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Just 25 miles southeast of Asheville is Chimney Rock Park and the cool mists of Hickory Nut Falls. With 75-mile views, a 400+ foot waterfall, and hiking trails galore, it’s a great family vacation destination.

The great American poet, Carl Sandburg, spent a lifetime exploring what it meant to be an American. He did this through poetry, song, lectures, writing and lasting friendships with kindred spirits. Now the Carl Sandburg Home in Flat Rock is open to the public for a unique visit into the past.

The Bullington Horticultural Center in Hendersonville provides hands-on education in horticulture to students, youth clubs and adults. This public botanical garden includes herb, butterfly, mountain habitat, and perennial border gardens. Its mission is to educate and inspire children and adults in horticulture.

The 103 year-old Historic Hendersonville Train Depot is now occupied by the Apple Valley Model Railroad Club. The 40+ member club has constructed a main yard in Asheville with trains to Spartanburg, Spencer, Hickory, Lenoir, Mortimer and Edgemont.Train operators walk around and follow their trains, Track signals help members to safely operate their trains.

Spanning 100+ years of forest conservation, the Cradle of Forestry in America offers a snap shot of America’s first school of Forestry along the Biltmore Campus Trail. Take a picturesque walk along the Forest Festival Trail with a restored 1915 logging locomotive, or take a helicopter with firefighters on their way to a roaring fire in the wilds of Idaho.