Property Tax Collections - Buncombe County (2022)

Tax Collections is responsible for collecting all real and personal property taxes assessed within the county, occupancy tax, gross receipts tax, and beer and wine retail license fees.

Property taxes include real estate, vehicle, business personal property and other personal property, such as manufactured homes, untagged vehicles and boats, etc. Collections mails over 150,000 property tax notices and collects property tax totaling more than $310 million each year for Buncombe County and the municipalities within the County's boundaries.

Ways to pay your taxes

Pay

Pay Taxes - By Phone.

Pay Taxes - By Phone

  • Call 1-877-690-3729 toll-free and follow the automated prompts to complete your transaction.
  • Enter jurisdiction code 4301.
  • Press 2 to pay any type of property tax.
  • Enter all information as prompted by the automated system.
  • You will receive a receipt number when your transaction is complete.

Note: A convenience fee will be applied to your total — explanation of fees

Online Service Payment Fees

  • Electronic checks: No Fee
  • VISA Debit: $3.95 per transaction
  • Credit/Debit: 2.35% per transaction
    • Transaction Minimum: $1.95

Pay

Pay Taxes - By Mail.

Pay Taxes - By Mail

Mail your payment and coupon in the self-addressed envelope you received with your tax bill. If you don't have your payment coupon, you can mail a check with your bill number noted in the memo section to the Tax Department—Tax Collections Mailing Addresses.

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Pay Taxes - By Drop-Off Box.

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Pay Taxes - By Drop-Off Box

Drop off your tax payment with the payment coupon in one of our two drop boxes located in downtown Asheville.

In the driveway of the Family Justice Center at 35 Woodfin Street,

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On the wall next to the main entrance of the Tax Department at 94 Coxe Avenue.

PLEASE NOTE: It may take up to three (3) business days for credit card and e-check payments initiated online or via telephone to post to outstanding bills.

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Is your tax bill too large to pay all at once? Our Tax Department gives you the option of paying over the course of the year so you don’t have to pay all at once. Being enrolled in a payment plan also ensures you won’t be subject to collection actions, such as payroll or bank garnishments.

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Casual Payment Plan

The Casual Payment Plan allows you to send in a predetermined amount every month; it will not be automatically drafted from your bank account. Once you receive your bill you can continue your monthly payments until the bill is paid in full.

If you enrolled in the Casual Payment Plan, you can mail in a check to the Buncombe County Tax Collector with "Prepayment" and your PIN or account number written on the memo line, or drop it in one of our drop boxes located at 35 Woodfin Street and 94 Coxe Avenue.

Note: If you have a bill from 2021, you must finish monthly payments by April, 2022.

Preauthorized Debit Payment Plan

The Preauthorized Debit Plan automatically withdraws a predetermined amount from your bank account every month.

Note: If you have a bill from 2021, you must finish monthly payments by May, 2022.

Both payment plans require you to contact our office.
For more information or to enroll in a payment plan call a County Account Representative at (828) 250-4910 to talk to a Tax Collector to start the process.

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Real Estate

When will I receive a bill?

Tax notices (bills) are mailed in early August each year and are due on September 1st. There is, however, a four month grace period that allows you to pay your taxes up to the following January 5 before interest is added. In effect, January 5th is the deadline for paying property taxes.

What if I buy/sell property during the year?

The owner of the property as of January 1st of the current tax year is responsible for taxes for the entire year, unless the property changes ownership during the tax year. If there is a change of ownership, the owner of record on the following January 6 or date interest begins and any subsequent owner will be held liable for any unpaid real estate taxes.

The Tax Department does not prorate real estate taxes; this should be handled between the buyer and seller at the time of the sale. The Tax Department will attempt to send the bill to the January 1 owner of record as well as any subsequent owners. Tax liens against the property will stay until the taxes are paid in full.

Vehicles

When will I receive a bill?

About sixty (60) days before your vehicle registration expires the North Carolina DMV will send a renewal notice to the address on record. This notice lists both vehicle registration fees and property taxes due. Your annual vehicle inspection, registration renewal and vehicle property tax will be due the same month each year. Both the annual tax renewal and property tax will be paid to the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles.

I don't own this vehicle any longer. Why did I get a bill?

