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.
NATIONAL FOREST CAMPGROUNDS AND DISPERSED CAMPING:
The Pisgah National Forest offers several campgrounds, click HERE for a list of campgrounds. Areas of the forest are not open to dispersed camping. Please check with the local District Office and check the Forest Service website for updates and availability. Attendees are responsible for camping in legal areas.
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.
The Cascades Resort Hotel | cascadesmountainresort.com | 828-595-8155 | 201 Sugarloaf Rd, Hendersonville, NC 28792, USA | ask for the Overland Expo East room block
Econolodge | choicehotels.com | 828-693-8800 | 206 Mitchelle Dr, Hendersonville, NC 28792, USA | mention “Overland Expo”
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
The Broomfield Inn | thebroomfieldinn.com | (828) 577-0916 | 50 Woodside Drive, Brevard, NC 28712, USA
Red House Inn | brevardbedandbreakfast.com | (828) 884-9349 | 266 W. Probart Street, Brevard, NC 28712, USA
Greystone Inn | greystoneinn.com | (828) 977-4700 | 220 Greystone Lane, Lake Toxaway, NC 28747, USA
HOUSE and cabin RENTALS
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.
Pilot Cove offers modern cabins which are often referred to as ‘deckhouses.’ These cabins are designed to seamlessly interact with the outdoors, providing a luxurious but natural experience of the Pisgah Forest. Find cabins that are fully appointed and finely finished with a kitchen, bathroom, living area, washer/dryer, mudroom, covered deck, secure bike storage, bike wash station, and private parking. Check out Pilot Cove for more information and availability.
EAT & DRINK
Blind Mule: Off the beaten path but well worth the trip for the Mule’s cozy atmosphere and expertly prepared dishes. 502 Blue Ridge Road, Lake Toxaway
Brevard Brewery: Brevard's first craft brewer specializes in hand-crafted lagers, pilsners and seasonal offerings. 63 E. Main Street, Brevard
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
Marco Trattoria: The best al fresco dining in the mountains with delicious pastas, wood-fired pizza and specialty dishes. 204 W. Main, Brevard
Oscar Blues Brewery: Popular brewpub features craft beers on tap, casual grub & a retail shop in an industrial interior. 342 Mountain Industrial Dr, Brevard
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
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
THINGS TO DO
Not sure what you want to do, but want to know what is available in the area? The Explore Brevard website offers a treasure trove of tips and advice on how to make the most of your stay in western North Carolina. From local events to iconic venues, you’ll get a great sampling of all the activities and places waiting for you in Transylvania County.
Pick up the Adventure Guide and Waterfall Map to discover everything there is to know about the area’s ample outdoor opportunities, plus a comprehensive list of dining, shopping and accommodations choices and a map of the county’s most accessible waterfalls.
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.
Trail maps available here.
Also check out DD Bullwinkel’s Outdoors, a gear shop selling large selection of clothing, shoes and camping equipment.
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
forest and parks
Pisgah National Forest, DuPont State Recreational Forest and Gorges State Park are all located within Transylvania County and offer a bounty of hiking, mountain biking and waterfall hunting opportunities. Get an overview of these stunning public lands here.
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.
Are you a waterfall hunter? This guide to the Top 10 Must See Waterfalls is a must-have for anyone exploring North Carolina’s Land of Waterfalls.
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.
Check out this list of some of Transylvania County’s most popular hikes with something for everyone: easy, moderate, strenuous and epic.
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
The Cradle of Forestry is an American heritage site with historic buildings, interpretive trails, and fascinating museum about the birth of America’s modern forestry movement. (828) 877-3130
Located in Pisgah National Forest, the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education offers unique outdoor and outdoor exhibits on the state’s wildlife and mountain habitats with lots of free programs and learning opportunities.
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. Also check out Davidson River Outfitters, a premier fly fishing outfit headed up by fly fishing champion Kevin Howell, who is on a first name basis with every fish in Transylvania County.
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.
French Broad River Tours
Besides making cool boats, French Broad Boatworks offers private guided tours.
YOU CAN CHECK OUT MORE OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES HERE
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.