wnc staycation

I am so thankful for where we live. We are surrounded by the beauty of the mountains. I can’t get enough of it. I feel so blessed to live here.

Summer time is a great time to live in the mountains. I am going to share some fun things (mostly FREE) to do in Western North Carolina. I am specifically focusing on Henderson and Brevard Counties (just south of Asheville).

WNC 5Dupont State Forest offer TONS and TONS of great, family friendly trails. We have ages 9, 7, 4 and 2 in our family. We try to go to trails that the kids can handle fairly well on their own or ones that are stroller friendly. Baby Girl does get to hitch a ride in the backpack carrier on the tougher trails.

Our favorite trails in Dupont include Hooker Falls (pictured above). It is a very short hike that ends at the water fall. Most days, the water looks like the picture above and the kids are able to splash around and swim in the river. Watch out for wildlife! Last time we went, we saw a black snake sunning itself on the rocks and a feisty crayfish! We also like to hike to Triple Falls, High Falls and Bridal Veil Falls. Fun fact… much of the first Hunger Games movie was filmed in Dupont!

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Holmes Educational State Forest is just down the road from Dupont and is a great FREE day for all ages. They offer several hiking trails that are kid friendly. The most popular is probably the one with the talking trees where kids can learn about the vegetation of the area. There is also a huge helicopter that fun to play around.

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The Carl Sandburg Home is located in Flat Rock and offers several hiking trails, the historic home of poet Carl Sandburg and a working goat farm. Kids can walk in and pet the goats. Spring time is great for visiting the baby goats! Be sure to check out the summer ParKids program that is FREE for ages 15 and under!

WNC 2The Carl Sandburg home has several hiking trails including the one pictured above that takes you to the top of Big Glassy Mountain.

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Jump Off Rock is located in Laurel Park near Hendersonville, NC. You can drive right up to this beautiful overlook. The sunset is amazing and the kids LOVE to play and run around. Several small hiking trails are located here as well. Take a picnic and enjoy the veiw. You can see South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee from the look out.

Head on over to the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and take advantage of their amazing FREE classes:

Week in the Water is offered several times during the summer. It is a week long class from 9 am – noon for ages 8-15. The learn about fly fishing, equipment, tying knots, casting techniques and more.

Week in the Woods is another that is offered several times. It a week long class from 9 am – noon for ages 8- 15. They learn about hunting, equipment, tracking, firearm and bow safety, archery and more.

Also in Brevard, you can check out the Cradle of Forestry which has FREE admission every Tuesday!

Back in Hendersonville, one of our FAVORITE things to do is the Elijah Mountain Gem Mine. You can mine for treasures in rain or shine! They also have a super fun gift shop. I could get lost in there for hours. They do birthday parties too!!!

A couple of FREE museums in Hendersonville include the Antique Toy Museum and the Mineral and Lapidary Museum.

This is only a small sampling of the MANY things you can do in Western North Carolina. We don’t have to go far to find a good time.

What are your plans for the summer? Will you be vacationing, staycationing, etc.? Comment Below and Let me know!

Western North Carolina Staycation

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