Woodfin is a town in Buncombe County, North Carolina located a short 9 minute drive or 5 miles from Asheville. It borders the north side of the city of Asheville.. The population was 6,123 as of the2010 census. It is part of the Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area. The town is named for Nicholas Washington Woodfin, a renowned lawyer and statesman of early North Carolina, under whom Governor Zebulon Vance clerked as an attorney. Woodfin is the only municipality bearing the name Woodfin in the United States. The town was incorporated in 1971, although the community itself dates back to at least the mid-19th century. The town's history is closely tied to manufacturing. Much of the remaining early housing stock is characteristic of early 20th century mill villages. Many neighborhoods within the community bear names tied to the industry, such as "Martel Village" and "Company Bottom" As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,162 people, 1,394 households, and 769 families residing in the town.

History buffs shouldn’t miss the nearby birthplace of Western North Carolina’s Civil War governor and most successful politician, Zebulon Baird Vance. Learn about antebellum farm life and Vance’s famous mountain family on a tour of this reconstructed pioneer homestead nestled in picturesque Reems Creek Valley.



Woodfin is nestled along the banks of the ancient French Broad River, Woodfin is a community that accomplishes the difficult balancing act of providing small town quality of life and big city amenities at the same time. Friendly people, good jobs, great restaurants, beautiful scenery all located five minutes from downtown Asheville. Woodfin is a quiet, safe community where neighbors still take the time to know one another and where you don’t have to put up with the headaches of urban living to enjoy the amenities of city life.

Bring a picnic basket as for a scenic drive north from Asheville on Merrimon Avenue toward the town of Woodfin. Parks, lakes and tree-lined streets offer sunny spots to enjoy rolling hills with a mountain backdrop. Head over to Ledges Whitewater Park and watch kayakers practice basic skills in this gentler, rolling section of the French Broad River. Experience the fun, quirky businesses of Woodfin. Get French roast with attitude at Asheville Coffee Roasters, enjoy the “World’s Best Carrot Cake” and the always-eclectic treasure trove that is Sanctuary of Stuff.



NEARBY CITIES: Asheville, Hendersonville, Mars Hill

COUNTY: Buncombe

NEARBY TOWNS: Biltmore Forest, Black Mountain, Montreat, Weaverville, Woodfin

TOWNSHIPS: Avery Creek, Black Mountain, Broad River, Fairview, Flat Creek, French Broad, Ivy, Leicester, Limestone, Lower Hominy, Upper Hominy, Reems Creek, Sandy Mush, Swannanoa, Woodfin

UNINCORPORATED COMMUNITIES: Alexander, Arden, Barnardsville, Candler, Enka, Flat Creek, Forks of Ivy, Jupiter, Leicester, Ridgecrest, Skyland, Stocksville, Swannanoa.


High Schools: Clyde A. Erwin High School

Middle Schools: Clyde A. Erwin Middle School

Elementary Schools: Woodfin Elementary, Montessori Elementary, Claxton Elementary

Other Schools: Odyssey Community School (Pre-K to HS)

COLLEGES: Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College-Asheville, Black Mountain College-Black Mountain, Shaw University, Brevard College-Brevard, Mars Hill University-Mars Hill, Montreat College-Montreat, University of North Carolina-Asheville, Warren Wilson College-Swannanoa, Western Carolina.


BUNCOMBE COUNTY ZIP CODES: 28701, 28709, 28715, 28728, 28730, 28748, 28757, 28770, 28776, 28778, 28801, 28803, 28804, 28805, 28806, 28810, 28813, 28814, 28815, 28816,

COMMUNITIES: Beaver Lake, Elk Mountain, Five Points, Fox Trails, Grace, Grove Park-Sunset, Henrietta-Spears Street, Lakeview Park, Norwood Park, North Asheville, River Walk

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Updated: 3rd October, 2022 5:10 AM (UTC).