Spring apple blossomsEdneyville is known as the heart of Henderson County’s Apple Country and was one of the earliest communities settled in today’s Henderson County. Local apple farmers grow a multitude of apple varieties and operate roadside stands and businesses sell their locally grown apples and apple products throughout the Edneyville area.

Edneyville was named for the Edney brothers, the Rev. Samuel Edney and Asa Edney, who married daughters of William Mills. The community consists of rich agricultural land on the mountain hillsides and in the small valleys. Edneyville is bordered to the south by the community of Dana and to the north by the communities of Bat Cave and Gerton. Fruitland borders the community to the west and Polk County and Rutherford County border the community to the east. Tall mountains peaks separate the community from Polk and Rutherford counties, and from Bat Cave and Gerton. The communities of Fruitland, Edneyville, Gerton and Hooper’s Creek meet at Bearwallow Mountain, the sixth highest peak in the county. Sugarloaf Mountain is the highest peak in Edneyville, ranked No. 9 in the county at 3,965 feet. This mountain is at the border of Henderson, Polk and Rutherford counties.

The Eastern Continental Divide runs through the community of Edneyville. Little Creek and all its tributaries are east of the Continental Divide. These waters eventually flow into the Broad River and the Atlantic Ocean. Clear Creek and its tributaries such as Mill Creek and Lewis Creek, in the western section of the community, are west of the Continental Divide. These streams eventually flow into the French Broad to the Gulf of Mexico via the Mississippi River.

The Mills Gap Road was one of the earliest “roads” into Henderson County. The road entered the county near the border with Rutherford and Polk counties near Sugarloaf Mountain, crossed the “ridge,” continued into Edneyville, and followed what is today South Mills Gap Road toward the Hooper’s Creek community and into Buncombe County.