Real Estate Opportunities Just a short drive from the community amenities found in The Meadows at Sutton Knob is The Summit at Sutton Knob. At over 3,000 feet in elevation, the 12 home sites at The Summit at Sutton Knob offer outstanding long-range views in all directions. Long-range views of the expansive Pisgah National Forest […]
Streams & Ponds In the Land of Waterfalls, water is an abundant resource that courses down the mountainsides and creates stunning waterfalls, beautiful creeks and streams of cold, clear water that provide great habitat for native trout. Tucked away below the summit of Sutton Knob, visitors will experience a lush, beautiful hardwood forest where ferns, moss […]
Review the Master Plan for Sutton Knob and get a better idea of the layout of the unique areas found around the 94-acre development. As of summer 2015, all phases of the development have been completed with roads scheduled to be paved at a later date. For more information on touring Sutton Knob’s real […]
Stay & Play At Sutton Knob Our two and three bedroom cottage plans offer everything a guest could want in a mountain getaway with traditional, craftsman-style designs, timber-frame aesthetics, and long-range mountain views. Inside the cottages visitors will find all of the modern amenities they need, as well as incredible views of the vast Pisgah […]
Your Adventure Is Waiting At Sutton Knob At Sutton Knob, guests and property owners will find a series of gently meandering hiking trails that allow our guests to easily tour the property and experience the beauty of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Whether hiking from the rental cottages along Cedardale Road to the pavilion and community park […]
With over 400 miles of mountain biking trails, Pisgah National Forest is known as one of the absolute best mountain biking destinations in America. Add in the 100 miles of incredible trails of nearby DuPont State Forest and it's easy to see why everyone is talking about Brevard's mountain biking.
When it comes to outdoor recreation in the Brevard area, there are few things more enticing than going to explore one of the many beautiful waterfalls found in the region. In fact, I can’t think of anywhere where there are more amazing waterfalls in close proximity than in DuPont State Recreational Forest. The property that is now DuPont State Recreational Forest used to be the recreation area for the employees of the now-closed DuPont manufacturing plant. DuPont was once the largest employer in the County, and offered wonderful benefits to its employees, including the recreation area that is now DuPont State Recreational Forest. The benefits included stocked fishing waters, hunting, and camping at both wilderness sites and at the covered sheds that remain on the current forest property. After the manufacturing plant closed, this property was slated for development – before thankfully being acquired as public lands. Now, both tourists and locals flock to the abundant waterfalls of DuPont. One favorite excursion is the trifecta of Triple Falls, High Falls, and Hooker Falls – which can all be easily accessed in one outing on trails from the Hooker Falls parking lot. Starting out towards Triple Falls, it’s barely a mile before you’ll be graced with the views of the three tiered falls. Triple Falls has been the backdrop for scenes in The Hunger Games and the Last of the Mohicans. Continuing on along the old road bed/trail it’s about another 3/4 mile till you reach the bottom of the 150’ cascade of High Falls. Once you soak up a little spray, make the return trip – back the way you came. If you want to catch some rays, take a little dip in the river, or picnic on the rocks, then once you pass Triple Falls again and make it to the bottom of the hill, look for the trail that cuts back to the right following the river along the rocks. To access the third waterfall, head on back towards the parking lot, and when you cross the bridge that leads to the lot, take a left and wander the less than 1/2 mile to Hooker Falls. During the summer, this area is a hotspot for swimming, picnics, and fishing. While it’s a little further to make the trek into High Falls, both Triple Falls and Hooker Falls are very easily accessible, making them perfect for smaller kids, older adults, or those that aren’t as comfortable hiking. Other waterfalls within DuPont require a little more trail mileage, and accessed from different parking lots. Bridal Veil Falls is was another location used for filming The Hunger Games and Last of the Mohicans, and it has several different starting point options – from either the Fawn Lake or Buck Forest parking lots. Grassy Creek Falls also begins at the Buck Forest parking lot, and Wintergreen Falls starts from the Guion Farm parking area. Exploring the waterfalls of DuPont As with visiting any waterfalls, please remember to avoid climbing any of the falls, and to stay away from the tops of the falls – both for people and for dogs. The best views are always from the bottom of the waterfalls. For more information on DuPont State Recreational Forest, including maps and contact information, please visit http://ncforestservice.gov/contacts/dsf.htm. written by Allison Taylor of Skillful Solutions
