Recreation and Activities

Living or owning property near Asheville NC puts you right in the heart of the great Western North Carolina Attractions like the Biltmore Estate NC, the NC Arboretum, the Dupont and Pisgah National Forests, and the Cradle of Forestry in America. Far enough away from the hustle and bustle that come with suburban and city dwelling, Cummings Cove is tucked away in one of the most beautiful valleys of Western North Carolina. Known as one of the best kept secrets of the southeast, people flock to this region to relax and get away and enjoy all that the splendid outdoors have to offer. In addition to activities like hiking, biking, rock climbing, fishing, horseback riding, and whitewater rafting, residents and homeowners who own Real Estate here can also enjoy the 18 hole regulation golf course located inside our North Carolina Golf Community. Read below to learn more about the fun things to do in Asheville NC and explore all that our region in Western North Carolina has to offer. If you are looking for Homes and Land in Asheville NC browse our NC Mountain Land For Sale located in our Gated Golf Community.  One of the best Private Golf Course Communities in the state, our development has several available NC Mountain Land for Sale lots and affordable priced, custom Asheville NC Homes for Sale.

Biltmore Estate in Ashevillebiltmore

The enormous estate of George Washington Vanderbilt is one of the country’s most visited historic attractions and it is a place that you simply cannot enjoy in its entirety in one short day. Known as America’s castle, this sprawling 8,000 acre estate features in its borders the opulent 175,000 square foot home that it is noted for, as well as a working farm, an award winning winery, a large equestrian facility, and acres and acres of gardens and preserved lands. Many visit during the holiday season in December to see this magnificent estate immaculately decorated for holiday events. Be sure to bring along your camera and walking shoes. The estate can be enjoyed in less than 3 hours, however most visitors will want to stay and enjoy the numerous activities and free tours of the outbuildings. Activities like hiking, horseback riding, fishing, and camping are allowed on the premises. The Biltmore Home is located at 1 Approach Road right in the heart of Asheville NC’s beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Call 828.225.1333 for information on tours.

NC Arboretum

Asheville’s NC Arboretum is a magnificent 434-acre public garden owned by the state of North Carolina. Home to more than 65 acres of immaculately designed gardens and 10 miles of forested walking and hiking trails, the NC Arboretum is a great place to spend a few hours or endless days of discovery. Special gardens like the Blue Ridge Quilt Garden, the National Native Azalea Repository, and the unique Stream Garden have been recognized in numerous gardening and landscaping publications, and the NC Arboretum center hosts numerous fun and educational programs for children. If you love gardening or just the beautiful outdoors, the NC Arboretum is an Asheville Attraction you will appreciate. Located at 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way in Asheville; you can call 828.665.2492 for visitor information.

WNC Nature Center

Settled on more than 40 acres of beautiful mountain land, the WNC Nature Center is an indoor and outdoor educational center where families can explore and learn more about the native wildlife in the area. Home to a pair of adorable otters, Oscar and Ollie, and a native hoot owl, Professor Hoot, the WNC Nature Center hosts a variety of educational programs and sponsors and conducts a Red Wolf re-introduction program. Visitors to the center can check out engaging exhibits and meet the animals. Don’t miss the opportunity to see some rare and endangered animals. Visit the WNC Nature Center at 75 Gashes Creek Road in Asheville; call 828.298.5600 if you are seeking more information.

Asheville’s Historic Trolleyhistoric

The historic downtown Asheville Trolley takes riders on an 80 minute excursion through all of the major areas in downtown Asheville NC. Hop aboard and enjoy seeing spots in the city like the historic Montford District with its charming Queen Ann style homes, the luxurious Grove Park Inn and Spa, Thomas Wolfe’s Museum, the Grove Arcade and the shops at Biltmore Village. Tour guides are knowledgeable and friendly and do a great job providing tidbits about the area that you might not know. A fun and creative way to spend the afternoon, the Asheville Historic Trolley station is located at 37 Montford Avenue; call 828.681.8585 to catch a ride.

Thomas Wolfe Memorial

Critically acclaimed Pulitzer Prize winning author, Thomas Wolfe grew up in downtown Asheville NC in a large family that operated a boarding house and graveyard marker business out of a beautiful Victorian home known affectionately as the Old Kentucky Boarding House. He went on to become a recognized literary figure writing novels such as Look Homeward, Angel which is believed to be largely autobiographical. His boyhood home has become one of the most visited Asheville landmarks; a place where visitors can view Wolfe’s bedroom, his young brother Tom’s room, the sun parlor and piano room, and the glorious kitchen and dining rooms. Located at 52 North Market Street in downtown Asheville, those wishing to visit can call 828.253.8304 for more information.

Smith-McDowell House

The Smith-McDowell Home in Asheville has the distinction of being Asheville’s oldest home (circa 1840) and as such, visitors can tour its grand main house and tour the grounds that were designed by historically famous horticulturists, the Olmstead brothers. Located at 283 Victoria Road in Asheville, those interested in touring should call 828.253.9231 for more information.