Connecting to national and state forests, Brevard, NC has many things to admire including a plethora of outdoor activities ranging from waterfall chasing, to hiking and even rock climbing! You will love the hometown feeling and vibrant hub for the arts. Home to the white squirrel, the downtown is host to several annual festivals and special events (including the White Squirrel Music Festival, the Squirrel Box Derby, and the Old Time Music Competition). Fall in love with the mountains of WNC.
Brevard is located at the entrance to Pisgah National Forest and has become a noted tourism, retirement and cultural center in western North Carolina. A moderate climate, environmental beauty and cultural activities attract relocators to the area. Brevard is also known for its white squirrels.
The National Geographic Magazine has written the article below for 1 of The Top 10 places to visit:
Mountain bikers out West might be surprised to hear the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina are one of the best places in the country to ride a mountain bike. Bike magazine called the trails around the town of Brevard “America’s best kept secret.”
The nearby Pisgah National Forest offers a lifetime of mostly technical riding (locals estimate between 200 and 1,000 miles of singletrack) like Pilot Rock and Laurel Mountain Trail, and DuPont State Recreational Forest offers around 100 miles of everything from machine-built flow trails to granite slickrock with sprawling views. At the entrance to Pisgah National Forest, the Bike Farm offers a 440-acre biketopia of glamping, guide and coaching services, a trail network, and a skills park.
Since you’re in the Land of Waterfalls—250 to be exact!—lace up your hiking boots, head to Gorges State Park, and follow Rainbow Falls trail, a newly built four-mile out-and-back gravel footpath, which leads to the spectacular Rainbow Falls, Turtleback Falls and Drift Falls. (Download the Land of Waterfalls app before you go.)
From the back alleys to the myriad galleries on and off Main Street, the town’s artistic charm is what locals are most proud of—after waterfalls, of course. Follow the Brevard Sculpture Trail, pop into the quirky Local Color shop, and explore the Brevard Lumberyard Arts District.
For a scenic picnic, stock up at the Saturday Farmers Market and head to 10,000-acre DuPont Forest for, you guessed it, more waterfalls. The set of films like Last of the Mohicans and The Hunger Games, Triple Falls is a three-tier cascade and an idyllic
With a population of around 8,000, Brevard has old-school small-town charm, great barbecue, and bike shops that serve coffee and beer. The area hosts several cycling events, including the famed Pisgah Stage Race, a five-day endurance mountain bike race through the rocky, rooted terrain Pisgah is known for.
And the Souther Homes Magazine had this to say about our little hometown - 10 Best Places to Travel in the South in 2018
The annual festival held by the Brevard Music Center brings arts and music lovers from all over the country to this tiny town. Between concerts, visit Looking Glass Falls or the swimming hole at Sliding Rock. More adventure-minded travelers can whitewater raft along Wilson Creek or hike the hundreds of miles of trails that criss-cross through Pisgah National Forest. When you’ve worked up an appetite, head to Rocky’s Grill and Soda Shop for memorable pimento cheese, burgers, and all your soda fountain favorites. By the end of the day, you’ll want a cozy place to sleep, so book a room at the restful Key Falls Inn.
The City of Brevard encompasses 5.12 square miles in Western North Carolina at 2,231 feet above sea level. The city lies at 35°14'1.45" N, 82°44'3.49" W, about 27 miles from downtown Asheville, and 8 miles from the South Carolina border.