Each spring around 17,000 trout are dropped into the 4,000 miles of North Carolina mountain trout streams. These western North Carolina streams and rivers have long been considered a haven for fly-fishermen looking to test their angling skills in a beautiful and oftentimes rugged environment. In Brevard and Transylvania County alone, fishermen can choose to fish the nearly 500 miles of creeks, streams and rivers that run through the steep mountains and rich forests. This rich diversity and bountiful water supply make the area one of the top destinations in the southeast for fly fishing. For local fishing guides like the ones we showcased in this Brevard fly fishing video who spend a great deal of their time guiding clients on the rivers, the diversity of the county’s waterways and the bountiful fish populations that thrive in the cool mountain water helps keep them and their clients satisfied day in and day out. For more information on the great folks who appeared in this video and to book them for a day on the water, check out www.davidsonflyfishing.com. About Fly Fishing on the Davidson River Landon Lipke, a California native who has been a guide at Davidson River Outfitters for five years, said one of his favorite rivers in the area is the Davidson. He said that the hatchery located near the headwaters of the river creates ideal conditions for trout. “The hatchery puts nutrients into the river that feeds the whole river,” he said. “In turn, it makes the river hold some big fish.” While most of the Davidson River is only a “stone’s throw” from the road, Lipke said for the most part it doesn’t feel that way. “You don’t really feel the road while you’re there,” he said. “It’s actually pretty serene.” Above the hatchery, the river narrows into a smaller stream that offers a true wilderness setting, he said. “You can get away from people and still catch bigger fish, unlike some of the other small streams in the area,” he said. Lipke said that the average size trout in the river is around 14 inches, but that’s not the only size fish to be caught there. “There are big fish pulled out of the Davidson all of the time that are bigger than 20 inches,” he said. “It’s just all about catching them at the right time.” Lipke said that what makes the river such a fun place to fish is the variety. Lipke said that in order to be successful, anglers would need to work to figure out what the fish are feeding on at each spot. “There are so many different types of water,” he said. “From pocket water to big slicks to big plunge pools that your fishing is not just one style of fishing. It’s a nice mixture of everything.” Lipke said that he thinks spring fishing makes for some of the most exciting fly-fishing of the year. “Fish are usually coming out of their winter mode so they are a little more aggressive,” he said. “They begin to eat because they are trying to gain up some strength, and the bug life this time of year is also more prolific.” Lipke said that while the spring hatches are fairly hit or miss, when they happen it makes for a great day of fishing. Lipke said that it takes anglers utilizing trial and error to determine what the fish are feeding on. When an angler finds something the fish is hungry for, it makes for a fun afternoon, he said. “They kind of start to get crazy,” he said of the fish during a spring hatch. “They key on that bug and it makes the fishing just a little bit easier because they start to go after those bugs that begin popping up.” Around 14 miles of the river, from its headwaters to Avery Creek, are managed under catch-and-release, fly-fishing only regulations. The lower mile is hatchery supported.
When it comes to mountain biking, there are few places that can really compare to Brevard. Located just minutes from Pisgah National Forest’s 400-plus-miles of trails and DuPont State Forest’s 100 miles of trails, it’s easy to see why Brevard has received near-constant attention and accolades in recent years for its mountain biking. Whether Brevard Mountain Biking has received praise from Bike Magazine as the site of their annual bike review, from Singletrack.com as one of the United States’ top 10 best mountain biking locations or just post-ride revelry from the thousands of mountain bikers who visit the area each year, it’s clear the word is out that Brevard mountain biking is hard to beat. In this video shot by Land of Sky Media it’s easy to why the area has received such great praise in recent years as they take an inside look at what made the area such a mecca for mountain biking by talking to the locals who ride the trails day in and day out.
