it's cabin time™ in Fletcher
Fletcher, North Carolina is located close to the city of Asheville but has its own sense of charm as well as natural resources to offer. Settled by Samuel Murray at the end of the 18th century, it was originally called Murrayville. The area was attractive because of the limestone that made it a valuable place to start mines, and it grew throughout the 19th century; limestone is still mined in the area today. Finally, the purchasing of land for subdivisions in the 1980’s helped the area to grow to what it is now: a bustling town that welcomes tourists and new residents alike!
The lush, fertile landscape of North Carolina makes Fletcher an ideal place to visit for anyone who is interested in spending time outdoors or getting to know the Appalachian region well. Visitors may run into a variety of wildlife species to enjoy from a distance, including black bears, wild turkeys, deer, otters, and elk. Fauna will include lush displays of wildflowers in the spring and fir trees that last even into the coldest months. We recommend driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway to get a true sense of the spectacular nature of this landscape: Upon seeing the hazy, blue and purple rims of mountains far off into the expanse, blurring into the sky itself, you will truly understand where the ‘blue ridge’ got its name.
Hiking is available along the Blue Ridge Mountains, but another good location is Chimney Rock State Park. The park has opportunities for hiking and educational experiences, but there are also opportunities for the adrenaline seeker: There are many opportunities for rock climbing or rappelling with a guide while at Chimney Rock.
Of course, one of the most famous tourist attractions a little outside of Fletcher is the Biltmore. Worth the drive down the road to Asheville, this famous estate is the size of a castle, with tours available both of the grounds area and inside. Literary-minded visitors can also head to Carl Sandburg’s home, which is maintained by the National Park Service.
Visitors to Fletcher won’t have to worry about finding a place to eat and drink. Restaurants and bars include the Surf N Brew or Blue Ridge Tavern. For a lunch or casual outing, try the Blue Sky Cafe for burgers or sandwiches.
Fletcher’s other attractions are many and varied. Other opportunities for visitors to experience something new or characteristic of the area include:
• Lake Lure
• Flat Rock Playhouse
• Western NC Agricultural Center & Fairgrounds
• The North Carolina Arboretum
• Hiking trails
• Biking trails
• Music Festivals
• Wine tastings (in Asheville)