater by a professional non-profit company and to present plays concerning Appalachia that portray the rich culture and heritage of its people and to promote the development of original plays. 828-689-1384
Flat Rock Playhouse – Flat Rock, NC (57 Miles) One of the finest local playhouses in the UnitedStates. Highly acclaimed throughout the theater world. Flat Rock is the State Theater of North Carolina.
The North Carolina Stage Company – is an intimate off-Broadway venue in the heart of downtown Asheville, (828) 350-9090.
The Barter Theater – Abingdon, Va (95 miles), Barter is the State Theater of Virginia
The Montford Park Players, Asheville (828) 254-1320.
Asheville Community Theater, voted the “Best Theater Group in Western North Carolina”
NC Stage Company Theater, Asheville (828) 350-9090.
Asheville Bravo Concerts brings world renowed performing to Asheville featuring ballet, operetta, symphony and musicals, (828) 255-5887.
Unto These Hills tell the story of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee through music, drama and elaborate costumes (866) 554-4557.
The Asheville Ballet, (828) 257-4530.
Asheville Symphony Orchestra, (828) 254-7046.
Asheville Lyric Opera, (828) 236-0670.
Diana Wortham Theater offers the best in live theater performance, music and dance, (828) 232-1536.
The Brevard Music Center offers 80 music events ranging from Broadway to chamber music, jazz and more (828) 862-2100.
University of Tennessee Volunteers Knoxville (90 minutes)
Asheville Tourists , semi pro baseball
Charlotte Bobcats, NBA – Charlotte(3 hours)
Tennessee Titans , NFL – Nashville (4 hours)
Nashville Predators, NHL – Nashville (4 hours)
Carolina Hurricanes, NHL – Raleigh (4 1/2 hours)
Recreation and Hiking
Appalachian Trail, voted the most popular outdoor destination by Blue Ridge Outdoors, (828) 254-3708. Less than two miles from RiverDance
Laurel River Trail, less than 2 miles from RiverDance. The Laurel River Trail is an excellent (rare) level ground hike in
the Southern Appalachians.Beautiful scenery,a wild river and a distinct endpoint on the French Broad River. Old logging ruins, beaver signs and lots of “wildness” characterize this 4 hour walk. Best hiked in fall or winter. One of the best hikes around Hot Springs NC
Max Patch, On the Appalachian Trail, this 4,600-foot mountain was cleared and used as pasture in the 1800s. Today, it’s a 350-acre tract of open land on a high knob with 360-degree views. On a clear day, you can see from Mt. Mitchell on the east to the Great Smoky Mountains on the south. What a picnic spot! And great for star gazing and enjoying wildflowers.
Lovers Leap Trail, The hike is 45 minutes to 1.5 hours depending on how much time you take to enjoy the views, wild flowers, rhododendron and scenery. Individuals in moderate physical condition can enjoy this hike. Some paths are narrow.
Reems Creek Golf Club was designed by Hawtree & Son who developed Royal Birkdale site of the 2008 British Open (828) 645-4393.
The golf course at The Grove Park Inn was rated among the top 10 courses in North Carolina, (828) 252-2711.
For an overview of whats happening for kids go to www.asheville.macaronikid.com
Asheville’s Fun Depot offer family entertainment with go-carts, mini-golf, laser tag, batting cages and more (828) 277-2386.
Great Smoky Mountain Railroad offers a 4.5 hour trips in beautiful Western North Carolina (800) 872-4681.
Cherokee has a variety of attractions from the “Museum of the Cherokee Indian”, to the Oconaluftee Indian Village and the Qualla Arts & Crafts Cooperative, voted “Travel Attraction of the Year” by the Southeast Tourism Society for 2006, (800) 438-1601.
Grandfather Mountain is famous for its 260 degree views and the Mile High Swinging Bridge, (828) 733-4337.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Straddling the border between North Carolina and Tennessee, this is s thenations most popular park. It extends for 70 miles along the North Carolina/Tennessee border, (828) 497-1904.
Sliding Rock is the king of the swimming holes in the mountains, (828) 877-3265.
Tweetsie Railroad is a Wild West theme park featuring a three mile steam powered train ride, (828) 264-9061.
www.Hendersonville.com, a quaint town 20 miles South of Asheville
Dupont State Forest, a wonderful place to hike and visit waterfalls near Brevard
Asheville Buncombe Technical College, Your local community college with campuses in Asheville, Enka and
University of North Carolina at Asheville, The only designated liberal arts institution in the 16-campus University of North Carolina system
Brevard College, Founded in 1853, the oldest college in the mountains.