With over 250 waterfalls in Transylvania County, nature lovers have a lot of great outdoor adventure options to explore when visiting the Brevard, North Carolina area. Check out our guide to some of our favorite waterfalls of Transylvania County. NORTH CAROLINA WATERFALLS GUIDE The mountains of North Carolina are blessed with an abundance of water and, in turn, a high concentration of beautiful waterfalls. With around 500 North Carolina waterfalls spread through the region, those in search of a tumbling cascade should certainly have no trouble finding one. But to make it easier for you to find what we consider some of the best of the best when it comes to North Carolina Waterfalls, we’ve compiled our list of the top cascades to visit in western North Carolina. waterfalls WATERFALLS OF TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY COURTHOUSE FALLS The 60-foot-tall Courthouse Falls has been drawing crowds deep into the Pisgah National Forest for years. The waterfall is part of Courthouse Creek, which flows through the Pisgah National Forest near the Devil’s Courthouse, which was long considered a sacred area of the Cherokee Indians who inhabited the region for centuries. The tall, slender waterfall pours through a narrow chute into a natural amphitheater of bedrock that makes for a nice swimming area during the warmer months of the year. The falls are accessible by hiking a short trail that is moderate difficult. But getting to the trailhead is the real challenge. To reach the falls, either go down NC Highway 215 for 6.5 miles south from the Blue Ridge Parkway and turn left onto Forest Road 140 (Courthouse Creek Road). Go 3 miles down the road and park on the right just after crossing the bridge over Courthouse Creek. Follow the marked trail for .36 miles to the falls, which will be on the left. HOOKER FALLS Hooker Falls is located in DuPont State Recreational Forest near Brevard, North Carolina At 15 feet tall, Hooker Falls isn’t one of the tallest of the many North Carolina waterfalls, but it is one of the most popular and highly-visited falls in the entire state. Hooker Falls has been known for years to local residents and was named for Edmund Hooker, who operated a mill below the falls in the late 1800s. At the time, it was named Mill Shoals Falls. In recent years, visitors have flocked to the falls during summer months to swim in Cascade Lake at the base of the falls. While jumping from the falls is illegal, occasionally daring visitors can be seen leaping from the center of the waterfall into a small, deep pool below. The waterfall also gained notoriety for its role in a scene in the movie Last of the Mohicans when the characters run the waterfall in canoes. As a kayaking destination, the waterfall is the final drop in a series of steep waterfalls and slides along the Little River renown as a top whitewater paddling river when water levels rise following heavy rains. Visitors may park at the Hooker Falls parking area, and then hike the short Hooker Falls Trail for roughly 1/4 mile. There are two views of the falls, the first overlooking the falls from above, and a second view from across the plunge pool that lets you view the entire falls. DuPont State Forest may also allow access to the falls to handicapped persons. Contact the DuPont State Forest for more information. SLIDING ROCK One of western North Carolina’s most popular attractions is the 60-foot-long Sliding Rock in Pisgah National Forest. Thousands of visitors each week take a trip down the smooth rock slide on Looking Glass Creek before they take the final plunge into a large, deep pool at the bottom. For years, visitors to Brevard and Pisgah National Forest have cooled off by taking a dip in the cool water of the natural rock water slide. In recent years, the area was developed by the US Forest Service into a popular recreation area. Parking is available in a large lot above the rock and beside U.S. Highway 276. There are two viewing platforms, steps down to the pool and railings to help climb the rocks on the left side before sliding down. A restroom and changing room is provided and a lifeguard is periodically on duty especially during summer weekends. At other times, sliding down the waterfall is done at a visitor’s own risk. Children must be of a certain size to slide alone, otherwise, they may slide in the lap of an adult. A $1.00 per person fee is charged by the Forest Service to use the area between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, when lifeguards and rangers are on duty. The rock is closed to sliders during times of high water or when lightning is detected in the area. To get to the recreation area and the falls, travel north from the intersection of U.S. Highway 276, approximately 7.7 miles north of the intersection of 276, U.S. Highway 64, and NC Highway 280 in Brevard, North Carolina. En route, you will pass Looking Glass Falls and the parking area for Moore Cove Falls. LOOKING GLASS FALLS One of the most popular and highly visited waterfalls in North Carolina, Looking Glass Falls, which takes its name from nearby Looking Glass Rock, is an 80 foot tall cascade located only a few hundred feet from U.S. 276. Looking Glass Falls are open year