Transylvania County

Transylvania County is home to 33,000 people. It is known as the Land of Waterfalls due to the 250 waterfalls that inhabit the area. It is also known as the wettest county in the state, receiving over 90 inches of rain each year. Transylvania County provides a spectacular backdrop of the Appalachian Mountains. Chestnut Knob is the highest point at 6,025 feet and is located northwest of Brevard, the county seat. The county also provides many adventures for outdoor enthusiasts. The French Broad River is the 3rd oldest river in the world. Kayaking, canoeing, or tubing is available to enjoy on this river. Pisgah Forest and DuPont Forest’s mountain bike trails have been deemed “America’s best kept secret,” by Bike Magazine.

Many people travel to Transylvania County not only for outdoor adventures, but for the charm of its towns too. Brevard is a family-oriented, small town nestled in a valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Visitors from all over come to enjoy the shops, festivals, and local charm. Each year, Brevard hosts the White Squirrel Festival, which is named after the rare white squirrel that inhabits this part of North Carolina. The 2 day festival features costume contests, art and crafts, food, and some of the best local and regional bands around.

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Transylvania Active Living

Natural Amenities

cradle-of-forestry-300x225Cradle of Forestry

With over 100 years in forest conservation history, the Cradle of Forestry offers education and outdoor events, classes and programs, fishing, biking, hiking, horseback-riding, camping and running.

11250 Pisgah Hwy
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768

gorgesGorges State Park

The only state park west of Asheville, the 7,500 acres offers camping, fishing, boating and trails.

976 Grassy Ridge Road,
Sapphire, NC 28774

dupontDupont State Forest

The 10,400 acre forest features five lakes, waterfalls and over 80 miles of roads and trails for running, biking and horseback riding.


track-trailPisgah National Forest’s Andy Cove Track Trail

The trail is located at the Visitor Center, complete with a canopy boardwalk, swinging bridge, stream with several bridged crossings and four different self-guided adventures, this 0.75 mile loop trail is perfect for kids.



fishhatcheryPisgah Forest Fish Hatchery

The wildlife center provides hiking, fishing and camping.

1401 Fish Hatchery Road
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768


Park & Recreational Facilities

bracken-300x225Bracken Mountain Recreation Area

The area boasts 7.1 miles of mountain biking and hiking trails.

For more information contact the City of Brevard at 828.885.5630


bikepath-300x200Brevard Bike Path

The 5 mile trail follows the old Carr Lumber Company railway corridor and extends into the Pisgah National Forest up to the Davidson River Campground.

parksandrec-300x225Transylvania County Parks & Recreation

1078 Ecusta Road
Brevard, NC 28712

tcschools-300x130Transylvania County Public Schools

All school facilities are open to the public.

SilvermontSilvermont Park

Silvermont Park is located in beautiful downtown Brevard. It includes rich culture and history of Transylvania County. The park includes a 3/4mile walking trail through a Woodland Garden with native plants, and a learning garden with seasonal vegetables growing by the Master Gardeners. The Park also includes basketball and tennis courts as well as a History Walk.

364 E. Main St,
Brevard, NC 28712

Rosenwald Memorial Peace Park

Rosenwald Memorial Peace Park, also known as the Silverstein Playground, is located and owned by Bethel A Baptist Church in the Rosenwald neighborhood. The park is open to the community and is undergoing great expansions brought about by community members. The hopes for the final phases of the park development is to promote community gatherings, learning, growing, fellowship, and peace.


Private Facilities

brevard_health_and_racquet_club_entrance-300x192Brevard Health and Racquet Club

The club features indoor and outdoor tennis courts, equipment rooms, yoga and pilates studio, walking trail, fitness classes and indoor and outdoor pool.

1325 Country Club Road
Brevard, NC 28712

brgkidsBrevard Rock Gym

Brevard Rock Gym offers and indoor and outdoor rock climbing facility, as well as camps and classes.


240 B South Broad St.
Brevard, NC 28712

crossfit-300x108Crossfit Brevard

Crossfit offers a fitness gym, group classes and yoga.


234 South Broad St, Unit A
Brevard, NC 28712


Curves provides a program of strength training, cardio, and stretching.

259 N. Broad St. Suite 12
Brevard, NC 28712

The Fitness Factory

A fully equipped gym with cardio and strength training equipment and personal trainers.