You are billed for the vehicle you owned on the date of registration. If you have purchased a new vehicle and transferred your tags from the old vehicle to the new one, then the tax on the old vehicle would be due in full. You would not receive a tax bill on the new vehicle until you renew your registration on the old tag. However, if you sold your vehicle AND turned in the tag to the DMV, you should send a copy of the receipt from DMV to the Tax Department within one (1) year in order to qualify for a release or refund.

DMV has blocked my registration renewal. What should I do?

North Carolina DMV collects both vehicle registration fees and property taxes. If you have questions regarding your vehicle registration contact the DMV at (919) 814-1779 or visit https://www.ncdot.gov/dmv/title-registration/registration/Pages/tag-tax-together.aspx.

Licensed Motor Vehicles and Trailers are listed automatically when you register or renew your motor vehicle or trailer registration through the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles. Each month the Department Of Motor Vehicles sends to each County Tax Office a list of every person in the county who has registered a motor vehicle or a trailer. A licensed trailer includes any trailer that requires a registration, such as boat trailers, animal trailers, utility trailers, camping trailers and motor homes. Taxpayers receive a separate tax bill for each licensed motor vehicle or trailer about three (3) months after it is registered.

How do I get a receipt for the property taxes paid to the DMV?

To access registered motor vehicle property taxes paid to the NC DMV please visit this site:

You will need:

  • your NC Driver's License or NC Identification Card Number,
  • the Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number,
  • I-94 (Arrival/Departure US Customs Form) or Alien Registration Number,
  • and birth date

Once logged in, you will see "Correspondence" on the right side of the window. Under "Correspondence" you will be able to select the year for Vehicle Property Tax Fee paid or as pictured VEH PROP TAX FEE. Select the year desired and all vehicles paid for in that year will pop up with the total taxes paid for each vehicle in that calendar year.

Businesses will not be able to access tax information through the MyDMV Portal.

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My value is too high, how do I appeal?

If you wish to appeal the value of your vehicle, you will need to furnish the following information to the county tax department within thirty (30) days from the billing date:

  1. If recently purchased from a dealer, a copy of the bill of sale.
  2. One appraisal stating the average retail value as of January 1st of the taxing year. This appraisal must be from a licensed vehicle dealer. You need one copy of the Vehicle Appraisal Form for each vehicle that you are appealing.
  3. Mileage reading - odometer statement from the most recent vehicle inspection or vehicle service receipt.
  4. If wrecked, bring an appraisal indicating extent of damage and cost to repair and when the accident took place.

Form

This appraisal must be from a licensed vehicle dealer. One must be submitted for each vehicle being appealed.

Property Tax Payments

How and where can I pay my taxes?

The most convenient way to pay your taxes is to use the self addressed envelope you received with your bill. Also, you may pay your bills in person at the Tax Department on 94 Coxe Avenue or you can use the Tax Bill Drop Box. Our convenient payment drop boxes are located at 35 Woodfin Street and 94 Coxe Avenue. There will be signs to direct you.

*For more information please visit Property Tax Collections.

Can I pay by credit card on the internet?

*Please visit Property Tax Collections.

What is the Mailing Address for the Tax Department?

Please mail any correspondence relating to the assessment of real estate, motor vehicle values, mobile home valuation, and any other concerns or appeals in value assessment to:

Tax Assessment
155 Hilliard Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801

Please mail any correspondence relating to collections to:

Buncombe County Tax Collections
PO Box 3140
Asheville, NC 28802-3140

Billing

I need help with electronic billing or electronic Tax Department documents, who do I contact?

The Tax Department contracts with a third party, SouthData, to maintain the electronic billing and documents process. Contact SouthData by email, or by phone, (800) 549-4722, extension 385.

SouthData will be happy to assist you with registering for electronic documents or retrieving electronic documents.

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Tax Rates

How are taxes determined?

The responsibility of the Tax Department is to value all taxable property in the County. The total value of all the property in the county is called the tax base. Each county agency or department submits an annual operating budget to the county manager. The county manager submits a recommended total budget to the county commissioners for their consideration. In June, the Board of Commissioners reviews the budget, conducting public hearings to get residents' input. By the end of June, the commissioners adopt the budget. The budget is divided by the tax base value to determine a tax rate. The tax rate is based on amounts per each $100 in value. Of course this process is not as simple as it sounds; many laborious hours are spent analyzing the budgets and county programs to arrive at a budget that will provide the most cost efficient services to Buncombe County.

