With a diverse population of people from all walks of life, Henderson County opens up opportunities for residents and visitors alike. Whether you are young, have children or are ready for retirement, Henderson County is the perfect location for enjoying life.
Henderson County is a county in North Carolina's Mountain region, but is characterized by an extensive plateau along the French Broad and Mills River valleys. The lowest point in the county is at approximately 1,200 feet along the Rocky Broad River and the high point is located on Young Pisgah Mountain at approximately 5,200 feet. Population is approximately 90,000 in the county.
Henderson County currently has five incorporated towns/cities: Hendersonville, Fletcher, Flat Rock, Laurel Park and Mills River. Of these, only Hendersonville, the county seat, possesses the typical characteristics of a dense urban center with significant population. Mills River recently became a town.
Apples have been the traditional agricultural crop in Henderson County, especially since World War II, but are today being superseded by land development (for housing and light industrial development). However, the tradition of honoring the local apple industry persists in the county's annual Apple Festival, held each year around Labor Day, and culminating in the "King Apple Parade" attended by tens of thousands of spectators.