Small Towns Near Asheville
Chimney Rock Village is one of many beautiful small towns near Asheville. It’s located at the entrance to Chimney Rock State Park and next to Lake Lure. It’s a spectacular drive up the mountain and goes through the small towns Gerton and Bat Cave.
Black Mountain & Montreat
Black Mountain was voted by TripAdvisor as one of “Prettiest Small Towns in America”. It has spectacular mountain views and an abundance of shops and restaurants. Located only a few miles away is Montreat, the home of Billy Graham. Montreat is located in a beautiful valley and is best know for Montreat College, Montreat Conference Center and the former home of evangelist Billy Graham and his late wife Ruth Bell Graham. There are more than 20 trails in Montreat stretching over 30 miles.
Brevard is located at the entrance to the Pisgah National Forest. It’s is known for its white squirrels. No kidding! Keep your eyes peeled because you may see one. The downtown district has lots of unique shops and good restaurants. Nearby Brevard is the DuPont State Forest where the film Hunger Games was filmed. We enjoy taking the 3 mile round trip hike to Hooker Falls, Triple Falls and High Falls. Also near Brevard is the entrance to the Pisgah National Forest Scenic Byway with lots of waterfalls. Here’s a link to a map of some of the Hiking Trails and Waterfalls near Brevard.
Hot Springs is a 55 minute drive (42 Miles) from the Mountain House. If you’re fascinated by the Appalachian Trail, this is a must see. The Appalachian Trail runs right through town and you’ll most likely run into some thru hikers during your visit. The town of Hot Springs is also known for their hot mineral baths. The Hot Springs Resort and Spa has several Jacuzzi tubs built into private open air covered decks that overlook the French Broad River and Spring Creek. The jacuzzi’s are drained and refilled before every guest. We’ve found that the fresh mineral water leaves us feeling fantastic and rejuvenated after an hour long hot tub session.
Lake Lure & Chimney Rock
The town of Lake Lure is a little less than an hour drive from the Mountain House. It might be our favorite small towns near Asheville. The Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes you’ll find. It’s located in the Hickory Nut Gorge with beautiful mountain tops surrounding the lake. The view of Lake Lure from Chimney Rock is nothing less than spectacular. The very small town consists of some touristy souvenir shops and restaurants, but the surrounding beauty of the town makes Lake Lure so special. Located in the center of town is the flowering bridge and if you continue past town, it’s a beautiful drive along the lakeshore.
Hendersonville is about a 45 minute drive from the Mountain House. The downtown district is very nice with lots of great shops and restaurants located on Main Street. The downtown area has been restored with new roads, walkways and landscaping and is part of a Historic Preservation program to revitalize downtown districts. It’s the second largest town in Western North Carolina but quite a bit smaller than Asheville.
The fastest and most direct route to Waynesville is via I-240 and I-40 to US 23. It takes about 48 minutes. We like to visit Waynesville as part of a scenic drive via the Blue Ridge Parkway to US route 276. The winding road down the mountain from the Blue Ridge Parkway to Waynesville is very picturesque. The charming downtown district has many unique shops and galleries, some good restaurants and a couple brew pubs.
One of the closest small towns near Asheville is Biltmore Village. It’s located outside the entrance to the Biltmore Estate. The Village is a quaint little retail district with most shops and restaurants located in remodeled historic cottages and buildings. We like going to the Corner Kitchen for lunch and strolling around the village window shopping. The beautiful Cathedral of All Souls was built in 1896 by George Vanderbilt and was meant to be the centerpiece of Biltmore Village. The Cathedral is open to visitors to tour Monday thru Friday from 9am to 4m from April thru December.
This area of Asheville located mostly on Haywood Street just west of the downtown district has become the hipster side of town. Many excellent restaurants have opened recently that offer organic farm to table fare. One of our favorite breakfast/lunch spots is the Sunny Point Café. We highly recommend it! The River Arts District is located in West Asheville. There’s a long list of unique restaurants in West Asheville. Here’s a link to some more information about West Asheville.