Located approximately 20 minutes south of downtown Asheville, Arden is home to Glen Arden Elementary as well as the private all boys’ school, Christ School. You can dine at the almost world famous 12 Bones Smokehouse for the best ribs in town or if spicy is your thing, check out Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack just a half a mile down Sweeten Creek Road. If hiking, biking or running is more your desire, Arden is just a short drive from the Blue Ridge Parkway, Bent Creek Experimental Forest and the North Carolina Arboretum. Arden is also home to Lake Julian Park. The park hosts a number of volleyball courts, horseshoe pits a disc-golf course, boat rentals and picnic shelters. You can also ride through their Festival of Lights during the holiday season.