Flat Rock, North Carolina

Flat Rock, NC

Flat Rock is quaint and very 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 a time 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.  

Flat Rock BBQ

Our favorite spot for lunch is the Hubba Hubba Smokehouse (2724 Greenville Highway) with wood-fired meats smoked for hours. 

Season's at Highland Lake Inn

Our favorite Flat Rock restaurant for dinner is Season's at Highland Lake Inn.

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
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... read more
Flat Rock Playhouse
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.
Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
This National Park Service site honors the accomplishments of Carl Sandburg. Explore the historic home, and visit the farm and trails at Connemara. Located in Flat Rock, just south of Hendersonville.
Western North Carolina Air Museum
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.

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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