Tucked into the rolling foothills of the Appalachian Mountains is Hendersonville, North Carolina, which also serves as the county seat of Henderson County. Both Hendersonville and Henderson County are named for Chief Justice Leonard Henderson who served from on the highest court in the country from 1829-1833.
Referred to “Hendo” or “the City of Four Seasons”, Hendersonville is a magnificent little city about 25 miles south of Asheville, and a two hour’s drive from Charlotte. When you book an RV in Hendersonville, you can see the splendor of western North Carolina as well as enjoy a slice of America in a small, authentic town with a historic downtown area. The vibrant city center has been revitalized to capture the essence of its own history while becoming a sleeker and more accommodating city.
Hendersonville is also notable for its mineral mines, wineries, and apple orchards that often times allow visitors to pick their own produce. The North Carolina Apple Festival and the Apple Parade are both held in town each year and attract over 50,000 people.
Explore the Outdoors
Hendersonville has countless outdoor areas of all different varieties both in and around it. In town, Patton Park has almost every type of athletic court and recreational field as well as a few nature paths to explore.
William H. King Memorial Park and other parks around town offer lovely outdoor spaces to relax or have a picnic. Hendersonville even has the Oklawaha Scenic Trail which connects multiple parks in the area, giving you a great excuse to walk around town and take a tour. Jump Out Rock is a famous scenic overlook outside of town providing excellent views of the valley and mountains. There are multiple routes and trails to take to the top, where you can gaze upon the surrounding area.
Dupont State Forest is another place ideal for you and your Hendersonville camper rental, where kayaking, mountain biking, swimming, fishing, camping, and hiking to one of the six stunning waterfalls are popular activities. Nearly 83 miles of nature trails connect the mountain tops in the park so you can try to climb to as many as you can.
Green River Game Lands is a well-known hunting spot, but there are a lot of other things to do here as well. With its narrow river gorges and ancient old growth forest groves, there are too many places to cover in one day. The amazing Cavern Falls can be found after a lengthy hike, and are well worth the trip.
Hendersonville is surrounded by national forests in nearly every direction, so when you rent an RV here, you’ll be able to see it all. Pisgah National Forest and Lake James State Park border each other and both have thousands of acres of unspoiled and undeveloped land. Pisgah was one of the first national forests in the eastern United States and sits on land that formerly housed the Biltmore Estate which was later sold to the government by the Vanderbilt Family.
Cherokee National Forest near Johnson City is shared by Tennessee and North Carolina, and much like Pisgah, has lots of old growth forest and amazing hikes through ancient mountains. Nantahala National Forest is the closest of the nearby national forests to Hendersonville, and perhaps one of the most gorgeous stretches of land in the country. Nantahala contains half a million acres of extraordinary forests, mountains, rivers, and majestic waterfalls careening from high above on the rocky cliffs. Driving to any of these three national forests with a Hendersonville RV rental is a sure way to fall in love with the spectacular natural beauty of the Tarheel State.
The city of Hendersonville has plenty to explore. The historic downtown area has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1988. Boutiques, antique shops, art galleries, and many other family-owned businesses line the serpentine city streets where trees and plants tastefully decorate the space.
Since Hendersonville is known for its mining and gems, the Elijah Mountain Gem Mine is open for business and here you are able to take tours, purchase jewelry at the gem shop, look at some of the amazing findings, or even mine for your own gems. Speaking of gems, The Mineral and Lapidary Museum of Henderson County in the downtown area is another great place to visit when touring the town with the Hendersonville travel trailer rental. With minerals, dinosaur bones, fossilized dinosaur eggs, and gigantic geodes on display, this museum is a must see when renting an RV in Hendersonville.
The Henderson County Heritage Museum pays homage to the region and its cultural history by showcasing objects and exhibits pertaining to the county’s past. The museum is even housed in the old Henderson County Historic Courthouse which is an architectural masterpiece worth seeing in its own right.
RV Parks to Visit
Due to the surrounding mountains and forestland, there are seemingly endless places to park when you rent an RV near Hendersonville, NC. Red Gate RV Park has a fully stocked 2-acre fishing lake with available pole rentals so you don’t need to worry about bringing your fishing gear. A shaded dog park and heated bathhouse are also included on site.
Lakewood RV Resort is an adult-only place to park your Hendersonville luxury motorhome with large camping sites for even the biggest vehicles and a large heated pool. Town Mountain Travel Park accommodates travelers within its wooded park that stays cool even on the hottest days of the summer. Town Mountain is also a short walk from downtown Hendersonville so everything is within reach. Rock Creek Campground is one of many other parks near the Dupont State Forest and offers riverfront camping. National forests and state parks are usually safe bets for peaceful camping, too.