Things to do in Flat Rock NC – Outdoor Sports

A small village situated in the Henderson County, in North Carolina, USA, Flat Rock, NC has a population of about 3,000. Tucked away in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this historic little village has a rich cultural heritage and offers quite a number of outdoor sporting activities to the Nature lover. Discussed below are a few options that you could explore.


  • Kate Park: Offers a playground, nature trails and a covered area for picnickers. Summer camps are organized for children from 6-11 years of age.
  • East Flat Rock Park: Has a basketball court along with a playground, a field for athletic events, bicycle trail and a picnic area.
  • Patton Park: This park has a swimming pool that is open throughout the week in summer with a basketball court, tennis court and a picnic spot.
  • Jackson Park: A multi-facility park that offers baseball and softball fields, walking trails, bicycle and BMX tracks, the traditional playground, summer camps, covered picnic areas and also a bird watching facility and an amphitheatre.
  • Fletcher Westfield River Park: This is a park with boating and canoeing facilities as well as hiking and walking trails.

State Forests

  • Holmes Educational State Forest: This is open from Mid March to November. The Talking Tree trail for hiking is very popular here. There are many picnic spots and various educational programs are organized for school children. Helicopters and other special displays are also organized.
  • DuPont State Forest: This is a 10,300 acre forest with water falls and winding roads through mountains. People come here for hiking, biking, swimming and horse riding. Fishing and hunting area also allowed but only with valid permits.


This small village of Flat Rock, NC and areas around it has a lot on offer for golfer. It boasts of a number of golf courses among which the Highland Lake Golf Club and the Town of Lure Municipal Golf Course are 9-hole courses. All the rest, like Kenmure Country Club and Hendersonville Country Club provide 18-hole courses.


  • Skater’s Choice: This is a roller skating center which also has roller blade skating facilities.
  • Zero Gravity Skatepark: This is an indoor skating park which is very popular amongst the tourists.

Gem and Gold Mining

  • Elijah Mountain Gem Mine: A covered mine where you can indulge in your passion for mining come rain or sunshine. This site also offers picnic spots and families are allowed in at discounted rates. You can also buy gems or antiques in a treasure store.
  • Broad River Mining Company: This is mainly a gold mining area on the Broad river.
  • Thermal City Gold Mine: An old fashioned gold mine on the site of one of the earliest gold mines.
  • Old Presley Sapphire Mine: This is one of the many gem mines located in the mountains.

A number of other activities like rafting and other water sports, Skiing in winter, Bowling and even movie going abound in Flat Rock, NC, but apple picking  in the apple season beats all other activities as people come from far and near to take part in it.

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