Western Carolina University, in Cullowee, part of the University of North Carolina system
Mars Hill University, ranked as one of the top 50 Comprehensive Colleges in the South, according to U.S.News & World Reports.
Magazines Focusing on our Area
Smoky Mountain Living
Our State Magazine
The Laurel of Asheville
Visit North Carolina – general information on visiting North Carolina
The Asheville Visitors Center – provides a wealth of information on things to see and do in and around town,
History and Museums
The Biltmore Estate, The largest house in America. An Asheville trademark.
Grove Park Inn, an upscale “Arts and Crafts” style hotel.
The Grove Arcade, A historic shopping area in downtown Asheville.
Thomas Wolfe Childhood Home
Colburn Earth Science Museum is an interactive earth science museum, (828) 254-7162.
The Carl Sandburg House in Flat Rock is wort a journey in itself, (828) 693-4178.
The Health Adventure is a fun-filled educational museum that sparks curiosity about health and science (828)
Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Centerfeatures a 24 minute move about the unique culture of the Blue Ridge, (828) 298-5330.
In Hot Springs
Town of Hot Springs, a resort destination since the early 1800s, has long been renowned for its healing mineral springs and scenic mountain setting.
Visit Hot Springs, details about the many activities in and around town.
The Hot Springs Spa offers a great way to relax and enjoy nature.
Trailfest – Celebrating the Appalachian Trial.
French Broad River Festival – The French Broad River Festival
Bluff Mountain Music Festival – Bring your dancing shoes
Iron Horse Station
Smoky Mountain Diner
Spring Creek Tavern
Town of Marshall, the county seat of Madison County.
Madison County Library System, A new building in Marshall houses the main library. Branch libraries are found in Hot Springs and Mars Hill. Join the Friends of the Library group to be part of the community.
Zumas Coffee, 7 South Main Street, (828) 649-1617
Sweet Monkey, 133 S Main St, (828) 301-0238
In Mars Hill
Town of Mars Hill, Resting amidst the rolling ridges and valleys of the picturesque and serene
Southern Appalachian Mountains is the quaint college community of Mars Hill,
Mars Hill University, ranked by US News and World report as one of America’s 50 best colleges. Mars Hill has a
rich 149-year heritage and a tradition of serving many thousands of young people from throughout North Carolina and the world.
Mars Hill Farmers Market, Held on Saturdays in Mars Hill College from April to December. Excellent choices of homemade jams, goat cheese, farm produce, arts & crafts.
Stackhouse, 14 S Main St, (828) 680-1213
Main Street Burrito, Main St, (828) 689-8899 .
Welcome To Weaverville, a charming small town six miles North of Asheville.
Well Bred Bakery and Cafe 26 N. Main, 828-645-9300
Stony Knob Cafe, 337 Merrimon Avenue, (828) 645-3309
Blue Mountain Pizza, 55 N. Main St, (828) 658-8777
The Twisted Laurel,
www.asheville.com, Guide to Asheville and the surrounding WNC area
The Center For Creative Retirement has the threefold purpose of promoting lifelong learning, leadership, and community service opportunities for retirement-aged individuals.
Southern Appalachian Craft Guild, Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway, wending it’s way from the Shenandoah National Park to the Great Smoky Mountain
National Park, this is one of the most scenic drives in the nation.
Asheville Botanical Gardens, preserving and promoting the native plant species and habitats of these mountains.
North Carolina Arboretum, A 434-acre public garden located within the Bent Creek Experimental Forest of
the Pisgah National Forest.
Asheville Art Museum, An innovative museum that houses 20th Century American art, with an emphasis on North Carolina work.
Habitat for Humanity Store, 30 Meadow Rd Asheville, NC 28803, Items, including furniture and home construction items are available for purchase to benefitHabitat.
Tupelo Honey Cafe, 12 College Street, (828) 255-4863
12 Bones Smokehouse, 5 Riverside Drive, (828) 253-4499
The Lobster Trap, 35 Patton Avenue, (828) 350-0505
The Corner Kitchen, 3 Boston Way, (828) 274-2439
Antiques Tobacco Barn, 75 Swannanoa River Rd Asheville, NC 28805, Consignment dealers offer a huge
selection of furniture, antiques and older items.
www.visitnc.com, General info about North Carolina