Flat Rock is a quaint and historic village located three miles south of Hendersonville (about 30 miles south of Asheville). It's home to the fascinating Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site Connemara, Flat Rock Playhouse, and some local shops, galleries, and restaurants.

Flat Rock dates back to when the Cherokee met on the great flat rock, which is still visible today. Flat Rock was established about 1807 and became the "Little Charleston of the Mountains" with summer homes to escape the heat. Many of those historic homes are now on the National Register of Historic Places. 

For 20+ years, The Wrinkled Egg (2710 Greenville Highway) has anchored Flat Rock's colorful corner. Find original Southern folk art, antiques, vintage treasures, women's clothing, local pottery, and stuff for kids. Just across the street in Flat Rock Square, find The Gallery at Flat Rock (2702A Greenville Highway) tucked away in the back with an impressive collection of fantastic art and craft. Firefly Craft Gallery (2689 Greenville Hwy) carries American-made local and regional fine crafts and folk art.

Hubba Hubba Smokehouse Flat Rock
(Photo Credit: Hubba Hubba Smokehouse)

Our favorite spots for lunch and dinner are Hubba Hubba Smokehouse (2724 Greenville Hwy) and Campfire Grill (2770 Greenville Hwy), with wood-fired meats smoked for hours, southern fare, local beer, wine, and cider, and more! Flat Rock is home to two bakeries, Flat Rock Bakery (2710 Greenville Highway) and Blue Ruby Kitchen (2702 Greenville Highway,  and a coffee roaster, ShareWell Coffee Co. & Roaster (2698c Greenville Highway). Our favorite Flat Rock restaurant for dinner is Season's at Highland Lake Inn.

Season's Highland Lake Inn Flat Rock
(Photo Credit: Season's at Highland Lake Inn)

For those looking to get outside, Flat Rock is the home of the Carl Sandburg Historic Site, which offers hiking trails, a farm with goats, historic home tours, and special events. Additionally, The Park at Flat Rock is a 66-acre park with a scenic 1.3-mile walking and running path. The park houses two playgrounds, a pavilion, and a pollinator garden. 

Each fall, a visit to Sky Top Orchard is a must for 22 varieties of apples and many activities on their farm. Read more.

Flat Rock Things to Do

Highland Lake Inn & Resort, Flat Rock

Resting in a country setting of 26 gently wooded acres, this inn and resort is just 25 minutes from Asheville and 5 minutes from Hendersonville. Amenities include casual fine dining at award-… read more

Resting in a country setting of 26 gently wooded acres, this inn and resort is just 25 minutes from Asheville and 5 minutes from Hendersonville. Amenities include casual fine dining at award-winning Season’s restaurant, seasonal outdoor pool, lake, nearby golf and lots of on-site outdoor activities. 52 rooms, cottages and suites, $109-$259 (depending upon the season), WiFi, bountiful breakfast…

Western North Carolina Air Museum

See award-winning restored, antique replica and vintage airplanes at the Hendersonville Airport. Take a close-up look to airplanes and talk to people who love them.

See award-winning restored, antique replica and vintage airplanes at the Hendersonville Airport. Take a close-up look to airplanes and talk to people who love them.

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site

This fascinating National Park Service site honors the accomplishments of Carl Sandburg and wife Lilian. Tour their home with all original furnishings, visit the goat farm and hike trails at… read more

This fascinating National Park Service site honors the accomplishments of Carl Sandburg and wife Lilian. Tour their home with all original furnishings, visit the goat farm and hike trails at Connemara. Many programs. Located in Flat Rock, just south of Hendersonville.

Flat Rock Playhouse

See a fabulous professional show at the State Theatre of North Carolina, about 30 miles south of Asheville, with an eight-month season of plays including Broadway musicals, comedy and drama.

See a fabulous professional show at the State Theatre of North Carolina, about 30 miles south of Asheville, with an eight-month season of plays including Broadway musicals, comedy and drama.

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