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Western N.C.'s Etowah Intertwines Small-Town Feel With Big-Time Adventure

Etowah NCNestled in a valley along the banks of the scenic French Broad River in Henderson County, Etowah, N.C., boasts a small-town feel big on natural beauty. It’s bordered to the north by Mills River and to the west by Transylvania County – which means outdoor adventure, including mountain biking, hiking and rafting, is just minutes away. 

Etowah, which sits 26 miles south of Asheville, has a population of around 7,000. Shopping for a home in the Etowah area? You’ll find everything from compact cottages to grand estates to residences in gated communities. Home lots with impressive acreage are also available, ready for your dream build to come to life.

Etowah’s in-town fun

For activities in the community, many people visit the Etowah Valley Golf Club and Lodge. The resort offers a 27-hole mountain golf course, tennis, restaurants, lodging and a heated swimming pool. Etowah park is another favorite destination, boasting bike and walking trails, ball fields, tennis and basketball courts, disc golf and a picnic area. 

Enjoy an afternoon of outdoor activity in town, then relax with a beverage at Sideways Farm & Brewery, one of only a handful of breweries in the country creating carbonation with local wildflower honey for its unfiltered, unpasteurized, naturally carbonated farmhouse ales, traditional lagers, and hard Jun kombucha (a fermented sweet tea). Sideways Farm sustainably grows flowers and ingredients for its beer, including hops, barley, fruits, vegetables, spices and herbs. You can also gather a bouquet from its U-Pick flower farm.

Etowah NC PropertiesEtowah is brimming with a wide range of nearby outdoor activities. The French Broad River offers an outlet for all manner of water adventures. Both Pisgah National Forest and DuPont State Forest are a short drive away, featuring waterfalls, hiking paths and mountain biking trails. The area also boasts renowned destinations like Sliding Rock and the Cradle of Forestry. 

Western N.C. day trips from Etowah

For a nearby day trip from Etowah, Hendersonville (8 miles east via US-64) can’t be beat. Filled with historic buildings and vibrant streetscapes, Hendersonville’s downtown – the largest in Western N.C. outside of Asheville’s – offers many 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.

Brevard, 11 miles southwest of Etowah, is another popular day-trip destination. In addition to unique shops and restaurants along its quaint downtown streets, Brevard is home to the Brevard Music Center’s Summer Festival, which features everything from bluegrass to classical to operatic productions.

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