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Best things to do in Transylvania County

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Park
“DuPont State Recreational Forest is an outdoors-lover's dream with many waterfalls and 86 miles of trails on protected 10,000 acres. Located between Brevard and Hendersonville, it's an easy 40-mile drive from Asheville. Most visitors flock to the three-mile roundtrip hike to three waterfalls (Hooker, Triple and High Falls), but there's so much more to explore! Take a variety of waterfall and lake hikes, or trek to the top of Cedar Rock or Stone Mountain for mountain views. It's also one of North Carolina's best mountain biking and horseback riding areas”
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Intersection
“Access the parkway from many different entry points. There are hiking trails off the road and many scenic overlooks.”
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Bar
“Great beer and fun atmosphere! Tons of hangout space and a delicious food truck. ”
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Natural Feature
“A fun way to enjoy the outdoors, join in the fun while sliding down a natural slick rock into a refreshing pool of river water.”
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Natural Feature
“Water Fall just off the road, Highway 276 (Old Wagon Gap Road). This section of HWY 276 has a lot to offer, so a great day trip from Asheville, just outside the little town of Brevard, NC. Visit the Fish Hatchery and Education Center, Sliding Rock, Pink Beds, Cradle of Forestry and access the Blue Ridge Parkway around Mile Marker 300, near Pisgah Inn (have lunch at Pisgah Inn or in the town of Brevard).”
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American Restaurant
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“Popular with locals and has good food with a nice patio. Sit at the bar at happy hour and some local is sure to make conversation. ”
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Travel Agency
“CAESARS HEAD STATE PARK MOUNTAINS Not to be missed: Sunrise (or sunset) at Caesars Mountain State Park! A granitic gneiss outcropping atop the dramatic Blue Ridge Escarpment gives Caesars Head State Park its name. Every fall, from the easily-accessible overlook atop the rocky peak of the Blue Ridge Escarpment, sight-seers are treated to the Hawk Watch program and a spectacular view that extends into North Carolina and Georgia. Caesars Head connects to Jones Gap State Park in what is known as the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area, an 13,000-acre area of pristine southern mountain forest. Hikers can take a number of loop and traverse hiking trails that connect the parks, and trailside camping is available for those who choose the longer routes. One of the most popular trails at Caesars Head is the four-mile, round trip Raven Cliff Falls trail. This hiking trail leads to the scenic overlook, where you can view the 420-foot Raven Cliff Falls. There is also a 6.6 mile round trip hike to a suspension bridge that crosses the creek above Raven Cliff Falls. The bridge offers a unique view of the falls as they plunge deep into the mountain cove below. Check out other South Carolina State Parks! Explore another mountainous area at Paris Mountain State Park or observe nature at a blistering pace on South Carolina mountain bike trails. BY THE NUMBERS 60+ miles of challenging hiking trails 420 cascading waterfall - Raven Cliff Falls 5 other waterfalls accessible through the park 3208 feet above sea level 3 months a year thousands of hawks migrate right through the park! Sept. 1- Nov. 30 13K magnificent acres preserved and protected for you ”
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Natural Feature
“A true mountain experience! Sliding down this cool mountain stream will certainly take away those summer sweats! ”
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Waterfall
“Looking Glass waterfall is a beautiful sight and has a great swimming hole to enjoy during hot weather.”
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Music Venue
“Many people visit this area during the season to come to the Brevard Music Festival. If you enjoy live theater, this is a must. Please go on their website for schedule.”
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Rock Club
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“More of a local's place with a variety of wraps, burgers and entrees. The trout is great and the desserts are all homemade. In nicer weather the patio out back is our favorite spot to eat. ”
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Park
“Although it's a little farther away (about 35 minutes), this park is one of our favorites. Just take 64 west and stay on it (that'll require a left turn at the first traffic light, and a second left once you're in Brevard, just follow the signs for 64 west) a little over 20 miles. Once you get to the Lake Toxaway/Sapphire area, turn left onto NC 281. Go about a mile and turn left onto Grassy Ridge Rd. The park has an awesome visitor center, and just one trail - about 3 miles round trip to Rainbow Falls, and another 1/2 mile each way to Turtleback Falls. The hike is moderate, enjoyable and with a nice swimming hole at the top, with the option to slide down Turtleback Falls (a 20-foot drop) for the daring. It's a hike our whole family enjoys, especially in the summer when there's often a gelato stand in the trailhead parking lot (useful for bribing children to finish the hike). ”
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Point of Interest
“Short hike up a paved path (1/2 mile round trip) to a 400 ft beautiful waterfall. Take the wooden steps down for a closer look.”
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Restaurant
“One of the best BBQ and Craft Beer restaurants in town. Very casual, kids welcome.”
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Trail
“Get above the tree line and see for miles. About a 45 minute beautiful drive south on the parkway, worth it.”
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Point of Interest
“A personal favorite, an easy walk and access to water. The trails are clearly marked and beautiful year round. Peak leaf season is breathtaking here. ”
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