"Land of Waterfalls"
on US Highway 64 & 276 at the entrance to Pisgah National Forest, with
an elevation of 2230 feet, Transylvania County will spellbind your with
her natural beauty. With an average high temperature of 69.8c and average
low of 42.9, combined with
normally 208 clear days per year, many believe they have reached paradise.
Brevard is a major cultural center of Western North Carolina. Since 1946 the Brevard Music Center has attracted nationally renowned performing artists during its annual 6
week music festival. Hundreds of promising young musicians have improved their talents through instruction offered by the center's summer music camp. The "hills are alive with music" during this delightful time.
Brevard College is a fully accredited two year institution which hosts a number of annual education and cultural events for the community, including the Brevard Little Theater and the Annual Festival of the Arts. The Council nutures the cultural atmosphere by
sponsoring many exciting events throughout the year. The attractiveness of Brevard and Transylvania County has been confirmed by many publications as an ideal place to visit or live. The county is aptly called the "Land of Waterfalls". Over 1509 waterfalls cascade
over the countryside. A map locating more than 30 accessible falls is available for a nominal cost at the Chamber of Commerce. The Blue Ridge Parkway follows the natural northern boundary of the county, and the visitor is presented with scenic vistas at each
turn of this famous roadway. During the winter, when portions of the Parkway are closed to motorists, cross-country skiers enjoy the stillness and beauty of the snow covered mountains.
Exiting from the Parkway into Transylvania County, the visitor will be introduced to the joy of available outdoor activity offered in the Pisgah National Forest. The natural paradise that covers 33% of the county, offers miles of hiking, backpacking, into the
wilderness area, camping and picnic sites, creeks and rivers for swimming and tubing. Over 200 miles of clear mountain streams, throughout the county, provide a fishing paradise for the angler seeking Brook, Rainbow, or Brown trout, while area lakes yield
fine catches of Bass, Bream and Crappie.
Other attractions in the Pisgah National Forest along US 276, are Sliding Rock, the Pink Beds and the Cradle of Forestry Interpretive Center. This is the site where the Science of
Forestry was first practiced and taught around the turn of the century. In 1889 George Vanderbilt began purchasing land on which to create a country estate to be known as "Biltmore House" and to make provisions for a large game preserve, Gifford Pinchot, a
European trained forester, was hired to manage these forest lands. The economic success of Pinchot's efforts persuaded Vanderbilt to purchase an additional 100,000 acres called Pisgah Forest, which became the first large tract of managed woodland in
the country. Pinchot was succeeded by Dr. Carl Shenck, who in 1898 founded America's first school of forestry on this site, using abandoned farm houses as the campus. A one mile trail now leads the visitors past some of the original buildings.
Transylvania County also has fine golf courses in the area, offering challenges to the most avid golfer throughout the year. Public and private tennis courts are also available.
Transylvania County is rich
in both cultural and recreational opportunities, from summer music at the
Brevard Music Center to hiking, hunting, fishing, horse-back riding, canoeing,
camping and biking in the Pisgah National Forest. There are downtown events,
such as national art shows, Brevard Chamber Orchestra, plus county- wide
revivals and music festivals. Brevard College offers concerts in its new
auditorium, the Paul Porter Performing Arts Center.
Transylvania County offers more than 20 summer and year round camps for both boys and girls.
With the beauty of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Pisgah National Forest and 250 natural waterfalls, the county provides a natural arena for recreationalists.
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