A similar process is completed for each municipality and fire district. The whole process is usually completed by the end of June and the county commissioners and town boards establish new tax rates in July. Once the tax rates are established, taxpayers receive a consolidated tax bill, usually in August, which includes Buncombe County, fire district, Asheville Schools, City of Asheville, Town of Black Mountain, Town of Montreat, or the Town of Woodfin, depending on the location of the property.

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Our priority is to work hand-in-hand with you to pay your bill. We are required by North Carolina law to advertise properties with outstanding taxes due. It is important to note that just because your property has been advertised does not mean the foreclosure process has begun. Foreclosure is an absolute last resort.

If your property has been advertised, you can contact a Tax Department Account Representative and they will work with you to help find payment options and plans that work with your budget. If an advertised property does not get enrolled in a payment plan then foreclosure is a possibility. We want to work with you to prevent this. You can contact our professional Account Representatives at (828) 250-4910.

Note: The amount due for each property reflects payments received in the Tax Department through May 19, 2022.

County of Buncombe, City of Asheville, Town of Black Mountain, Town of Woodfin, Town of Weaverville, and Town of Montreat.

Under and by virtue of the authority vested in the Tax Collector by Section §105-369 of the North Carolina General Statutes and pursuant to an order by the Board of County Commissioners of Buncombe County dated February 1, 2022, the Tax Collector is hereby advertising tax liens on all unpaid 2021 real estate tax bills as of 5:00 p.m. May 19, 2022.

This advertisement shall contain "the name of the record owner of the parcel as determined as of the date the taxes became delinquent." Taxes became delinquent on January 6, 2022 and notices were properly sent to the owners of record as of that date. Also contained in this advertisement is the property description, parcel identification number and the principal amount of tax due.

The amount advertised will be increased by interest and advertising cost, and the omission of interest and advertising cost from the amount advertised will not constitute a waiver of Buncombe County’s claim for those items. If the taxes remain unpaid, the Buncombe County Tax Department may foreclose on the tax lien to satisfy all claims on unpaid taxes.

Jennifer Pike
Tax Collector

Latest Tax Liens

The listings in this section indicate the owner of record of the real estate as of May 19, 2022, a description of the property, the parcel identification number and the principal amount of tax due.
Latest Advertisement of Tax Liens The listings in this section indicate the owner of record of the real estate as of May 19, 2022, a description of the property, the parcel identification number and the principal amount of tax due

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Contact

Property Tax Collections
P: (828) 250-4910

Physical Address

Tax Collections Division
94 Coxe Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801

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Mailing Address

Tax Collections Division
PO Box 3140
Asheville, NC 28802

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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NOTE: Free limited parking is available across the street from the walk-thru entrance of 94 Coxe Avenue.
Enter the visitor parking lot from Hilliard Avenue.

FAQs

What are property taxes in Asheville NC? ›

Asheville's current tax rate is 42.89 cents for every $100 of assessed property.

What is NC tangible property? ›

Typical items of tangible property include: inventory (valued at actual cost or by method consistent with the actual flow of goods), consigned inventories to be included by consignor, machinery and equipment, furniture and fixtures, containers, tools and supplies, land, buildings, leasehold improvements, and all other ...

How do I look up a deed in North Carolina? ›

To look at a deed you can:
  1. Go to your Register of Deeds Office and look at the document there. Find your Register of Deeds in: Your phone book under county government. The NC Directory of State and County Officials: ...
  2. Look it up online. Many counties have their real property (land) records online. Go to the county website.

What county is Black Mountain NC in? ›

Black Mountain, located 15 miles from Asheville on the eastern edge of Buncombe County, is a quintessential small town, complete with a charming and walkable downtown, a thriving arts and crafts scene, and—at 2,405 feet in elevation—access to incredible outdoor adventure.

At what age do you stop paying property taxes in North Carolina? ›

The tax amount above the ceiling is deferred until a disqualifying event occurs—typically when the home changes hands. To get this tax break, you must be 65 years old or older and permanently and totally disabled.

Which County in NC has the highest taxes? ›

(The Center Square) – Orange County residents on average paid $3,488 annually in property taxes, the highest such tax levies among all regions of North Carolina, according to a new Tax Foundation analysis.

