Grove Park – Asheville, NC
Grove Park in Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville, NC has a no shortage of important historic sites; Grove Park is no exception as it is located just steps away from the historic Grove Park Inn.
Asheville was founded in 1784 when Colonel Samuel Davidson and his family settled the area. By 1790, a U.S. Census counted 1,000 residents in the area (not counting the Cherokee Native Americans). Today the city has just over 80,000 residents and continues to grow.
Grove Park Inn
The Grove Park Inn, which sits on Sunset Mountain was built in 1913 in the Arts and Crafts style, which was popular at the time. Today it has been visited by presidents, diplomats, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The area surrounding the Inn, known simply as Grove Park, features upscale homes and the pristine Grove Park Country Club golf course.
Primary and secondary schools
Asheville City Schools and Buncombe County School System run the schools in and around Asheville. Newsweek ranked Asheville High, part of Asheville City Schools, as a top 100 high school in the nation. Evergreen Community Charter School, on the other hand, was ranked as one of our nation’s most environmentally conscious schools.
In addition to public and charter schools, Asheville is home to private schools as well (including two residential private high schools).
Asheville has several colleges nearby including University of North Carolina at Asheville, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Western Carolina University, and Shaw University.
Asheville Redefines Transit (or ART) is Asheville’s public transportation system. ART runs several bus lines to major points in and around Asheville and currently does not operate on Sundays.
Asheville has a relatively mild but humid climate. Summer months rarely reach 90 degrees Fahrenheit with the nightly low reaching about 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Winter months (the coldest being January) on average reach around 50 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and rarely drop below 25 degrees Fahrenheit at night.
The Biltmore Estate, built by George Washington Vanderbilt II, is the largest privately owned home in the United States. During the Great Depression, the home was opened for private tours to help raise funds. Today it is estimated that almost one million visitors tour the house per year.
Pisgah National Forest
Lovers of camping, hiking, and cycling will love exploring Pisgah National Forest. Visitors can explore a number of trails designed for all skill levels. Some highlights of hikes include waterfalls, mile-high peaks, and whitewater rivers.
Blue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway runs for 469 miles along the Blue Ridge Mountains. The road itself is not a national park, but it is a popular destination due to its breathtaking views.
Botanical Gardens at Asheville
The Botanical Gardens at Asheville feature 10 acres of assorted plant life native to the surrounding area. The grounds, owned by the adjacent University of North Carolina, are open daily. No admission is charged, but donations are welcome as the gardens are non-profit.