Just fifteen minutes away, the Center is renowned as a performance and educational mecca for young musicians. Professionals, students, and international guest artists showcase their summer festival. 12 minutes from Etowah. Paul Porter Center at Brevard College
In Asheville, a pleasant half-hour drive away, is George Vanderbilt's 255-room French chateau on 12,000 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. Built in 1895, the house contains collections of antiques and fine art. You can also tour the gardens and the winery. 30 minutes from Etowah.
The DuPont Forest encompasses 10,268 acres in Henderson and Transylvania counties. It is situated in the Little River valley and includes waterfalls and 80 miles of roads and trails wandering through mountainous terrain. 10 minutes from Etowah.
A national historic site, Connemara is the last home of the poet, historian, author and Pulitzer Prize winner, Carl Sandburg. The house and grounds have been authentically restored to depict the way the Sandburgs lived and worked. There's even descendents of their original goat herd occupying the barn. 15 minutes from Etowah.
Flat Rock Playhouse is one of America's top 10 summer stock theaters and its Vagabond Players have performed to sell-out crowds for over 50 years. The theater is noted for attracting actors from Broadway, off Broadway, television and film, and has launched many successful careers. Just a pleasant drive from Etowah Valley, their season runs from late May through the middle of September. 20 minutes from Etowah.
Diana Wortham Theatre The Diana Wortham Theatre in Asheville offers live performances of music, theatre and dance throughout the year by nationally touring artists as well as a wide array of performances by professional and avocational regional arts groups.
Asheville Lyric Opera Asheville Lyric Opera (ALO) is a professional, non-profit Opera Company located in Asheville, North Carolina. Because of its location, ALO has provides Western North Carolina with a magnitude of theatrical experiences at a central location, the Diana Wortham Theatre, in the heart of downtown Asheville.
Some say the highlight of this 1,000 acre park is the 75 mile view from the top. Others say it's getting to the top. You can ride an elevator 26 stories through the rock or take the trails and catwalks up 315 feet to the chimney's top. There's plenty of scenic trails, a 400 foot waterfall and much more. You may recognize some of the scenery from the epic romance adventure "The Last of the Mohicans," which was filmed here. 25 minutes from Etowah.
The Henderson County Curb Market is a unique farmers market requiring sellers to be residents of Henderson County. All items sold at the market must be either hand-made or locally grown. For additional information call (828) 692-8012. 15 minutes from Etowah.
It's little wonder why so many people are drawn to the mountains of Western North Carolina—breathtaking views, fiery autumn colors, thundering waterfalls and lazy streams. This part of the country offers a unique charm and a relaxed pace of living unlike anywhere else. The Blue Ridge and Great Smoky mountains afford an abundance of outdoor activities: hiking, rafting, rock climbing, spelunking, fishing and much more. And Asheville, North Carolina—the region’s largest city and cultural center—is just a short drive away, where you can find galleries, grand resorts, restaurants, nightclubs, shops, theatres and a number of other area attractions.
Check out these websites for more information about some of the fun and exciting activities near Etowah. Each attraction website will have detailed information and any fees.