Blue Ridge Parkway: America’s Favorite Drive winds through 469 miles of historic and artistic discoveries, offering plenty of spots for roadside picnics, breathtaking vistas, all levels of hiking, cultural exhibits, and so much more.
Chimney Rock Park: A 26-story elevator or a network of trails takes you to breathtaking 75-mile views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The park also features a magnificent 404-foot waterfall and is only 18 miles from your cabin at Spring House Farm.
Folk Art Center: Our area is steeped in art and craft traditions; see area artists and a gallery of their work at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The museum and shop showcase traditional and contemporary Southern Appalachian craft in rotating exhibits, galleries, libraries, and auditoriums.
Gem & Gold Mining: Mine for gold or gems at the Thermal City Gold Mine, located on a one-mile section of the Second Broad River where actual prospectors are on hand to educate and assist in panning for gold and other hidden treasures.
Tryon International Equestrian Center: Built to celebrate the sport of horseback riding, the Tryon Equestrian Center features horse shows, shopping, competitions, and festivals year-round, all less than 30 miles from Spring House Farm.
Biking: Our quiet country roads provide an ideal spot for road bicycling along the 18-mile loop ride from the farm over rolling hills and by pastures and mountain views. Point Lookout Bike Trail, a 3.6-mile biking and walking trail in the nearby Pisgah National Forest, is another option for enjoying the beautiful mountain atmosphere.
Hiking: There are hundreds of great hiking trails in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. See our favorite mountain hikes to help narrow down your choices, or ask us about nearby trails to enjoy during your stay at Spring House Farm.
Horseback Riding: Ride a horse through peaceful trails or, for the more adventurous, you can swim with your horse on a two-hour river ride! Riverside Riding Stables offers all this and guided rides less than 10 miles from Spring House Farm.
Fly Fishing: Go fly-fishing with a guide or take a float fishing trip solo. Check out NC On the Fly for guided fly-fishing or wade trips in the Catawba River Tailrace below Lake James and in the North Toe, French Broad, and Nolichucky rivers.
Lake James State Park: With more than 150 miles of shoreline, Lake James State Park and its 6510-acre lake can accommodate every level of relaxation or adventure, from sunbathing and picnics, to swimming, boat rides, and water skiing.
Mt. Mitchell: Drive to the top of the highest peak in eastern America and enjoy the views from the peak observation deck. There is no fee for admission to the mountain, so plan a day to breathe in the mountain air from up to 6,684 feet.
Waterfalls: Brevard / Transylvania County is known as “Land of Waterfalls” and holds 250 magnificent cascades. And some of the most beautiful waterfalls are within easy driving distance of Spring House Farm, such as Hickory Nut Falls at Chimney Rock, and Linville Falls.
Whitewater Rafting: Take a wild, or relaxing, ride on the Nolichucky, Nantahala or French Broad rivers with USA Raft’s Mountain Adventure Guides, with experienced guides at the ready for any level of outdoor adventure.
Zip-Lining: Located near Lake Lure, Boulderline offers adventure proframs through guided zip line tours, climbing tower sessions, and for the über-adventurous, you can take a ride on their giant hillside swing.
Nearby Towns & Communities
Asheville: Visit RomanticAsheville.com to explore Asheville’s vibrant center with artisan and locally-owned shops, galleries featuring local artists, restaurants you won’t find anywhere else, a roaring fine and performing arts atmosphere, and wonderful architecture from the city’s hay day, only 30 miles away from Spring House Farm.
Black Mountain: From varied country cuisine to Appalachian-style craft stores and galleries, Black Mountain contains all the charms of a small town but still provides plenty of extracurriculars; the town houses a legendary 747-yard par 6 golf course and plays host to many popular festivals throughout the year. (Note: include link to Black Mountain Chamber)
Hickory Nut Gorge: Nestled in a 14-mile long canyon, Hickory Nut Gorge is a welcoming community with plenty of forests, waterfalls, and granite cliffs for the avid explorer. The town also features charming shops and peaceful walkways with which to wile away the time, located 20 miles from Spring House Farm.
Lake Lure: Relax on the shores of Lake Lure, rent a kayak, or take a guided scenic cruise around the scenery featured in the timeless classic film, Dirty Dancing. The lake is just 12 miles from Spring House Farm and hosts varying festivals and events throughout the year.
McDowell County: This county is rich in local, mountain community history as well as some stunning natural attractions. Within towns such as Little Switzerland, Marion, and Old Fort lies gem mining, skiing adventures, train depots, shopping and fine dining, and so much more. From Spring House Farm, the charms of McDowell County are a short drive away.
Rutherford County: Home to Lake Lure and Chimney Rock, Rutherford County is a short trip from Spring House Farms. With festivals for every season and a plethora of farms to visit such as New Beginnings Historic Farm, this small-town county has plenty of peaceful outings just waiting to happen.
Food & Drink
South Creek Winery: Visit nearby South Creek Winery at its delightful Italian Renaissance-style farmhouse and taste award winning Bordeaux wines. With panoramic views of the estate and vineyards, complimented by grazing horses, the temptation to spend an afternoon sipping fine wines may be irresistible.
Festivals & Entertainment
Shindig on the Green: Hosted on the lawn of Pack Square Park in Asheville, Shindig on the Green features a folk stage show as well as informal jam sessions on select Saturdays throughout the summer. Inviting locals and visitors alike, Shindig has been a staple event in the region since its inception in 1967.