What state has the highest property tax? ›

1. New Jersey. New Jersey holds the unenviable distinction of having the highest property taxes in America yet again-it's a title that the Garden State has gotten used to defending. The tax rate there is an astronomical 2.21%, the highest in the country, and its average home value is painfully high as well.

Are taxes high in Asheville? ›

How does the Asheville sales tax compare to the rest of NC? The 7% sales tax rate in Asheville consists of 4.75% North Carolina state sales tax and 2.25% Buncombe County sales tax. There is no applicable city tax or special tax.

Which state has the lowest property taxes? ›

States With Lowest Property Tax
  • When it comes to the opposite end of the spectrum, Hawaii offers the lowest effective property tax rates in the country at 0.31%. ...
  • Alabama proves to be a very affordable state for homeowners.
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How do property taxes work in North Carolina? ›

How are property taxes calculated? A homeowners' property tax bill is calculated by multiplying the assessed value of a property by the combined city and county tax rate. In North Carolina, there is no state property tax. Counties collect the largest share of property tax revenue.

Can someone take your property by paying the taxes in NC? ›

3. Can you pay someone's delinquent taxes and become the owner of the property? No. Paying someone else's taxes will not entitle you to any legal ownership to the property.

What is considered personal property in NC? ›

Personal property includes motor vehicles, boats, campers, trailers, singlewide mobile homes with wheels & axle attached, doublewide trailers with wheels and axle attached, household furnishing or appliances for someone who rented or leased a residence or apartment from you, permanent tagged trailers, and airplanes.

How long are ad valorem tax liens valid in North Carolina? ›

§ 105-362. Discharge of lien on real property. (a) General Rule. - The tax lien on real property shall continue until the principal amount of the taxes plus penalties, interest, and costs allowed by law have been fully paid.

Are deeds public record in NC? ›

All real estate records are public records and are available for inspection between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Register of Deeds Office is located in the County and Courts Office Building, 720 East Fourth Street, Charlotte, NC 28202.

How do I find out if a property has a lien in North Carolina? ›

How Do I Check for Lien in North Carolina?
  1. Any willing individual can check with the county recorder, county assessor, or the county clerk's office where the property is located. ...
  2. An individual may decide to consult the services of a title agent. ...
  3. Many companies offer title and property lien searches online.

How do I find out who owns a house in North Carolina? ›

North Carolina property owners can always be found by county officials. In fact, property deeds have to be registered with the recorder of deeds in the county where the property is located. In North Carolina, records are filed in the County Register of Deeds office or the County Clerk of Superior Court's Office.

Why is Black Mountain North Carolina called Black Mountain? ›

Early settlers of the area were lured by the adventure and rugged beauty of the surrounding mountains. The Town of Black Mountain was founded in 1893. It was named for the Black Mountain range of mountains that border the Town to the north.

What is the racial makeup of Black Mountain North Carolina? ›

Black Mountain Demographics

White: 95.65% Black or African American: 2.90% Two or more races: 0.64% Other race: 0.42%

What is Asheville NC known for? ›

Asheville is a mountain city in western North Carolina. Most notably, Asheville is famous for its Blue Ridge Mountains and Biltmore Estate. It's also known for its craft beer scene. While visiting, check out the art scene and architecture, and have a relaxing afternoon in Pack Square Park.

Do seniors get a break on property taxes in NC? ›

North Carolina state law allows property tax relief for low-income seniors and disabled homeowners, as well as disabled veterans or their unmarried surviving spouse.

Is NC tax friendly for retirees? ›

North Carolina is moderately tax-friendly for retirees. It does not tax Social Security retirement benefits. The state also has low property taxes and sales taxes near the national average.

What is the Bailey Act North Carolina? ›

The Bailey settlement affects the taxation of retirement benefits paid to former employees of the State of North Carolina, its local governments, and the federal government, including persons receiving these benefits as survivor beneficiaries.

What county in North Carolina has the cheapest taxes? ›

The county with the lowest tax rate was Carteret County, located northeast of Onslow County, with a rate of 33 cents per every $100 of valuation.

What is the average property tax in North Carolina? ›

The average effective property tax rate in the nation is 1.07% of the assessed value. In North Carolina, the average rate is 0.77%.

