Asheville, North Carolina, the seat of Buncombe County. It is on the French Broad River, about 100 miles (160 km) west-northwest of Charlotte. Asheville lies on a plateau, 2,300 feet (700 m) above sea level, in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains. The city serves as a regional center of commerce, industry, and transportation. Products include clothing, textiles, chemicals, electronic equipment, and furniture.
Biltmore House, built in the 1890's, is the former home of George W. Vanderbilt. The luxurious estate now contains an art museum and a botanical garden. In Asheville is the birthplace of the novelist Thomas Wolfe. Asheville is a popular health and tourist resort center; nearby are Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pisgah National Forest, and Mount Mitchell, at 6,684 feet (2,037 m) the highest peak in the Appalachians.
Asheville was settled in 1787.