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Step Into the Charm of These Walkable Western N.C. Towns

The small towns surrounding Asheville are the perfect spots to soak in the sights as you stroll through quaint downtowns brimming with historic buildings, restaurants, galleries and specialty shops. Following are a few of our favorite Main Streets.

Weaverville NCWeaverville

Weaverville, located north of Asheville in the beautiful Reems Creek Valley, boasts outstanding local shops and restaurants, all within an easy stroll. From coffee spots and bakeries to artists’ studios and historic sites, this family-oriented town offers a range of accessible downtown destinations in a relaxed atmosphere. Nearby Lake Louise provides a park setting for family play and recreation, and there is access to the Blue Ridge Parkway from the back of the Reems Creek Valley. Search Weaverville real estate.

Black Mountain

About 16 miles east of Asheville, downtown Black Mountain has a wonderful collection of shops, restaurants and breweries, and the hiking and mountain biking opportunities are abundant.Black Mountain is known as the front porch of Western North Carolina because of its downtown’s quaint charm and stunning location in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Sit in one of Black Mountain's iconic rocking chairs that line the streets of downtown and take in the charm for a while. Search Black Mountain real estate.

Brevard NC Walkable TownBrevard 

Tucked in the heart of Transylvania County, southwest of Asheville, Brevard boasts unique boutiques in the downtown area – offering everything from children’s toys to salvaged furniture to antiques. In addition, the walkable downtown district offers a range of restaurants and cafes. The city is famed for its ideal access to some of the most beautiful natural attractions – think mountain bike trails, waterfall hikes and epic views – in Western N.C. Search Brevard real estate.


This historic town in Madison County, with easy access to trails along the French Broad River, packs an eclectic punch into its compact downtown. Lined with historic buildings including a century-old courthouse, Main Street features artists’ studios, interesting shops, music and dance venues and galleries. Stroll to Blannahassett Island, just over the river, to enjoy more artists’ studios, as well as picnic areas and fishing. Search Marshall real estate.

Waynesville NC Walkable TownWaynesville

Sitting at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains near the Blue Ridge Parkway, Waynesville’s bustling downtown features everything from art galleries to antique shops to furniture centers, along with gift and specialty shops. A range of restaurants, as well as breweries, round out this walkable town’s offerings. The revitalized Main Street and historic Frog Level areas offer seasonal festivals and community gatherings during warmer months. Search Waynesville real estate.


Filled with historic buildings and vibrant streetscapes, Hendersonville – the largest downtown in Western N.C. outside of Asheville – offers many outdoor dining options, as well as unique shops and galleries, along Main Street. Hendersonville’s downtown is part of the Main Street Program, aimed at revitalizing central business districts across the country through historic preservation, attention to design, and thoughtful recruitment of businesses. Search Hendersonville real estate.

Saluda NC Walkable TownSaluda

Saluda, NC, located to the southeast of Asheville, has been drawing tourists to its picturesque Main Street since the late 1800s. With established restaurants as well as shops and galleries set against a stunning backdrop, this tiny town offers the perfect opportunity for a downtown stroll after a day of outdoor adventures at nearby Green River Gorge. It's proximity to the Interstate 26 corridor makes it convenient to get to the neighboring town of Hendersonville. Search Saluda real estate.


This small, scenic town in Jackson County has a Main Street packed with restaurants, specialty shops, galleries, bookstores and breweries. Its historic courthouse draws visitors from all around who come to admire its beauty, then climb its 107 steps for a bird’s eye view of Sylva’s downtown. Home to the campus of Western North Carolina University, the town also has a small college town feel. The beautiful Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Nantahala National Forest lie just to the west of Sylva.

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