Visitors to Western North Carolina will discover an ample amount of things to do in Brevard, NC. Stunning mountain views and Pisgah National Forest attracts tourists to the area year-round along with a host of festivals and other activities.
If you like being close to nature and inhaling fresh mountain air, Brevard is the place to check off your list of things to do. Getting good views of waterfalls in the area is often a first stop for visitors. Spotting a white squirrel in Brevard rivals for the top spot, right behind seeing the waterfalls. And then just exploring the hiking trails, bike paths and downtown Brevard offers plenty to keep visitors busy.
This quaint mountain town in the mountains of Western North Carolina has its own vibe and there’s a little for everyone to do. Stop by the Brevard Visitors Center on East Main Street to get started.
While Brevard is popular for a list of things, perhaps it is best known for having more than 250 waterfalls in the region along with the White squirrels who call the area home.
The natural beauty of Brevard is enhanced by a bounty of waterfalls found throughout the region. Tourists are attracted to the area for close-up views of nature and to experience the unique qualities of each waterfall. It is easy to understand why the area is nicknamed “Land of Waterfalls.” Depending on your time and size of the group, be sure to check out the options to explore the waterfalls. Some will set out on their own, while others will register for one of the arrays of tours offered.
Several waterfalls located near Brevard have been made famous on the big screen. Moviegoers may recognize the waterfall scenes from “The Hunger Games,” released in 2012 and “The Last of the Mohicans,” released in 1992. Many of those scenes were filmed at Triple Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and High Falls, all located within the DuPont State Forest.
In addition to the breathtaking waterfalls throughout the area, Brevard is also known for the legendary White squirrels that enjoy protected status in the city. The tale begins with a pair of white squirrels who reportedly escaped a traveling carnival truck that overturned in 1949 while near Brevard. The squirrels made the area home living in the wild and today, several generations later, the famous residents can be spotted sporadically around downtown Brevard. Popular sites to view white squirrels include the sprawling campus of Brevard College, the Silvermont Park, along with the naturally scenic Franklin Park.
Yes, the white squirrels are treated as celebrities in Brevard with an annual White Squirrel Day designated in February along with the White Squirrel Festival, a two-day festival on Memorial Day weekend that brings musicians and other artisans to the city.
Did you know Brevard is also home to three former professional baseball players, two former professional football players, three former members of Congress, a notable bluegrass musician, a couple of authors and a legendary stand-up comedian?
Depending on how busy you wish to be while visiting Brevard there is plenty to do to keep nature-lovers and others on the go. Hike a nearby trail to view the panoramic views of the mountain ranges or feel the gentle spray of a waterfall while checking out all that makes the city unique.
There are enough waterfalls to go around in Brevard, known as the Land of Waterfalls, with over 250 different sites. Slick Rock Falls can be reached by vehicle, except for the last 25 yards. The waterfall is one of several listed on the Transylvania County Waterfall Guide. Make a splash while slipping down Sliding Rock waterfall along the Looking Glass Creek.
According to Singletracks, Brevard is ranked as a top mountain bike destination and is on the national radar and a leading resource for mountain bike enthusiasts. The network of trails through Pisgah National Forest and DuPont State Forest offers hours of great rides. The state is well-known among different types of cyclists.
The area has over 1,000 miles of hiking trails to explore. A popular trail in the region is the Art Loeb Trail, designated as a National Recreation Trail. First designated in 1969, the trail is named for Art Loeb who was a resident of Brevard and an avid hiker.
The rich history of Brevard and the surrounding region dating back to around 1540 is housed at the Transylvania Heritage Museum. Historical photographs, documents and other artifacts tell the story of the county. Visitors can take a walking tour and view exhibits to learn more about the area.
Where there are trees, birds are sure to be in the midst, perching on high branches to hide from predators or just to take a nap. The North Carolina Birding trail spans the western part of the state and features over 100 sites to spot birds. Brevard and the surrounding county play host to 270 species of birds.
Brevard hosts a dozen festivals each year from the White Squirrel Festival to the Heart of Brevard’s Halloweenfest in October. Pick a month and there is likely a festival coming up.
Downtown Brevard NC is the focal point of this city with a vibe all its own. The downtown district along Main Street for about a five-block area includes a thriving mix of businesses from boutiques to restaurants. The Heart of Brevard provides a guide for downtown to help visitors find the must-visit Farmers Market open on Saturday mornings to discover any of the antique or specialty shops.
Visitors can enjoy open-air spaces throughout downtown to take a shopping break and indulge in various local delicious treats. Downtown is home to about 30 eateries, making it a great hub to spend a few hours immersed in all the area offers. And as a popular destination, be sure to wear comfy shoes while exploring the diverse offerings.
Brevard, North Carolina is a pretty pet-friendly place. Surrounded by nature and wildlife, including the city’s white squirrel mascot, pets are definitely welcome. Many accommodations and amenities in the city are pet-friendly but ask about policies ahead of time.
The hiking trails in both the Pisgah National Forest and the DuPont State Forest generally allow pets to tag along, although many require pets to be on a leash.
In North Carolina, restaurants may decide if pets are welcome in outdoor seating areas on a leash while owners are dining. However, pets are not allowed inside an establishment. A special destination for pets while visiting the city is the Brevard Dog Park, a 2.7-acre space that has separate areas for small and large dogs.
Rain falls a lot in the city of Brevard, which averages more than 60 inches per year. All that rain keeps the over 250 waterfalls in the county running with ease. But rain does not always go with a fun-filled vacation itinerary.
The list of things to do on a rainy day in Brevard is equally impressive as the wealth of activities on a sunny day.
Art galleries – there are several local art galleries downtown for visitors to browse:
Veterans History Museum of the Carolinas – military history buffs will enjoy a tour of the museum’s exhibits covering World War I to the War on Terror. The museum also features Living Histories of area veterans.
Brevard Brewing Company – take a tour of this craft brewery specializing in lagers. The family-owned brewery, which opened in 2012, is located in downtown Brevard.
Tour the Silvermont Mansion, situated on an 8-acre estate in Brevard’s downtown district. The 33- room mansion, which includes a museum, is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The live music scene in Brevard keeps everyone entertained after the sun sets for the day. Local venues cover a variety of genres. Summer visitors can take in concerts at the Brevard Music Center to hear a variety of renowned artists. Music is also a common note during festivals hosted in the region.
A night at the theater taking in a live stage production is another way to spend a great night out on the town. The city also features a host of bars and pubs that are popular gathering spots for friends and visitors to have a good time.
Plan a romantic dinner by candlelight at any of the local dining establishments. Lace-up for a couple’s hike to a picturesque peak to enjoy a picnic lunch or use any of the region’s waterfalls as the backdrop for a marriage proposal or renewal of vows on a special anniversary. It does not have to be a big production, just a thoughtful gesture. Brevard has many options to seal the deal for romance.
Brevard is a great location to plan a vacation getaway with various activities to interest all. Spend the day in Brevard close to nature on a hiking trail, viewing a waterfall or hoping to spot a white squirrel. Whether in town to explore the rich regional history or enjoy a seasonal festival, there will be plenty to do while visiting Brevard.
Since there is always something interesting to do in Brevard, be sure to ask a Landmark Real Estate broker for a few tips. Our team of brokers live here and know the best places to go, who to call for help planning a romantic evening and other insights about the region. When visiting Brevard, trust the expert brokers with Landmark Real Estate to find the best vacation rentals in the area. Contact us about a vacation property that puts you close to all the great things to do in Brevard, North Carolina.