Is North Carolina a tax free state? ›

North Carolina has a 4.75 percent state sales tax rate, a max local sales tax rate of 2.75 percent, and an average combined state and local sales tax rate of 6.98 percent. North Carolina's tax system ranks 11th overall on our 2022 State Business Tax Climate Index.

Which state has no property tax in USA? ›

Unfortunately, there are no states without a property tax. Property taxes remain a significant contributor to overall state income. Tax funds are used to operate and maintain essential government services like law enforcement, infrastructure, education, transportation, parks, water and sewer service improvements.

What are the 3 states that don't tax retirement income? ›

States That Don't Tax Retirement Income

Eight states have no state income tax. Those eight – Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wyoming – don't tax wages, salaries, dividends, interest or any sort of income.

What state has no income tax? ›

Only eight states have no personal income tax:
  • Wyoming.
  • Washington.
  • Texas.
  • Tennessee.
  • South Dakota.
  • Nevada.
  • Florida.
  • Alaska.
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When you buy a house are the taxes reassessed? ›

Property taxes are not affected by the sale of a home. Property assessments change when there are town-wide reassessments. This is when every property's worth is re-evaluated. Your house may go up in value, down in value, or just stay the same.

What is the NC tax rate for 2022? ›

On January 1, 2022, North Carolina's now flat income tax dropped from 5.25% to 4.99% and is scheduled to fall to 3.99% in 2026.

Does Asheville NC have local income tax? ›

For tax year 2019, the individual income tax rate is 5.25%.

Where in the world is there no property tax? ›

LIECHTENSTEIN In Liechtenstein, there are no property taxes, but notional income on the net value of the property is subject to income tax. For corporations, there is no real estate tax either.

Are property taxes cheaper in North Carolina or South Carolina? ›

South Carolina residents enjoy one of the lowest property taxes and are ranked 45th in the country, while North Carolina came in at 31st. An average of just . 56% of their home's market value is paid by residents of South Carolina, while North Carolina residents pay an average of . 85%.

What is the most tax-friendly state to retire in? ›

1. Delaware. Congratulations, Delaware – you're the most tax-friendly state for retirees! With no sales tax, low property taxes, and no death taxes, it's easy to see why Delaware is a tax haven for retirees.

How many times a year are property taxes due in NC? ›

Real estate and personal property taxes are billed on an annual basis. Tax bills are mailed out during the month of July, and bills are due September 1 each year.

How often do you pay property taxes in North Carolina? ›

Tax returns and payment are due each month on or before the twentieth (20th) day of the month following the month in which the tax accrues. The tax lien or assessment date each year is January 1st . Taxes are due and payable September 1st. 2020 taxes are payable without interest through January 5, 2021.

How often are property taxes assessed in North Carolina? ›

Reappraisal Overview

In North Carolina, real estate reappraisals are required to be conducted at least once every eight years.

How long does NC have to collect back taxes? ›

In general, the statute of limitations for obtaining a refund of an overpayment is the later of three years after the due date of the return or two years after payment of the tax.

Is North Carolina a tax lien state? ›

North Carolina is a decent tax sale state because the state conducts both tax lien and tax deed sales and the tax foreclosure sales are 4 times per year, so the state has many bidding opportunities. North Carolina Tax Foreclosure Auctions or Sales are held in December.

What happens when you don't pay property taxes? ›

But what happens if you don't pay your property taxes? First, the delinquent amount becomes a lien on the home. Then, if you don't pay off the debt, the taxing authority could sell your home, possibly through a tax foreclosure process.

How long can you go without paying property taxes in NC? ›

At any time after three months after docketing, but no more than two years from the indexing of the judgment, the tax collector can file a request for execution with the court. The court then orders the sheriff to sell your home to satisfy the tax debt.

At what age do you stop paying property taxes in North Carolina? ›

The tax amount above the ceiling is deferred until a disqualifying event occurs—typically when the home changes hands. To get this tax break, you must be 65 years old or older and permanently and totally disabled.

What are property taxes used for? ›

Property Taxes account for over thirty percent (30%) of the budgets of the Local Authorities (Parish Councils, KSAC & Portmore Municipal Council) and are used to fund a range of property related services as well as to support the administration of the Local Authorities and for community development.

How long do North Carolina property owners have to appeal a special assessment roll? ›

If the owner of, or any person having an interest in, a lot, parcel, or tract of land against which an assessment is made is dissatisfied with the amount of the assessment, he may, within 10 days after the day the assessment roll is confirmed, file a notice of appeal to the appropriate division of the General Court of ...

