Many may not realize that Flat Rock is a separate entity from Hendersonville, but it is a village in its own right and has many cultural, commercial and recreational offerings.
The Park at Flat Rock is open from dawn to dusk all year-round. The park, a converted golf course, features mile-and-a-half loops where visitors can walk, run or even bike ride. At either end of the loop is a pavillion where you can stop for a picnic or host events, and a playground where children of all ages can test their adventure skills on the rock climbing wall or ropes course.
Little Rainbow Row is a collection of colorfully painted shops making up the ‘downtown’ area of Flat Rock., the name paying homage to Charleston’s Rainbow Row. These shops are connected on a small strip. Amongst these shops you’ll find the likes of Sweet Magnolia Gallery, Cherry Cottage and The Wrinkled Egg. These staple shops offer a variety of products whether you are looking for a piece of art or to have your portrait taken Sweet Magnolia Gallery and Cherry Cottage can fulfill your needs. The Wrinkled Egg specializes in handmade art and products as well as having a toy section all kids love. Connected to the Wrinkled Egg you will find Flat Rock Bakery where you can eat unbeatable wood-fired pizza, homemade breakfast pastries and bagels, and a variety of soups and salads. If pizza doesn’t strike your fancy, just across the parking lot you can find Hubba Hubba Smokehouse where the smoke barbecue aroma might pull you in before you can even make it to the shops. During the season Thursday afternoons feature a Tailgate Market in the parking area behind the Little Rainbow Row shops.
Located across the street fom the Flat Rock Post Office and on the same side of the street as Little Rainbow Row, Flat Rock Square is the home to a handful of businesses. Brown Dog Studio and Julie Malett can fulfill your photography needs. Salon Christianne is prepared to pamper much further than just a luxurious blowout, with spa services also available. If handcrafted items fulfill your buying needs The Gallery at Flat Rock has got you covered. If you're looking for a place to dine you can try the Dragonfly Cafe or Just Vino where you can also check out the wine selection. And if you are interested in taking in a movie you're in luck, Flat Rock Cinema does not disappoint with small intimate theatres and a vareity of wine and beer for purchase as well as food.
The Carl Sandburg Home is a historic staple nestled comfortably in Flat Rock. Whether guests want to feed the fish in the pond at the base of the property to take a short hike up to feed the goats and visit the babies in the spring, there is much more to this establishment than the house. The house, though, is the most historic part of the property. Visitors can tour the house and witness the beautiful views that Sandburg enjoyed during his life. Across the property visitors will notice other residences including the house occupied by the poet in residence who comes to experience a more secluded stay, drawing inspiration from the spirit of Carl Sandburg.