round, free of charge, just minutes from Brevard, North Carolina. With its ease of access thanks to the roadside location, the waterfall is very popular and often draws large crowds during summer months. As a result, there are frequently injuries and even deaths at the 80-foot-tall waterfall. As with any waterfall, visitors should use the utmost caution when approaching the river due to slick, moss-covered rocks. The waterfall has been successfully kayaked on several occasions. GRAVEYARD FIELDS Graveyard Fields is home to three beautiful cascades located in one of the most scenic sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The high elevation balds of Shining Rock Wilderness area make for unique vistas unlike anything else in the Southern Highlands region. The 60-foot-tall Second Falls can be seen from the Blue Ridge Parkway near the Graveyard Fields Overlook, but visitors should opt to take a closer look by taking the short hike from the Graveyard Fields parking area down to the overlook. Along the way, hikers will cross Yellowstone Prong before ambling down a set of stairs to the viewing area. Upstream of Second Falls is First Falls, which can be accessed by a roughly 7-mile-long round trip hike. The access area for both waterfalls is located between Mileposts 418 and 419 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. RAINBOW FALLS Rainbow Falls is a waterfall in Western North Carolina, located near Brevard. The falls is located on the Horsepasture River. It is on Pisgah National Forest land just outside Gorges State Park. According to wikipedia.com, a proposal to route the flow of the river around the falls in the mid 1980′s for a hydroelectric power plant was thwarted by public opposition. On October 27, 1986, the Horsepasture River was designated a national Wild and Scenic River, protecting the falls from future development. The rock face over which the river flows is not vertical, but the large volume of water during normal river flows cause it to leap many feet out from the rock and a deep plunge pool lies at the bottom of the falls. It creates large amounts of wind and mist that race up the hillside opposite the falls. If the sun is in the right position, a rainbow is easily observed here, giving the falls its name. As of 2011, there is a new 3.0 mile round trip trail to Rainbow Falls through Gorges State Park. From the parking lot, follow the trail for 5 minutes, bearing right at the intersection. 20 minutes further, the trail enters the Nantahala National Forest, with a side trail to the left that heads to Stairway Falls. Bearing right takes you to Rainbow Falls in about 20 more minutes. Hikers can then go further up the trail to Turtleback Falls. Prior to the opening of the park, the only path to the falls was through an unofficial trail on National Forest property. TURTLE BACK FALLS Turtleback Falls, also called Umbrella Falls, is a waterfall in Western North Carolina, located near Brevard. The falls is located on the Horsepasture River in the Nantahala National Forest land just outside Gorges State Park. The falls has a large, deep pool at the bottom commonly known as the “Chug Hole”. The river flows over a large, sloping slab of rock before curving steeper and finally dropping into the pool. The appearance of the rock, similar to a turtle’s shell, gives the falls its name. To access the falls, take a short hike starting in Gorges State Park before passing through Pisgah National Forest property into the Nantahala National Forest. The 20-minute-long hike takes visitors to Rainbow Falls before heading further upstream to reach Turtle Back Falls. The area is a popular place for swimming and people frequently slide over the falls into the Chug Hole during low water; however, the currents can be dangerous in higher flows and people have drowned at Turtleback, or have been swept downriver and over 125′ Rainbow Falls. HIGH FALLS OF DUPONT High Falls is located in Transylvania County on the Little River through the DuPont State Forest. It is one of four major waterfalls on the Little River in this area, the others being Triple Falls, Hooker Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls. Above the falls itself, the river is level and calm. The falls consists of a wide, ever-steepening slide over granite, and the water generally stays on the rock the whole way down. In some places, the water free-falls for a few feet or jumps off the rock face, but it is not possible to get behind the falls anywhere. High Falls has been known for years to local residents. In the 1990s, DuPont Forest was sold to the State of North Carolina, and as DuPont has completed cleanup of various areas, those areas have been made open to the public as a part of the 10,000+ acre DuPont State Forest. Visitors may park at the Hooker Falls parking area, and then hike the Triple Falls / High Falls Trail for roughly 1 mile (past the view for Triple Falls). Alternately, the High Falls Parking Area offers visitors a chance to access the falls through a scenic trail near the Visitors Center. The High Falls Trail takes visitors to a pavilion with a view of the falls from above, before hikers can head down the stairs to the base of the falls for a closer look.
