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Local Attractions

Local Area Attractions

(Less than 30 minutes away)
Explore Brevard Website
Official tourism site from the Transylvania County Tourism Development Authority
Blue Ridge Parkway
The 469-mile parkway intersects Asheville at US 25, 70 and 74, and NC 191. The Blue Ridge Parkway travels through twenty nine counties and accounts for two billion dollars each year in revenue to North Carolina and Virginia.
Brevard Music Center
The Brevard Music Center, a summer institute and festival, teaches gifted young musicians to prepare and perform great musical works at a high artistic level.
Carl Sandburg Home
Historic home site of Carl Sandburg won two Pulitzer prizes and entertained heads of state, presidents, and Hollywood movie stars.
Cradle of Forestry
The Cradle of Forestry in America is the site of the first forestry school in America, the Biltmore Forest School, founded in 1898 by Dr. Carl Schenck, chief forester for George Vanderbilt's Biltmore Estate. Outdoor activities include two guided trails which lead you back in time to seven historical buildings, a 1915 Climax locomotive and the old sawmill.
Dupont State Forest
Located in the Little River valley with more than 10,000 acres of forest, trails, and waterfalls. The Ultimate Ride Horse Stable and Trail rides is Located adjacent to Dupont State Forest
Flat Rock Playhouse
State Theatre of North Carolina.
Historic Downtown Hendersonville
Offering more than 120 exceptional shopping and dining venues, including Art Galleries, Folk Arts & Craft Shops, Antique Shops, Historical Sites, Casual and Fine Restaurants, and Entertainment throughout the year.
Historic Hendersonville & Flat Rock
Historic Hendersonville & the Village of Flat Rock website
Holmes Educational State Forest
Holmes is an educational State forest with rugged terrain, numerous rock outcroppings, and scenic vistas. The park also offers a rich mixture of mountain hardwoods, rhododendron, flame azaleas, and a variety of wildflowers.
Jump Off Rock
Jump Off Rock is a scenic overlook which provides a panoramic view of rolling pastures, the Blue Ridge and Pisgah mountain ranges. Located in the Town of Laurel Park.
Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education
Visitors to the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education can view both indoor and outdoor exhibits that focus on Mountain region wildlife. Also view the trout raceways at the adjacent Pisgah Fish Hatchery managed by the Wildlife Commission's Division of Inland Fisheries.
Pisgah National Forest
The Pisgah District is a mecca for vacationers, naturalists and adventurers, offering a wide range of options for your recreating pleasure. Just to mention a few, there's hiking and back-packing, camping, fishing, biking, horse-back riding, swimming, rock-climbing, car-touring, waterfalls, wildlife, historical areas, and a variety of special programs to choose from, including everything from lectures to guided hikes and square dancing.
Sliding Rock
Sliding Rock is a recreation area set up by the US Forest Service. It's a 60' natural rock slide with a 6-7 foot deep pool at the base. Lifeguards and staff are on duty from appr. Memorial Day week end to Labor Day and there is a fee of $1 per person to access the area, which is 7.5 miles north of Hwy 64 on Hwy 276. For more info, call the US Forest Service at 828-877-3350. Kids have to be a certain size to slide alone, otherwise they can sit on the lap of an adult and slide.

Medium Area Attractions

(30 to 60 minutes away)
Biltmore Estate
America's largest home boasts 250 rooms, 65 fireplaces, an indoor pool, bowling alley, priceless art and antiques.
Chimney Rock Park
The park offers spectacular 75-mile views, hiking trails for all ages, the 404-foot Hickory Nut Falls, a variety of special events and much more.
Explore Asheville
The official Asheville, North Carolina tourism site.
Folk Art Center
The most popular attraction on the Blue Ridge Parkway, welcoming 250,000 visitors each year.
Gorges State Park
An elevation that rises 2,000 feet in only four miles, combined with rainfall in excess of 80 inches per year, creates a temperate rain forest and supports a collection of waterfalls.
Lake Lure
The lake is approximately 720 acres, with about twenty-one miles of shoreline. National Geographic has called Lake Lure one of the most beautiful man-made lakes in the world. Located in Western North Carolina, Lake Lure sits in the heart of Hickory Nut Gorge. East of Asheville, the Rocky Broad River tears its way in a series of rapids down through Hickory Nut Gap. This crystal clear water flows through a valley shaped roughly in the form of a Maltese cross to make Lake Lure. Great stretches of water, three long bays, an island of seven acres and many small bays and inlets with a background of tree clad hills and mountains. The climate is unusually good as Lake Lure lies in the "Thermal Belt."
New Morning Gallery
A fine arts destination located in Historic Biltmore Village.
North Carolina Arboretum
The Arboretum focuses on the education, economic development, research, conservation, and garden demonstration with respect to landscape, architecture, and plant sciences.
The Orange Peel
Social Aid & Pleasure Club.

Easy Day Trips

(90 to 120 minutes away)
Bi-Lo Center, Greenville
The BI-LO Center is a state-of-the-art 15,000 seat sports and entertainment arena.
Cherokee Indian Reservation
Cherokee Indian Reservation located in Cherokee, North Carolina. Also home to Harrah's Cherokee Casino.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a hiker's paradise with over 800 miles of maintained trails ranging from short leg-stretchers to strenuous treks that may require backcountry camping.
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
With the romance and mystique of an era gone by, guests on board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will enjoy scenic train journeys across fertile valleys, into tunnels and through river gorges in a spectacular region called The Great Smoky Mountains. This section of western North Carolina offers a wide array of ever changing vegetation and fantastic landscapes.
Grandfather Mountain
Grandfather Mountain is the highest peak in the Blue Ridge mountain range and a globally recognized nature preserve.
Linville Caverns
Located at the base of Humpback Mountain in beautiful Linville Valley.
Peace Center, Greenville, SC
The Peace Center's mission is to present the world's finest performers from a broad variety of disciplines, sustain state-of-the-art theatrical venues and quality services to support local performing arts groups.

Event Calendars

Brevard/Transylvania County Calendar of Events
Hendersonville Calendar of Events
Asheville Calendar of Events

Seasonal Events

North Carolina Apple Festival
WNC Mountain State Fair
White Squirrel Festival
Blue Ridge Corn Maze (August through Halloween)

Local Information
Heart of Brevard
Brevard/Transylvania Chamber of Commerce
Transylvania Community Arts Council