For nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, Arden offers no shortage of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. Situated just to the southeast of Lake Julian, families can spend lazy summer days fishing, boating, and picnicking at the Lake Julian Park recreational facilities.
Arden also boasts many other parks in the immediate area, including Glen Bridge River and Picnic Park, Mount Mitchell State Park, and the spectacular Gorges State Park, with its breathtaking waterfalls and river gorges. And nearby, the North Carolina Arboretum and the Western North Carolina Nature Center offer hiking trails, hands-on exhibits, and animal habitats for the whole family to enjoy.
Once the fall foliage peaks in October, you’ll have no trouble understanding why the greater Asheville area was voted one of the “Ten Most Beautiful Places in America” by Good Morning America in 2011!
The Arden/Asheville area offers no shortage of things to do to satisfy any interest. There are seven outstanding golf courses located within a 10 mile radius of Arden, including the Brookwood Country Club, the High Vista Country Club, and the Biltmore Forest Country Club.
For shoppers, the Biltmore Square Mall is a delightful way to spend a day! In nearby Asheville, lovers of the arts will find galleries, museums, and theaters galore. The vibrant Pack Place Education, Arts, and Science Center is not to be missed!
Whether you’re searching for some good old fashioned BBQ or you’re looking for a fine dining experience, you’re in luck, because Arden offers no shortage of amazing dining opportunities.
Here you’ll find authentic German and Italian fare at the Black Forest restaurant, and some of the best BBQ that North Carolina has to offer at Big J’s Bubba-Q. In nearby Asheville, Zambra Wine and Tapas offers a unique gourmet experience in a romantic setting — perfect for a night on the town!
Arden is home to two schools: Glen Arden Elementary, and the Christ School. Glen Arden Elementary is part of the Buncombe County School District, and students will go on to attend nearby Cane Creek Middle School or Valley Springs Middle School, and then T.C. Roberson High School. T.C. Roberson is noted for both its academics as well as athletic excellence, as several of the sports teams are ranked among the best in the state of North Carolina.
The Christ School is a private Episcopal school for boys in grades 8-12. There are also a number of colleges and universities nearby, including the University of North Carolina – Asheville.