Buncombe County is home to over 173,000 residents. Traditionally, art and cultural events are an important part of life in Buncombe County. Home to the Asheville Symphony and Civic Ballet, blessed with fresh mountain air, an abundance of natural resources, good schools, good government, and a rich heritage, Buncombe County offers an excellent location to industry and families seeking a new home. The people of the area exhibit a pride in their culture that is evidenced in the schools, the home, and the tot al community. The people of this community have a love for their land and heritage that is quickly acquired by those who discover the riches of mountain living.
Buncombe was formed in 1791 from Burke and Rutherford. It was named in honor of Colonel Edward Buncombe, a Revolutionary soldier, who was wounded and captured at the Battle of Germantown, October 4, 1777, and in May, 1778, died a paroled prisoner in Philadelphia. It is in the western section of the State and is bounded by McDowell, Henderson, Haywood, Madison, and Yancey counties.
North Carolina Arboretum - The 426-acre site is nestled in one of the most beautiful natural settings in the United States. Mountain peaks bound the property's visual perimeters and 1.8 miles of the Bent Creek stream run through the center of the Arboretum.
The Botanical Gardens at Asheville is an independent non-profit organization housing a collection of plants native to the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Our admission is free, but donations are appreciated and memberships are encouraged. Our facilities are here for you to enjoy, from learning to identify native plants to holding your activities such as plant walks and weddings.
Biltmore. Explore George Vanderbilt’s extraordinary home, beautiful gardens, and Antler Hill Village & Winery, nestled on 8,000 acres in the mountains of Asheville, NC.
Biltmore Estate & Antler Hill Village
1 Lodge Street, Asheville, NC 28803 | Phone: 800-411-3812
George Vanderbilt’s 8,000-acre estate, home, gardens, and the Antler Hill Village & Winery retail center in the mountains of Asheville, NC.
McCormick Field – Asheville Tourists
30 Buchanan Place, Asheville, NC 28802 | Phone: 828-258-0428
Remodeled in 1992, McCormick Field is one of the oldest operating minor-league baseball parks in North America. McCormick Field is home to the Asheville Tourists, a Class A farm team of the Colorado Rockies.
Pack Place Education, Arts, & Science Center
2 South Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801 | Phone: 828-257-4500
Home of the Asheville Art Museum, Colburn Earth Science Museum, Diana Wortham Theater and YMI Cultural Center.
Western North Carolina Nature Center
75 Gashes Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28805 | Phone: 828-259-8080
This 42-acre center features indigenous wildlife and plant life of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Demonstrations and activities include wildlife, gardens, trails, indoor exhibits, farm animals and more.
18 Church Street, Asheville, NC 28801 | Phone: 828-274-8070
The Altamont Theatre is a non-profit organization that presents inspiring professional musical theatre featuring world-class actors, singers, directors and designers in a small, 120 seat theatre on Church Street. For a schedule and ticket information click here.
Asheville Ballet Guild
4 Lynnwood Road, Asheville, NC | Phone: 828-252-4761
Asheville Ballet produces both cutting edge interdisciplinary work and full length major work. ABG has collaborated with the Asheville Symphony, Asheville Bravo Concerts, Asheville Community Theater, and Asheville Lyric Opera, and worked live with the area’s major musical, poetic and visual artists. ABG also offers an annual lecture series on dance appreciation. For additional info click here.
Asheville Choral Society
P.O. Box 7112, Asheville, NC 28802 | Phone: 828-232-2060
The Asheville Choral Society is celebrating its 34th year of bringing choral masterpieces to Western North Carolina. The ACS presents three concert programs per season with two performances of each program. The makeup of this volunteer, auditioned chorus is quite diverse, with 100 voices from 18 to 80. For a schedule of events and ticket information click here.
Asheville Community Theatre
35 East Walnut Street, Asheville, NC 28801 | Phone: 828-254-1320
Asheville Community Theatre is the oldest continuously operating theatre in Asheville and one of the oldest community theatres in the nation. For shows and ticket information click here.
Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre
20 Commerce Street, Asheville, NC 28801 | Phone: 828-828-254-2621
A non-profit professional dance company with a diverse repertory that reflects both traditional and experimental forms of modern dance. For information on up-coming performances click here.
Asheville Lyric Opera
2 South Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801 | Phone: 828-236-0670
Asheville Lyric Opera is a professional, non-profit Opera Company that provides a variety of theatrical experiences at the Diana Wortham Theatre. For an event schedule and ticket information click here.
Asheville Symphony Orchestra
87 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28801 | Phone: 828-254-7046
Programs include Asheville Symphony Chorus, Asheville Symphony Children’s Chorus, Asheville Symphony concert lectures, Music Education in the Schools, and pre-concert lectures. For concert dates and ticket information click here.
Blue Ridge Orchestra
8 Amelia Court, Arden, NC 28704
The orchestra is comprised of accomplished amateur, semi-professional and professional musicians who volunteer their time in an effort to make orchestral music more accessible to the community. BRO presents quality symphonic music in a variety of settings for a diverse audience, and serves as a leader in culture and music education for the Asheville area. BRO is one of Asheville’s hidden musical treasures. For a concert schedule and ticket informationclick here.
Regal Biltmore Grande Stadium 15 & RPX
I-26 & Long Shoals Rd., Biltmore Park, Asheville NC 28803 | Phone: 828-684-4380
Stadium seating in all 15 theaters, listening devices, wheelchair accessible.
Campgrounds and Cottages
Cottages within the area.
|Catawba Falls Campground Old Fort, 828-668-4831 WiFi available|
|Springmaid Mountain, Spruce Pine 828-297-0725|
|Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park, Marion 828-652-7208|