Go to Moonshine Mountain Snow Tubing. It has 3 lanes in which you are pulled up by your tube leash hooked to a pulley. Once on top of the mountain, you sit on the tube and down you go until you run into an embankment and back down again. They have a trailer that sells BBQ and a warm place by the fire to eat or thaw out. There is also a fire outside to keep warm.
The cost is $25 per person for 2hrs. It's worth the money and probably better if you went during the week because of the crowds.
They also have a photographer that takes pics that can be purchased. Of you while sliding down the mountain.
pictured is the margarita grill on main street in the hendersonville historic district. main street has numerous shops, restaurants, and bars. there are two museums on main street and scores of historic buildings. the hendersonville historic district is a very nice place to visit in the asheville area.
the mast general store in hendersonville is one eight mast stores in the smokey mountain area of north carolina. the original mast general store was founded by henry taylor in valle crucis in 1883 and was called taylor and mast. w.w. mast bought out taylor in 1913 and the name was shortened to the mast general store. the hendersonville store is located in a historic 1905 building on main street. the decor of the mast stores are turn of the 20 the century and many of the store fixtures are antiques. the mast general store sells gifts, outfitter apparel, candy, books, and general merchandise. a very interesting store to visit when in hendersonville.
the henderson county visitor center is located on main street in the heart of hendersonville's historic district. the visitor center is a good first stop on a visit to hendersonville to get information on the attractions of hendersonville and henderson county.
The Western North Carolina Air Museum (WNC Air Museum) claims to have been organized in 1989 but also to be the oldest aviation museum in North Carolina. I do not know how they define organization but there is a collection of vintage aircraft and a museum at the Charlotte airport which has been there for at least 30 years. I must do some research.
Anyway, I drive through Hendersonville relatively frequently and have even been to the airport but did not know until this week that the WNC Air Museum even existed and I was astonished to learn about their aircraft collection and a seemingly wonderful event which I have just missed this year but will put on my agenda for the first weekend next June.
They only own 14 aircraft but six of them are of 1930s vintage and two are even older. Charlotte cannot match that.
During the first weekend of June they have a free Air Fair where the normal museum are joined by other aircraft and put on display for all comers. You can climb into and over most of them and you can even get rides in some of them for about $30 per ride. The biggest reason that I am disappointed to have missed this year's Air Fare is that they had a very rare ornithopter on display. Although these contraptions never really flew, I am almost certain that any aviation buff has seen them on TV. Those who are experts on word origins may have recognized that this plane had something to do with birds "orni-." They were designed to fly like birds by flapping their wings. I hope that it is back next year.
You can't leave Hendersonville without checking out the beautiful Chimney Rock Park. Located about 25 miles south of Asheville, Chimney Rock was a site for filming "The Last of the Mohicans." It's a pretty good hike to the top of the "chimney," from which you can see the Blue Ridge skyline ahead and the valley below. If you're feeling energized, hike to Hickory Nut Falls and cool off. If you're hardcore, go ahead and hike to the top of the falls.
the henderson county heritage museum is located in the historic 1905 henderson county courthouse. a good place to learn about the history and culture of the hendersonville area.