338 South Broad St.
Brevard, NC 28712


Whats to Come for Transylvania County

Imagine Brevard

Imagine Brevard, a community listening initiative of Heart of Brevard, announced seven key issue topics to open up for further citizen input. Parks and Pathways was created by this group and several of these key issues are being seen in the current drafts of the comprehensive plan.

Transylvania Healthy Eating

Farmers Markets

tcfmTransylvania Farmers Market

We are a group of local farmers, producers and artists that come together every Wednesday & Saturday morning from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (April 19, 2014 thru December 20, 2014) to provide area residents and visitors with vegetables, fruit, meat, poultry, honey, eggs, cheese, mushrooms, herbs, flowers, plants, jams, jellies, pickles, olive oil, baked goods, breakfast foods, coffee, and arts & crafts.

Corner of Johnson & Jordan Street
Brevard, NC 28712


Healthy Corner Stores

Jarrett's Website PicJarrett Brothers Inc

Jarrett Brothers Inc has partnered with MountainWise to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables and healthy snacks in the Rosman community. Stop in Jarrett Brothers to see how they are enhancing community health and offering snacks that are good for you and your body!

191 Main St
Rosman, NC 28772


Community Supported Agriculture

listingMorningside Farms

Morningside Farms is located in Brevard, NC within minutes of downtown. All produce is grown organically and the season runs from May until October. CSA’s or ‘veggie boxes’ can be picked up at the Farmers Market on Saturdays. The CSA’s contain ripe and ready vegetables that are in season. These can be a fun way to try new foods and eat the most fresh, seasonal produce.

The CSA Manager is Jon Strom and can be contacted at


Local Food Providers

foodmatters-300x121Food Matters Market

The Market features healthy, made-to-order deli items and fresh, organic produce.

1 Market Street,
Brevard, NC 28712

summerstore_g0c9Healthy Harvest Natural Foods

Healthy Harvest is located in Brevard, NC and provides local, organic produce as well as high quality supplements and body care.

29 West French Broad St Suite 105
Brevard, NC 28712

Whistlestop Market

Whistlestop specializes in local produce, meats, eggs, seafood, cheeses, baked goods, canned goods, honey, and more.

7825 Greenville Hwy
Cedar Mountain, North Carolina 28712

photooutsidehobnobrestaurantHobnob Restaurant

Hobnob is located on Main St. in Downtown Brevard. Hobnob features local, organic foods and produces many of it’s own organic produce from it’s community garden. Hobnob serves local beef, chicken, pork and trout.

192 West Main St.
Brevard, NC 28712


Produce Stands

210 Produce

470 Asheville Highway
Brevard, NC

Chick Martin

163 Country Club Rd.,
Brevard, NC
828-884-4204 U-Pick Blueberries

Edmundson Produce

95 Pisgah Highway,Brevard, NC, 28712

Hendersons Greenhouse

1911 Old Rosman Highway,
Brevard, NC

McCall’s Produce Stand

2400 Crab Creek Rd.,
Penrose, NC 28766

Queens Farm Produce Stand

858 Davidson River Road
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768

Transylvania Tobacco-Free Living

Success Stories

Kick Butts Day

In March of 2013, the Transylvania County Boys and Girls club joined thousands of youth in every state and around the world for an international “Kick Butts Day” to discourage their peers and others from tobacco use. Through various activities at the club and in the community, they spread the word that tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death and disease in the United States.

Multi-Unit Housing

MountainWise has assisted two multi-unit housing properties in Transylvania County, Mountain Glenn and Laurel Village, with their implementation of a smoke-free policy. This policy went into effect on January 1st, 2014. MountainWise provided the property managers with assistance and resources for this policy change and is looking forward to working with these properties throughout the implementation of this new policy. The Property Managers are pleased to be a part of improving the health and safety of their residents and were very excited to educate and inform their residents about the benefits of this policy change for their community. No-Smoking signage was purchased by the CTG state staff for use at these properties.

Electronic Cigarettes

Transylvania County Board of Commissioners passed a policy in December, 2013 that banned E-Cigarettes in all county buildings and public places deemed by the county.The smoking ordinance for Transylvania County can be found here. E-Cigarettes do not contain tobacco, but instead liquid nicotine that smokers inhale and exhale. Public health agencies are reporting possible side effects of inhaling this nicotine vapor, and health risks for E-cigarettes pose to the public.