Climbing Looking Glass Rock Nestled in the heart of the vast Pisgah National Forest in the southern Appalachian mountains is Looking Glass Rock, a climbing destination renown for being one of the best in the Eastern U.S. thanks to the variety of features found on the 500-foot-tall granite dome. Hidden below Looking Glass Rock are countless boulders with some great climbing that have provided a challenge for the strongest climbers in the country. To get a better idea of what the climbing at Looking Glass Rock in Transylvania County is all about, check out this video shot by Land of Sky Media that is one of several videos produced by Native Eyewear about Brevard for their Locals Only Project. The video really does a great job of showcasing what makes the climbing in Brevard and Transylvania County so special with interviews discussing the great climbing in Brevard with Phil Hoffmann, vice president of the Carolina Climbers Coalition, and Ron Funderburke, senior guide at Fox Mountain Guides in Pisgah Forest. The combination of their interviews, along with the unique perspectives that Land of Sky Media’s aerial video footage provided, makes this an action-packed climbing video that does a great job of telling the story of climbing in Brevard and Transylvania County. If you’re interested in taking a trip up Looking Glass Rock, we recommend getting in touch with the folks over at Fox Mountain Guides, a local rock climbing guide service that offers guided trips, instruction and climbing gear in Brevard, North Carolina. Visit their website at www.foxmountainguides.com.
The French Broad River, believed to be the third-oldest river in the world by most geologists, flows 39 miles through the scenic river valley of Transylvania County. At its headwaters, the North Fork of the French Broad River is a steep and rapid-filled river known for its difficult whitewater, but once the river reaches the small town of Rosman it begins to mellow into a nice and fun float suitable for paddlers of all ages. Popular trips include starting at Rosman’s Champion Park and paddling around five miles through the area’s scenic farmland and hardwood forests before taking out at Hannah Ford Road. Alternate take out options include Island Ford Road and Hap Simpson Park in Brevard. We recommend hooking up with local paddling guide service and gear shop Headwaters Outfitters for boat rentals and shuttles along the river. The Mountain Lily steamboat was constructed in 1881 to carry passengers and freight between the junction of the Oklawaha River and the French Broad River, to just east of Brevard, NC, a distance of some seventeen miles. The vessel was the central capital of the French Broad Steamboat Company, owned by Col. S. V. Pickens of Hendersonville. The steamboat was designed to link Brevard, Hendersonville and Asheville. The Mountain Lily was 90 feet long with two decks and staterooms to accommodate 100 passengers. On the maiden voyage it held some 100 people, friends of Pickens, but was never successful in showing a profit. The Company tried several other ventures with the steamboat, but all were unsuccessful. A flash flood in 1885 pulled the boat from the mooring at Banner Farm Road and it became mired in a sand bar near King’s Bridge near the current Haywood Road in the 1880’s. The boat was sold for salvage and her wood was used to build the Horseshoe Baptist Church. and her bell was hung in the church belfry. Rich History According to Riverlink.org, a nonprofit group that advocates for the French Broad River, the French Broad River wasnamed it Agiqua (“Long Man”) by the Cherokee Indians and its tributaries were his “chattering children.” For thousands of years, these first inhabitants hunted the forested slopes of the French Broad River gorge, fished the river’s rushing waters, and farmed and built villages amid the rich bottom land. The Swannanoa, a major tributary, was also heavily settled. Today, the remains of more than 20 archaeological sites stand mute along the riverbanks, awaiting exploration. Hernando De Soto’s expedition passed through the area in 1540, in search of gleaming gold. They never found it, and soon headed west. But in their wake came first a trickle and then a flood of other visitors. Early European settlers dubbed the river the French Broad, because its wide waters flowed into what was then French territory to the west. In the 1780s, the first white settlers crossed the Blue Ridge: William Moore made a homestead on Hominy Creek, and Samuel Davidson farmed the rich land along the Swannanoa. More settlers followed, drawn by the river’s song. In the 1820s, the Buncombe Turnpike was built, and farmers in Kentucky and Tennessee began driving livestock through the mountains, following the river’s course en route to the great ports of Charleston and Savannah, farther south. Drovers herded upward of 100,000 hogs a year along the busy road, traveling between “stands” that later grew into towns, and stagecoaches carried passengers and mail. In the 1880s, the railroad arrived, opening the door to hordes of wealthy visitors who traveled the river corridor. One of them, George Vanderbilt, created the nation’s largest private residence and first school of forestry here. Other visionaries soon followed. By the turn of the century, Asheville’s Riverside Park had become the favored haunt of fashionable ladies and elegant gents. But a fire in 1915 badly damaged the park, and after the Great Flood of 1916, a battered city turned its back on the riverfront. For more information on the French Broad River Paddle Trail, visit Riverlink’s website and check out their interactive map to the French Broad River Paddle Trail, as well as the printable PDF map that can be accessed here.
