The unincorporated community of Bat Cave, in Henderson County, boasts more than just a unique name. Sitting along the scenic banks of the Broad River within the Hickory Nut Gorge, the Bat Cave area is home to waterfalls, wineries, hiking trails – and of course the one-of-a-kind cave for which it’s famed.
Located 22 miles southeast of Asheville, Bat Cave features the largest known granite fissure cave in the world, with the main cave chamber more than 300 feet long and 85 feet high. Although the cave, home to the endangered Indiana bat, is off limits to protect its inhabitants, the community offers plenty of nearby spots to explore.
One-of-a-kind establishments in Bat Cave, NC
Eclectic shops, inns and restaurants are a hallmark of the Bat Cave area. Everything from apple-themed groceries to vintage and antique wares to unique knick knacks and gifts can be had in Bat Cave. A range of restaurants, cafes and breweries just a short drive away in Chimney Rock offers something for everyone.
Properties for sale in Bat Cave come in a variety of options: everything from rambling farmhouses to mountain cottages to wide open acreage for creating your dream home. The Henderson County Public Schools system has 23 schools in four districts, with the student population growing to over 13,500.
Bat Cave's popular nearby attractions
Just a short drive from Bat Cave is a number of popular attractions. The town of Chimney Rock, named for the large granite rock anchoring the eponymous state park, sits 2.7 miles from Bat Cave and features historic inns, delicious farm-fresh food, eclectic shops, and views for miles. Spend the morning kayaking the Rocky Broad River or exploring the state park, then enjoy an afternoon soaking in the old-time feel of Chimney Rock’s Main Street.
Lake Lure, 11 minutes from Bat Cave, offers many spots for enjoying the area’s beauty and natural features. Most prominent is, of course, the lake itself. Lake Lure beach, open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, is the perfect place for cooling off, with lifeguards, a water slide, and other fun water sports. You can also kayak, rent a boat, or take a tour boat. Hiking and mountain biking options are also plentiful in and around Lake Lure.
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