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Things To Do in Transylvania County, North Carolina

Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls…

Transylvania County is home to over 200 waterfalls. Although some are on private land and are not open to the public, there are several public and easily accessible ones, whether it’s a roadside waterfall or one that will make you work to get the ultimate view. Check out the waterfall guide here for more information on the top waterfalls near Brevard.

Looking for an easy stop? Hop out of your car for a short walk along U.S. Highway 276 to see Looking Glass Falls, a 60-foot waterfall. Looking for a mild hike? Head on over to DuPont State Forest for a 4.5-mile loop to hit three waterfalls- Hooker Falls, High Falls, and Triple Falls. If you’re up for an extra adventure, venture over to Sliding Rock, a natural water slide and a popular destination for tourists and locals.

As always, use caution and Be Waterfall Wse while viewing or hiking to waterfalls.

Local Favorites

After a long day hiking in the forest or paddling the river, you must stop at Dolly’s Dairy Bar, located at the entrance of Pisgah National Forest. Enjoy a milkshake, or sundae, or choose from several ice cream flavors with a classic cone. Each flavor of ice cream pays homage to the abundant summer camps located throughout Brevard.

Craft beer, burgers, or tacos? Oskar Blues Brewery and Ecusta Brewery offer delicious brews and food, with in-house options, staple food trucks, and live music.


Downtown Brevard

Stroll through Downtown Brevard for shopping, art galleries, dining, and more. Now a Social District, those who are 21 and older can enjoy a beverage while continuing their search for the perfect souvenir (where applicable). Swing by D.D. Bullwinkles for all of your outdoor adventure goods, have a relaxing dinner at Square Root or Falls Landing, or search for gems at the Crystal Mountain Gem Mine right in town. Be sure to check out the Heart of Brevard website for upcoming events.

Transylvania Heritage Museum

Interested in learning more about Transylvania County and Brevard, North Carolina? Be sure to stop by the Transylvania Heritage Museum, located at 189 W Main Street. In addition to the museum, you can also schedule a guided walking tour to learn more about specific neighborhoods, schools, ghost stories, and more!

The mission of the Transylvania Heritage Museum is to protect and preserve the heritage of Transylvania County. Our interactive exhibits, multi-age educational programs, cultural events and special collections foster an understanding of local culture to ensure it is appreciated by people of today and preserved for those of tomorrow.

Transylvania Famers Market- Weekly on Saturdays

The Transylvania Farmers Market is a local favorite in Downtown Brevard. Held every Saturday from 9 AM to 12 PM (10 AM November through April) at 200 East Main Street. Browse several local vendors for handmade and baked goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, live music, and more! Check out the vendor schedule here.

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