One of the best vantage points of the vast Pisgah National Forest is from the top of Looking Glass Rock, a massive granite pluton located in the heart of Pisgah. Looking Glass Rock is renowned for its world-class rock climbing and offers fantastic climbing on the 500-foot-tall rock faces that feature unique “eyebrow” holds that are scattered across the otherwise mostly blank granite rock face. For hikers, Looking Glass Rock offers a great opportunity to see some of the area’s beautiful hardwood forests as they make their way up the 3.2-mile-long trail to the summit where the exposed granite offers great views of nearby John’s Rock and Cedar Rock, as well as the Davidson River Valley. The hike is moderate and features a number of switchbacks as the trail climbs toward the summit. The 6.4 mile round trip can be completed nearly year round, although extreme caution should be used near the summit as there are no guard rails separating the summit from the 500-foot cliff below.
One of the most popular and highly visited waterfalls in North Carolina, Looking Glass Falls, which takes its name from nearby Looking Glass Rock, is an 80 foot tall cascade located only a few hundred feet from U.S. 276. Visiting the Falls Looking Glass Falls are open year round, free of charge, just minutes from Brevard, North Carolina. With its ease of access thanks to the roadside location, the waterfall is very popular and often draws large crowds during summer months. As a result, there are frequently injuries and even deaths at the 80-foot-tall waterfall. As with any waterfall, visitors should use the utmost caution when approaching the river due to slick, moss-covered rocks. The waterfall has been successfully kayaked on several occasions.
When it comes to flatwater paddling in Transylvania County, nothing compares to the scenic beauty of Cascade Lake, which affords paddlers an opportunity to paddle along the forested shores of the lake to nearby Hooker Falls, one of several waterfalls in DuPont State Forest. The best way to access Cascade Lake is through the Cascade Lake Recreation Area, a campground and boat access area that offers a swimming beach and other amenities to visitors. From the boat launch, Hooker Falls is just a short paddle away and provides a great place to enjoy a picnic while taking in the view of the waterfall. For more information, visit the Cascade Lake Recreation Area website.
Named one of USA Today’s Top Ten Swimming Holes in 2013, Sliding Rock, a natural rock slide in Pisgah National Forest, draws huge crowds during the summer months. One visit and it’s easy to see why. The 60-foot-long natural water slide has a gentle slope and ends in a large, deep pool at the bottom, making a ride from the top a fun adventure that isn’t to be missed during a summer visit to the area. Sliding Rock—Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina: It’s not very often that the natural world and human interests conspire so perfectly, but this rock formation appears to have been created expressly for the purpose of recreation. Located in the Pisgah National Forest about 40 miles southwest of Asheville, this is one of the few swimming holes to come with a built-in delivery device: a 60-foot-long sloping boulder that carries swimmers down into a seven-foot-deep plunge pool with refreshingly chilly 50- to 60-degree mountain waters. — USA Today In recent years the area has been developed by the US Forest Service into an official recreation area. Access to the area is through a newly constructed parking area with a $1 per person admission fee. There are two viewing platforms, steps down to the pool and railings to help climb the rocks on the left side before sliding down. Sliding down is required in a sitting position only. A restroom and changing room is provided and a lifeguard is periodically on duty especially during summer weekends. At other times, sliding down the waterfall is done at a visitor’s own risk. Children must be of a certain size to slide alone, otherwise, they may slide in the lap of an adult. To get to the recreation area and the falls, travel north from the intersection of U.S. Highway 276, approximately 7.7 miles north of the intersection of 276, U.S. Highway 64, and NC Highway 280 in Brevard, North Carolina. En route, you will pass Looking Glass Falls and the parking area for Moore Cove Falls.
