GUIDE TO ASHEVILLE REGION
Overland Expo 2018 EAST is located near Pisgah Forest / Hendersonville, about 30 minutes from Asheville, NC;
the region has a lot to offer, so we've included suggestions for the greater region, as well as the city of Asheville.
Brevard / Pisgah forest / hendersonville, North Carolina
Asheville, North Carolina
GUIDE TO BREVARD/PISGAH FOREST/HENDERSONVILLE
Expo Housing Services
WARNING: This is not a legit company. If you are contacted by them, do not use their services.
camping on-site at REEB RANCH
In order to keep our culture of off-the-beaten-path travel alive and well, all on-site camping is restricted to motorcycles, tents, overland vehicles, and small overland trailers ONLY. See our FAQ page for full details.
nearby rv parks
LAKE POWHATAN, NC The facility provides picnic tables, tent pads, lantern posts and campfire rings with grills, in addition to restrooms with hot showers and flush toilets. A few sites have full hookups.
JAYMAR TRAVEL PARK This family owned and operated RV park offers 30 and 50 amp services, cable TV, and wifi.
LAKEWOOD RV RESORT This RV park is geared toward adults and promises a quiet stay with all the amenities.
Check Google for other options
HOTELS / Bed & breakfasts
Hampton Inn Brevard | hamptoninn3.hilton.com | 828-883-4800 | 275 Forest Gate Dr, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768, USA
Overland Expo has partnered with the recently renovated Hampton Inn Brevard for our hospitality and accommodation needs at Overland Expo 2018 EAST. Call (828) 883-4800 and mention Overland Expo or use the code OEX for our special event rate.
Red Roof Inn Hendersonville | redroof.com | 828-697-1213 | 240 Mitchelle Dr, Hendersonville, NC 28792, USA
The 1898 Waverly Inn | waverlyinn.com | 828-693-9193 | 783 N Main St, Hendersonville, NC 28792, USA
Days Inn Hendersonville | wyndhamhotels.com | 828-388-5788 | 102 Mitchelle Dr, Hendersonville, NC 28792, USA
The Sunset Motel | thesunsetmotel.com | 828-884-9106 | 523 S Broad St, Brevard, NC 28712, USA
Holiday Inn Express & Suites | ihg.com | 828-862-8900 | 2228 Asheville Hwy, Brevard, NC 28712, USA
Airbnb is a great option for homes and inexpensive rooms. Search Pisgah Forest and Hendersonville.
Or, looking for accommodation with a little more local flavor? Stay in a luxury vacation rental by Yonder.
The Yonder Homes, with a wide array of amenities, can accommodate between 2 and 28 guests in a single property. Larger parties can easily be arranged. Contact Yonder and see how they can enrich your stay in Asheville during Overland Expo EAST.
EAT & DRINK
Dandelion Eatery: Affordable fresh fare with a mission! Dandelion focuses on buying local farm ingredients and providing job training for survivors of violence. They have vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. 127 5th Ave W, Hendersonville
El Chapala: Heartily portioned and affordable Latin American fare. 69 Hendersonville Hwy, Pisgah Forest
Flat Rock Wood Room: This locale is celebrated for its sauces, smoked meats and ribs. 1501 Greenville Hwy, Hendersonville
Hawg Wild Barbeque: Classic casual North Carolina bbq joint with satisfying portions. 91 Pisgah Hwy, Pisgah Forest
Magpie Meat & Three: Generous portions of Southern inspired home-cooking featuring wood-smoked BBQ, served in a fun, casual environment. 170 King St Unit C, Brevard, NC 28712
Oscar Blues Brewery: Popular brewpub features craft beers on tap, casual grub & a retail shop in an industrial interior. 342 Mountain Industrial Dr, Brevard, NC 28712
Pi Squared: This Detroit style Pizzeria boasts fresh food, fast service and a dog friendly patio. 1972 Haywood Rd, Hendersonville
Poe House: Quirky basement bar with live music and a great selection of craft brews and wine. Accompaniments include olive boats, charcuterie and cheese boards and a good selection of sandwiches. 105 1st Ave W, Hendersonville
Rocky’s Grill & Soda Shop: A downtown Brevard staple since 1942, Rocky’s serves homemade lunch and dairy delights. 50 S Broad St, Brevard, NC 28712
Sora Japanese Restaurant: Heralded as the best sushi in North Carolina, this restaurant also boasts a great selection of traditional dishes like their signature spicy crab salad. 91 Forest Gate Dr, Pisgah Forest
The Pavilion at Key Falls: Creative, fun small plates in a relaxed environment. Menu changes weekly. 151 Everett Rd, Pisgah Forest
The Square Root: International fare in a restored building with exposed brick, colorful paintings & an art deco bar. Check out their 1/2 priced wine night! 33 Times Arcade Alley, Brevard, NC 28712
THINGS TO DO
Bike rentals, gear and beer!
The Hub is a one stop shop for any last minute gear, books or maps. Rent or buy a bicycle and ride right out onto one of the nearby trails. Or just kick back with a delicious beer and make new friends with other outdoor enthusiasts.
11 Mama's Place, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768, USA | 828-884-8670
Popular mountain biking trails include Sycamore Cove Trail, and Black Mountain Loop. Farlow Gap is an expert-level trail, and considered one of the toughest in the area.
