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East Flat Rock, NC: Little Charleston of the Mountains

Relax and take in the essence of East Flat Rock's mountain fresh air, off-the-road paths, and all-ages family-friendly vibe. Tucked away in the mountains of North Carolina, East Flat Rock is dripping with village charm and community spirit. Here, in one of Henderson County's earliest towns, you'll find a variety of community events and activity, as well as a wealth of recreational activities and outdoor adventures in the splendid natural surroundings of the Western North Carolina mountains. 


About East Flat Rock


Most of the delightful East Flat Rock lies west of the Eastern Continental Divide and its tall, stately range of mountains, which include Little Pisgah (4412 ft.), Bearwallow (4232 ft.), and Little Bearwallow (3980 ft.). Road construction has repositioned some of the village to east of the Continental Divide via U.S 25.

Just outside of East Flat Rock are two protected woodlands, Pisgah National Forest and Dupont State Forest, which offer exquisite mountain views, breathtaking waterfalls, and miles of hiking and biking trails. At 2,025 feet above sea level, East Flat Rock’s climate is perfect for year-round outdoor fun.

Background

charming mountain cabin

East Flat Rock was named in the early 1900s after "The Rock", a large, flat granite rock that served as a meeting place on a common Cherokee trading path. Beginning in the 1820s, low-country residents from South Carolina, in search of an escape from the heat and humidity of the lowcountry, started buying land from early settlers and building their summer estates in the area. Later, the arrival of the railroad brought even more wealthy residents  to the area. 

Much of the East Flat Rock area began as a bog, and only when equipment was invented and then purchased, in the late 1800s, was there enough settlement to form a community. Today, the East Flat Rock Bog is a natural heritage area of the N.C. Natural Heritage Program.

Community Profile

gateway to the great outdoors

East Flat Rock is an unincorporated community of Henderson County. It carries the zip code 28726 and is home to just over 4,000 residents. With an average home price of just $136,300, it’s a highly affordable place to purchase a permanent residence or vacation home, and with a location directly off Interstate 26 along US Route 176, just 4 miles south of Downtown Hendersonville, East Flat Rock is easily within reach of some of the major attractions, towns, and cities of Western North Carolina. It truly is a gateway to the Great Outdoors.


Things to Do in East Flat Rock

What’s there to do in East Flat Rock? What isn’t there to do, that’s the better question! Explore the great outdoors at the nearby Green River Game Lands, where you can find hiking and biking, fishing and hunting, camping, and even river tubing and paddling. There’s also ziplining at The Gorge, one of the steepest and fastest canopy tours in America! It’s just a short drive to neighboring Flat Rock for attractions like the historic Carl Sandburg Home or the Flat Rock Playhouse, where you can enjoy live theatre and musical productions. Also a short drive is downtown Hendersonville, where you can enjoy everything from shopping, dining, and art to outstanding events, entertainment, and festivities.

And if you really want to get away from it all and enjoy your vacation to the max, well, all the outstanding outdoor adventures of Western North Carolina are just outside your door. Escape to boundless outdoor recreation in the mountains and their rolling foothills, like climbing steep slopes to behold breathtaking views, enjoying the cooling spray of a crystal-clear waterfall, admiring wondrous creations of water, rock, and earth, like Chimney Rock, spending a relaxing afternoon fishing from the boat on Lake Lure, hiking forests, biking wilderness, climbing steep rock facts, camping, touring, picnicking, paddling, skiing, photographing, collecting, discovering, and in every way discovering adventure in all its many forms.


Your East Flat Rock Vacation Home


Buy a Home

Ready to enjoy quiet mountain living in East Flat Rock, season after season, year after year? If you plan on making East Flat Rock a regular vacation destination, or are interested in an vacation investment property in East Flat Rock, we invite you to start exploring homes for sale. You can also read more about our property management services for investors.

Rent a Home

Not ready to buy but eager to explore East Flat Rock? Rent a home, stay for a few days, weeks, or even a few months to really get to know the small-town charm, lush mountain landscape, and quaint downtown scene that is East Flat Rock. Learn more about our rental services, or start browsing available homes for rent!

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