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Vacation in Brevard & Transylvania County - North Carolina

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Area Overview

Don’t be deceived by the easy pace and iconic small town America ambiance of Transylvania County’s charming, historic county seat. There is probably something awesome going on right now in downtown Brevard. It might be as simple as a new exhibit at one of its many small galleries, a beer tasting at a local pub or a truly spectacular day-capping combo of toy shop visit and chocolate milkshake. Or it could be live music (which occurs with near-daily frequency in the warmer months) a bike or running race or one of Brevard’s many beloved, family-friendly street festivals.

A short list of things to do in Downtown Brevard might not stretch all the way down Main Street, but it would certainly wander through the one-of-a-kind inventories of local boutiques, grab a delicious meal or three at a wide variety of mouth-watering local eateries (of both casual and upscale orientations), drop by for a little bluegrass on the front porch of the Silvermont Mansion, get a tip or two about a mostly secret swimming hole from a chatty local and end up on a romantic, moonlit stroll past the courthouse gazebo.

Downtown Brevard offers fine, relaxed accompaniment to wilderness exploration and a whole new sort of adventure for any and all inclined to follow their senses through one of America’s Coolest Small Towns.

Surrounding this cool small town is a county made up of almost 50% public land. Imagine one hundred thousand acres of pristine forests laced with epic hiking and mountain biking trails that you can follow all the way to the edge of the sky. Shimmering mountain streams teeming with native trout. Massive rock monoliths daring to be climbed. And North America’s largest concentration of waterfalls, millions of years in the making, waiting to be discovered.

In short, there’s no better base camp for your outdoor adventure.

Includes Cities/Towns: Balsam Grove, Brevard, Cedar Mountain, Lake Toxaway, Penrose, Pisgah Forest, Rosman, Sapphire.

Things to Do

Recreation & Fitness

Shopping, dining, music of all types, waterfalls, hiking, biking, camping, gem mining, horseback riding, golf, tennis, swimming, theater, opera, fly fishing, rock climbing, summer camps, canoeing, kayaking, tubing, SUP'ing, river snorkeling, nature tours, brewery tours, waterfall tours, art tours, history tours, zip-lining, glamping, trail running, festivals, lodging

Cultural Activities

Chamber music, opera, classical music, pops, theater, art galleries, art studios, history museum, sculpture walk, fourth Friday gallery walks, famer's market, heritage sites


Over 250 waterfalls, Lake Toxaway - NC's largest private lake, Blue Ridge Parkway, Dupont State Recreational Forest, Gorges State Park, Pisgah National Forest, Sliding Rock, Looking Glass Falls, Looking Glass Rock, Allison-Deaver House, Silvermont, McGaha Chapel, Transylvania Heritage Museum, Cradle of Dorestry, French Broad River, Davidson River, Oskar Blues Brewery, Brevard Brewing Company, Ecusta Brewing Company


The Asheville Regional Airport is 20 minutes away. Limited public transportation in the form of a cab. Rental cars are available locally and at the airport.


Monthly Temperatures / Rainfall

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain
 January  24.5  35.6  46.7  6.4 "
 February  26.3  38.5  50.7  5.6 "
 March  32.8  45.7  58.6  7.0 "
 April  39.8  53.4  66.9  5.0 "
 May  48.8  61.2  73.7  6.2 "
 June  56.6  67.9  79.3  5.8 "
 July  61.1  71.7  82.3  5.6 "
 August  60.0  70.3  80.6  5.7 "
 September  54.2  64.9  75.6  5.5 "
 October  41.8  54.5  67.2  5.0 "
 November  33.6  45.8  58.0  6.1 "
 December  27.2  38.3  49.4  6.0 "

Best Time To Go:

Summer and fall.

Spring is beautiful with wildflowers and clear blue skies. Summers are warm, not hot. The cool rivers and forests are popular then. Fall is popular for leaf-lookers from mid-October to mid-November. Winter is mild with little to no snow. Activities such as mountain biking, hiking, fishing, etc. are not interrupted by Winter.


Camping - tents, tree houses, glamping, primitive, RV and motorcoach. Hotel/Motel - two major chain hotels, one popular retro-cool motel, one inn on the Parkway, one mom-and-pop also with cabins and a lodge. Resorts - One farm-to-table lodge great for families, one new adventure retreat. B&B's - upscale to casual, in-town or secluded. Vacation rentals - cabins, cottages, homes, luxury rentals, condos. Rental agencies are your one-stop shop.


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