While mountain bikers across the southeast have known for years that Pisgah National Forest offered some of the best mountain biking in the U.S., the word is quickly getting out to the rest of the world. In a recent writeup on Singletracks.com, Brevard was named one of the Top 10 mountain biking destinations in the U.S. “The only destination on this list that isn’t located west of the Mississippi River, I believe that Brevard, North Carolina is truly worthy of being included on the short list of the top 10 destinations MTB in North America. The Brevard area is best known for the daunting network of hundreds of miles of challenging trails in nearby Pisgah National Forest, including such popular rides as Black Mountainand Laurel Mountain. However, don’t discount the other nearby trail systems, either: Bent Creek is a great IMBA-style suburban trail system. Dupont State Forest, located on the opposite side of Brevard from Pisgah, offers up easier singletrack on average than Pisgah, while also boasting some of the best exposed granite riding on the East Coast.” When asked about Brevard’s most recent accolades in the cycling world, Sycamore Cycles‘ owner Wes Dickson said it’s one of those things that most people in Transylvania County and western North Carolina have known for years. But getting national recognition is always an added bonus. “I think people are finally figuring it out,” he said “The East Coast has pretty good riding up and down it, but we’re pretty blessed that we have so much in one spot. The community has really taken it on and embraced it. The efforts of the Tourism Development Authority and other organizations have really moved the mountain biking in our area to top-of-mind for a lot of people. When you come to town now people recognize it. They want a community that knows they are one of the best. “I’ve been to good riding locations across the country, but a lot of times it’s a little more down-played,” he said. “Here, the community recognizes that it’s one of our greatest assets and one of our strongest identities.” Sam Salman, owner of The Hub and Backcountry Outdoors, a Brevard-based bike retailer and outdoor shop, agreed that the recognition is well-deserved. “I grew up on the East Coast and have ridden just about everywhere there is to ride around here,” he said. “There are definitely some trail systems that have amazing trails, but I think Brevard has probably the greatest diversity of trails in the whole U.S. “We have DuPont and Bent Creek that have purpose-built, flowy, amazing single-track and doubletrack and we have Pisgah, which was never meant to be ridden on by bikes,” he said. “But we’ve been graciously allowed to ride on these 100-year-old logging and hiking trails that tend to satisfy anyone’s desire for super-gnarly riding. There are incredible, long burly climbs, beautiful ridge lines and pretty amazing technical trails.” Salman said the test in the future is going to be maintaing the trails — as well as good relations with the U.S. Forest Service — in order to continue to keep up the trails people have come to love. “We just have to continue to promote and maintain these trails so they don’t fall apart on us,” he said. Dickson agreed. “Making sure we are good stewards of our resources is really important,” Dickson said. “But right now we’ve got a lot of great people on the ground working on the trails on a regular basis, so we’re on the right track with that.” In the future, Dickson said he believes mountain biking in Transylvania County and WNC continue to gain in popularity. “We just have to keep working to keep it going,” he said. “Mountain biking is not going anywhere anytime soon, that’s for sure. But with how close we are to a lot of major metropolitan areas, mixed with our year-round riding season, I believe more and more people will keep coming to area. I think we’re definitely on the right track.” Salman said the diversity of Transylvania County’s terrain makes it certain to be a top destination for years to come, especially as the word spreads about how many miles of trails there are in the area. “It’s not just one or two trails,” he said. “We have hundreds and hundreds of miles of great trails and you can ride a great variety all in the same day. It’s a unique spot.” For more on Singletracks’ writeup, and to check out nine more great mountain biking destinations, visit: http://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-trails/the-top-10-mountain-bike-destinations-in-north-america/
Take a look at what makes a great waterfall in this unique video produced for the Transylvania County Tourism Development Authority. For more information on a lot of great things to do in the area, visit www.visitwaterfalls.com.
The fish in Brevard will make you work hard for their bite, but fly fishing here is a true escape. Watch how fly fishing in the “Land of Waterfalls” makes everything slow down a bit (in a good way). Anglers from all across the country flock to the nearby Davidson River each summer because the clean, cool waters offer a perfect habitat for the abundant trout that thrive within the Pisgah National Forest’s most well-known fishing river.