Bicycle rentals and guides available through Bike Farm.
Trail maps available here.
Also check out DD Bullwinkel’s Outdoors, a gear shop selling large selection of clothing, shoes and camping equipment. 50 S. Broad Street Brevard, NC 28712
Pura Vida Adventures Guides for all sorts of adventures, hiking, climbing, biking, paddling, adventure race training and canyoneering. 772-579-0005
Green River Adventures Green River Adventures offers rafting, half and full day Kayak trips and instruction, Stand Up Paddleboard rentals, guided hikes to waterfalls, and more. 800-335-1530
Headwaters Outfitters Canoe, kayak and tube rentals, guides and information. For the past fourteen years Headwaters Outfitters has provided canoeing, kayaking and tubing trips in Western North Carolina on the beautiful French Broad River. 828-877-3106
Nantahala Outdoor Center Whitewater rafting, paddling instruction, an outfitter’s store and mail order, restaurants, lake paddling, mountain biking, and more. 800-232-7238
Brevard Music Festival Calendar
Students play side-by-side with faculty and guest artists in more than 80 public concerts, staged operas and musicals for a paying audience.
Hike Pink Beds Trail for beautiful scenery and wildlife or head to the Moore Cove Falls. Want more waterfalls? North Carolina Waterfalls is web site devoted to waterfall information in western North Carolina.
High Country Hikers organizes bi-weekly group hikes (weather permitting). One of the advantages of being in Western North Carolina is being able to experience the marvelous hiking in the area. Another is socializing with the fascinating people who live and visit here.
Brevard Rock Gym Indoor Rock climbing gym and Guided Rock climbing trips for all ages. Also providing shuttles for the Art Loeb Trail. 828-884-ROCK
Western North Carolina Nature Center Educating the public to the natural history and ecology of the Southern Appalachians. 828-298-5600
Pisgah is known as a fly fishing mecca. Choose any blue line on the map, do some walking and you'll more than likely find fish. The section of the Davidson River near The Bobby Seltzer State Hatchery is nationally renowned for its ability to produce some of the biggest trout in the state.
Species: Rainbow trout, brown trout and brook trout.
More information at Pisgah Outdoors.
GUIDE TO ASHEVILLE
MAPS OF Asheville Area
The Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau welcomes Overland Expo to the EAST. Asheville boasts a thriving arts community, diverse outdoor adventures, a vibrant and inviting downtown, numerous historic attractions, in addition to amazing food. Plan an extra day or two, and experience all that the area has to offer.
EAT & DRINK
12 Bones Smokehouse: Looking for good BBQ? One place that comes recommended over and over again. Their hours are limited, so plan to squeeze in some BBQ while you can. Luckily, they have two locations:
- River Store: 5 Riverside Drive · Asheville, NC 28801 · 828-253-4499
- South Store: 3578 Sweeten Creek Road · Arden, NC 28704 · 828-687-1395
Rocky's Hot Chicken Shack: A place where you can get a good bourbon and beer, and plate of fried chicken.
Local Lion in Boone, NC: Bonus Treat for those en Route to Overland Expo EAST, stop by for some absolutely amazing yeast donuts. 791 Blowing Rock Rd, Boone, NC 28607. 828-386-1120
CRAFT BEER CAPITAL OF AMERICA?
Asheville has no shortage of breweries. Here's a few we've enjoyed:
SIERRA NEVADA BREWERY COMES TO NORTH CAROLINA
Check out the progress of the new brewery in Mills River, North Carolina: http://www.sierranevada.com/blog/north-carolina-brewery
Do you have a favorite place to eat or grab a brew? Let us know.
THINGS TO DO
the BilTMORE MANSION AND ESTATE
The Biltmore, with an 8,000-acre estate and the Blue Ridge Mountains in their backyard, offers a vast array of activities to enjoy the local scenery. Check out the bicycle miles of trails, fly-fishing, sport shooting, rafting trips, horseback riding, segway tours, or stand-up paddle boarding. Many of the activities are by reservation, so plan in advance. If you are in the mood to just wing it, there are a few same day activities that do not require reservations. See http://www.biltmore.com/visit/things-to-do/outdoor-activities for specifics. If you need some help deciding, check out one of their list of suggested itineraries: http://www.biltmore.com/visit/visitor-information/suggested-itineraries
Check out the River Arts District
Take a look at the artwork, studios and creative processes of local artists. http://www.riverartsdistrict.com/
Here's one for motorcycle enthusiasts, motor-heads and history buffs in general. Check out Wheels Through Time motorcycle museum.
Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway
For 469 miles, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a slow-paced drive through stunning long-range vistas and close-up views of the rugged mountains and pastoral landscapes of the Appalachian Highlands.
- An Overview of America's Favorite Scenic Drive
- Tips for Traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway
- For latest information and alerts about the Blue Ridge National Park
French Broad River Tours
Besides making cool boats, French Broad Boatworks offers private guided tours.
Fly and Ride
Where to rent motorcycles near Asheville
Although motorcycle rentals are not available locally in Asheville, you can fly to the surrounding areas and rent adventure motorcycles at:
Enjoy a ride through the Great Smoky Mountains and the Tail of the Dragon (318 curves in 11 miles!) on your way to Overland Expo.