Farm Tours, Asheville, North Carolina

Farms to Tour near Asheville

Tour a variety of farms, including historic sites to see the homesteads of yesteryear and working farms of today (pic above: Dr King's Bison Farm).

Historic Farms
Biltmore Estate: Explore farm life in the early 1900s with interpreters and exhibits at Biltmore's historic Barn. Meet friendly animals in the Farmyard and stroll the Kitchen Garden. Step into Barn to learn about the everyday life of families who lived on the estate raising livestock, tending crops, and working at Biltmore Dairy in the 1890s. The Barn in Antler Hill Village is alive again with blacksmiths, woodworkers, and other craft demonstrations. In the Farmyard, get introduced to a variety of family-friendly animals. Read more about the Farm at Antler Hill Village.

Mountain Farm Museum: This historic farm is located at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center at the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on U.S. Highway 441 near Cherokee. It includes farm buildings, most dating around 1900, that were moved from their original locations throughout the Smokies to create an open-air museum. Explore a log farmhouse, barn, apple house, springhouse, and a working blacksmith shop to get a sense of how families may have lived 100 years ago. Read more about the Mountain Farm Museum.

Historic Johnson Farm, Hendersonville: Tour a 1870s brick farmhouse and 10 farm buildings now owned by Henderson Co. Public Schools as a museum of mountain heritage. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The farm is operated year-round as a education center and farm museum. Over 15 acres with nature trails, forests and streams. Farm is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from September through May, following the traditional school year calendar. The farm is open Monday through Thursday June through August, during the school system’s summer break. Tours for the public are at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM on operating days. Tour fees are $5 for adults. The grounds are free and open to the public for walking on operating days. See our Historic Johnson Farm Guide.

NC Mountain Working Farms
Apple Farms: Henderson County just south of Asheville is the largest apple-producing county in North Carolina, growing 65% of them. You can visit many orchards along US Highway 64, just a few miles east of I-26 (between Hendersonville and Bat Cave). The apple harvest season runs from late August to late October, and many of the orchards are open daily. See our NC Apple Orchard Guide. Also see Orchard at Altapass.

Christmas Tree Farms: Pick the perfect holiday tree at "choose and cut" Christmas Tree Farms near Asheville. See our Christmas Tree Farm Guide.

Buffalo Farm: Take a guided wagon ride through Dr King's 500-acre farm with roaming bison, watusi, camels and more. See our Carolina Bison Farm Tour Guide.

Wehrloom Honey

Wehrloom Honey (257 Willie Colvin Road, Robbinsville) harvests honey from millions of bees to create homemade lotions, soaps, beeswax candles and big variety of raw honey. Open Tuesday - Saturday 10-5.

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Hickory Nut Gap Farm: This farm is open the most of any and it's right along the highway between Asheville and Chimney Rock. See animals raised in their natural outdoor environment: pigs in the woods, cows in pastures eating grass and clover, and multiple species grazing together. Stop by their Farm Store (open year round - everyday in summer and fall) to buy grassfed beef and lamb, along with pork, chicken, eggs and apples. The Farm Store also has an array of locally made products, including Haw Creek Honey in flavors such as sourwood, locust, and wildflower, and jams and jellies. During September and October their activities include a corn maze, pumpkin patch, apples, and freshly pressed apple cider. Directions from Asheville: I-240 East, exit towards 74-A East, Bat Cave and Chimney Rock. Follow 74-A approximately 9 miles. Turn left on Sugar Hollow Rd.

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Wild Food Foraging Tours
Wild Food Foraging Tours
Take a "forage to table" tour with No Taste Like Home and play with your food. Our area is a Garden of Eden with over 300 wild edibles. During a guided tour, gather wild mushrooms, plants, and other “extreme cuisine.” Then a chef transforms your finds into a delicious meal. Their tours have been featured in many national publications and on Bizarre Food, the History Channel, PBS and more.
Farm Tours Asheville
Asheville Farm to Table Tours
Take a guided tour of fascinating, sustainable farms near Asheville. Meet the farmers, tour the mountain countryside and finish the day with a delicious lunch, personally prepared with ingredients from the farms you visited.
Christmas Tree Farm
Christmas Tree Farms
Pick the perfect Christmas tree for you home at a "choose and cut" Christmas Tree Farm near Asheville. After you find your tree, they cut it, bale it and tie it on your vehicle. See our favorite farms.
Winery Visits
Winery Visits & Tours
In addition to the nation's most visited winery at Biltmore, take a winery tour in the foothills area including the Hendersonville and Morganton areas. Sample the local wines while enjoying the mountain views. See our Top Wineries to see in western North Carolina.

More Farms to Visit!

Looking Glass Creamery
Sample goat cheeses at this small cheesemaker in Fairview. Read more about Looking Glass Creamery. Part of the WNC Cheese Trail

Deep Woods Mushrooms
Take a tour of this fungiculture and education center in the Pisgah National Forest. They are dedicated to the sustainable cultivation of edible and medicinal mushrooms, along with foraging and identifying wild edible mushrooms. Saturday farm tours in March-October. Wild mushroom hunts, classes and workshops also available for individuals or groups. Go to their website for info.

Hop’n Blueberry Farm 
This 7th generation family sustainable farm specializes in hops, butterflies, blueberries, medicinal herbs and pollination. Located in Black Mountain, the farm is open for tours on Saturdays at 1 PM for tours from May through early October. Special tours can be arranged at other times. Learn about the history of the 165-year old farm and how sustainable farming practices make the farm a success. They also do special hop tours for those that wish to grow them. The butterfly house is really kicking up by late June, and they do a tag and release of the monarchs and send them off to Mexico. Click here to visit their Web site

Cycle to Farm Bike Ride 
Bike to farms and sample their products on this challenging but fun ride tour. See our Cycle to Farm Tour guide. 

Looking Glass Creamery is must stop on the WNC (Western North Carolina) Cheese Trail. It is an easy 12-mile drive from downtown Asheville (on the way to... read more
June 25-26, 2016 Farm Tour
Here's your chance to visit farms in the Asheville area that are not normally open to the public. The Farm Tour will open 20 Appalachian Grown™ certified farms across... read more
Just 25 miles south of downtown Asheville is one of the country's top apple growing areas - and you can visit the orchards and farms for free! North Carolina is the 7th largest apple-producing state... read more
The Orchard at Altapass is a great stop along the Blue Ridge Parkway, at Milepost 328.3 (about 55 miles north of Asheville). It's between... read more
Take a safari-type farm tour to see Buffalo (Bison), Watusi, Camels and more animals you don't expect to see in the North Carolina mountains - just 11 miles from downtown Asheville! Dr. King's Farm (... read more