Named for the valuable deposits of zircon in the area, Zirconia, N.C., is known for its striking Blue Ridge beauty as well as its proximity to cultural attractions. Living in the community of Zirconia – half an hour south of Asheville via I-26 – means you can spend a day enjoying a range of outdoor adventures, then take in dinner and entertainment in one of the many quaint neighboring towns.
Natural experiences abound around Zirconia
An unincorporated community in Henderson County, Zirconia sits near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Both Pisgah National Forest and DuPont State Forest are a short drive away, offering day trips 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. Zirconia offers easy access to the Green River Game Lands, a rugged tract of more than 10,000 acres where seasonal hunting, fishing and trapping are allowed.
If you’re looking for a home in Zirconia, you’ll find a range of styles and settings. Properties with everything from mountain streams to long-range views to easy-care lots are available throughout the community.
Nearby mountain towns to explore
There are a number of idyllic towns close to Zirconia that are perfect for an afternoon of exploring. Nearby Flat Rock is home to a variety of shops and galleries, featuring everything from folk art to vintage wares and antiques to locally made clothing. The Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site in Flat Rock allows visitors to explore the residence of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and writer, as well as its goat farm, pastures, gardens and hiking trails. The nonprofit Flat Rock Playhouse is famed for its professional productions of musicals, dramas and comedies.
Saluda, also just a few minutes’ drive from Zirconia, draws scores of visitors to its picturesque Main Street, set against a stunning mountain backdrop. Saluda boasts a number of established restaurants as well as interesting shops and galleries. Most of the buildings that line Saluda’s downtown are part of the National Register of Historic Places. The area is also a premier destination for road cycling.
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