Horse Shoe, N.C., bordered to the north by Mills River and the west by Etowah, is a 7-square-mile sliver of picturesque rolling hills nestled in western Henderson County. The French Broad River (the unincorporated community takes its name from a meander in the famed waterway) runs through the center of Horse Shoe, which is 23 miles south of Asheville.
Mountain homes dot Horse Shoe, beckoning with long-range views and proximity to amazing outdoor adventures. The population of Horse Shoe is around 2,300, with plenty of space to spread out.The Asheville Regional Airport and I-26 are mere minutes away. The towns of Hendersonville (6 miles east) and Brevard (14 miles southwest) are also easily accessible.
Waterfalls, hiking and biking abounds near Horse Shoe
If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, Horse Shoe is brimming with a wide range of nearby activities. Both Pisgah National Forest and DuPont State Forest are a short drive away, offering daytrips overflowing with waterfalls, hiking paths and mountain biking trails – you can even take a horseback trail ride. The area also boasts renowned destinations like Sliding Rock and the Cradle of Forestry. For water activities, the French Broad River and one of its tributaries, the Mills River, are perfect spots for kayaking and tubing.
Just a short drive from Horse Shoe, Sierra Nevada’s Mills River Brewery – its second in the U.S. – offers a sprawling, state-of-the-art facility and Taproom and Restaurant that draw thousands of visitors from all over the region and the world to enjoy tours, tastings and special events, as well as live music indoors and outdoors, in a relaxed family atmosphere. www.sierranevada.com/visit/north-carolina/
Activities of note in Horse Shoe, NC
For world-class music performances, Horse Shoe is just a short drive from the Brevard Music Center’s Summer Festival, which features everything from bluegrass to classical to operatic productions. www.brevardmusic.org. Other nearby popular spots to visit include the Mills River Creamery, offering a range of locally made milk, cheeses and ice cream (www.millsrivercreamery.com), as well as the Bold Rock Hard Cidery, which has daily tours, tastings, flights and food. www.boldrock.com/visit/mills-river-cidery/
Filled with historic buildings and vibrant streetscapes, nearby Hendersonville’s downtown – the largest in Western N.C. outside of Asheville’s – offers many outdoor dining options, as well as unique shops and galleries, along Main Street. Hendersonville also boasts the Cheers! Trail, showcasing 16 craft beverage producers, plus wineries and cideries in the area.
Search: Real Estate in Horseshoe