Which of the following liens is not required to be recorded in order to be valid? ›

mechanic's lien. Which of the following liens does not need to be recorded to be valid? A statutory lien is created by statute.

How do I find out if I owe NC State taxes? ›

Dial 1-877-252-4052 2. For questions surrounding your 2019 Ind. Income return, please follow the phone prompts. For questions concerning any other tax years, please see “to check account status” for directions.

What county is Candler NC? ›

Candler is an unincorporated community in Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States. It lies on North Carolina Highway 151 and U.S. Routes 19, 23, and 74 Business, at an elevation of 2,122.7 feet (647 m). The ZIP code of Candler is 28715. The community is part of the Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area.

What county is Fletcher NC in? ›

The Town of Fletcher, which was incorporated in 1989, is located in Henderson County, North Carolina approximately 13 miles south of Asheville.

What county is Asheville NC in? ›

Buncombe County, including the City of Asheville, continues to see a significant growth in the number of positive COVID-19 cases.

What is Weaverville NC known for? ›

Weaverville is home to the Zebulon B. Vance Birthplace. This restored farm was the childhood home to the late North Carolina Civil War governor and Reconstructionist senator. Located in Reems Creek Valley, surrounded by mountains, this historic site is open to the public and just a few miles from Weaverville.

What is Hendersonville NC known for? ›

Hendersonville stands out with a pedestrian-friendly downtown, distinctive hiking trails, outdoor adventure, family activities, a thriving culinary scene, and a collection of wineries, breweries, and cideries that comprise the popular Cheers!

What is Waynesville North Carolina known for? ›

From waterfall hiking and cycling to fishing and more, Waynesville is a true outdoor enthusiast's paradise. Two of the most popular attractions in Waynesville are Cataloochee Valley (can you say elk?) and the Blue Ridge Parkway, which offer breathtaking views of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Is Black Mountain worth visiting? ›

Among its accolades in recent years, Black Mountain has been named the “Prettiest Small Town in America” by readers of TripAdvisor and for good reason. You can easily enjoy gorgeous views of the mountains around every turn and access numerous outdoor adventures within minutes of the downtown area.

What is Mills River NC known for? ›

The Mills River Recreational Area is located near the entrance to Pisgah National Forest and is a popular congregation area for hikers, fishermen, and mountain bikers. But if you want to explore the forest with a good neigh-bor, reserve an adventure with Saddle-Up Trail Rides.

What is Arden NC known for? ›

Remarkable for its mountain views, beautiful Lake Julian and family-friendly environment, the peaceful town of Arden offers a number of fun activities to spend a day with family members of all ages.

What was Asheville called before it was Asheville? ›

By 1790 the United States Census counted 1,000 residents in the area, excluding the native Cherokee. Buncombe County was officially organized on April 16, 1792. The county seat was named “Morristown” in 1793. In 1797, Morristown was incorporated and renamed “Asheville” after North Carolina Governor Samuel Ashe.

Why is Asheville famous? ›

Asheville is a mountain city in western North Carolina. Most notably, Asheville is famous for its Blue Ridge Mountains and Biltmore Estate. It's also known for its craft beer scene. While visiting, check out the art scene and architecture, and have a relaxing afternoon in Pack Square Park.

Why is Asheville called Asheville? ›

In 1792, Buncombe County was established with a city called "Morristown" as its county seat. In 1797, that city was renamed Asheville after North Carolina Governor Samuel Ashe.

What is Buncombe County known for? ›

Buncombe County, nicknamed "Land of the Sky" for its rugged mountain beauty, is located in the Mountain region of western North Carolina. Buncombe's land includes parts of the Great Craggy Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains, and a section of the Eastern Continental Divide passes through it.

Is Buncombe County rural or urban? ›

Buncombe County is one of North Carolina's 14 Regional City or Suburban Counties . The Rural Center classifies counties into 3 categories using population and land area data from the United States Census Bureau.

How did Buncombe County North Carolina get its name? ›

The measure passed in 1791, and a small group of wealthy landowners formed Buncombe County's first local government in 1792. Originally named Union County, the petitioners eventually settled on Buncombe to honor Colonel Edward Buncombe, a Caribbean-born plantation owner and Revolutionary War veteran.

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