Nestled in the heart of Transylvania County, Brevard is a small, peaceful city with a rich history and plenty of things to keep visitors entertained. The quaint downtown streets offer the opportunity to browse antique stores, art galleries, and unique boutique shops, and there are several fascinating museums to visit as well, including the WNC Military History Museum and the Transylvania Heritage Museum. The town also serves as a gateway to the Pisgah National Forest, and if you like to spend time outdoors, there are plenty of opportunities to hike, camp, and visit beautiful waterfalls. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.

1.Art Loeb Trail

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Stretching for just over 30 miles between Haywood County and the Davidson River Campground just outside Brevard, the Art Loeb Trail is widely regarded as one of the best hikes in North America. The trail is typically hiked from south to north, and it crosses through the Black Balsam region and over four 6,000-foot mountain peaks, including the Black Balsam Knob, Grassy Cove Top, and the iconic Pilot Mountain. Hikers that want to traverse the entire trail should allow themselves at least two or three days, and there are several peaceful backcountry camping spots along the way.

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2.WNC Military History Museum

WNC Military History Museum
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Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Brevard, the WNC Military History Museum tells the stories of veterans who have served in American military in the 20th and 21st centuries. Many of the items on display have been donated by veterans and their families, and each room of the museum is dedicated to a different war, including World Wars I and II, the Vietnam War, and the war on terror in Afghanistan. There's also a Special Exhibits room that features a rotating series of exhibits on various war-related topics. Admission is by donation, and the museum is open Wednesday through Sunday.

21 E Main St, Brevard, NC 28712, Phone: 828-884-2141

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3.Slick Rock Falls

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Nestled in the Pisgah National Forest, Slick Rock Falls is a beautiful 30-foot waterfall named for the slippery rocks at its top and at its base. It's located down a gravel logging road, but once you get here, the falls themselves are only 50 feet back from the road. Visitors will enjoy the beautiful nature no matter what the time of year, but the waterfall is at its best during the spring and after a heavy rainfall. If you want to spend the night, there's a small camping area right across the road from the falls.

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4.Silvermont Park

Silvermont Park
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The former home of the wealthy Silversteen family, Silvermont Park is a gorgeous 8-acre park with an elegant Colonial Revival mansion sitting at its heart. A lovely wheelchair-accessible path leads through the park's well-maintained gardens, and visitors are also welcome to use the park's basketball courts, tennis courts, children's playground, and picnic areas. Guided tours of the mansion are available on Thursday evenings and Friday afternoons between May and October, and every October, the park hosts the Pumpkin Fest, which features local musicians, family-friendly games and activities, food trucks, and a stunning display of carved pumpkins.

364 E Main St, Brevard, NC 28712-3835, Phone: 828-884-3156

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5.Whistlestop Market

Whistlestop Market

Established in 2003, the Whistlestop Market is an excellent place to visit if you want to pick up some groceries or browse a wonderful selection of North Carolinian products. It originally started out as a farm-to-table produce stand, and although the local, seasonal produce sold here is still one of the biggest draws, there are plenty of other things available for purchase as well, with highlights including raw honey, high-quality meat and dairy products, and freshly baked bread made by one of the best bakeries in town. As a bonus, local wine and craft beer are usually sold here as well.

7825 Greenville Hwy, Brevard, NC 28712, Phone: 828-877-5081

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6.Transylvania Heritage Museum

Transylvania Heritage Museum
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Housed inside a historic house built at the end of the 19th century, the Transylvania Heritage Museum is a valuable resource for anyone who wants to learn about the history of Transylvania County. The main exhibit is rotated on a regular basis, and a diverse range of topics are covered, including everything from the methods used to create traditional handicrafts to how transportation has changed over the years. The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday between March and mid-December, and between April and October, it also offers guided walking tours of Brevard once a month.

189 W Main St, Brevard, NC 28712, Phone: 828-884-2347

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7.The Haen Gallery

The Haen Gallery
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Located in the artsy Lumberyard District, the Haen Gallery is a contemporary art gallery with a focus on large scale sculpture. The collection includes work by talented local, regional, and national artists, and visitors are always welcome regardless of whether or not they can afford to purchase a piece. The gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday, but visitors can also make an appointment to visit outside of opening hours. If you'd like to take one of the many beautiful pieces of art home with you, the gallery also offers a sculpture installation service to make the process as easy as possible.

210 S Broad St, Brevard, NC 28712, Phone: 828-883-3268

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8.Artists@Work Studio and Gallery

Artists@Work Studio and Gallery
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Owned and operated by two local artists, Artists@Work Studio and Gallery is a working art studio that offers visitors the unique opportunity to see some of Brevard's talented local artists at work. The owners are a potter and a painter, but both like to experiment with other mediums as well, and they're also proud to display a variety of work by other local artists and silversmiths. The studio is open to visitors every day of the week except Tuesday, and the owners are typically happy to arrange appointments outside of their opening hours as well.

51 W Main St, Brevard, NC 28712, Phone: 828-577-2719

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9.Allison-Deaver House

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Constructed in 1815, the Allison-Deaver House is the area's oldest standing frame house, and it offers a fascinating glimpse at the history of western North Carolina. The building was originally modeled after the row houses that were popular in England at the time, but it has undergone several changes over the years, most notably the double porches that were added in the 1850s. Visitors are welcome to stop by the house on weekend afternoons between early May and mid-October, and if you'd like to visit outside of this time, you might be able to arrange a special appointment.

2753 Asheville Hwy, Brevard, NC, Phone: 828-884-5137

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10.Brevard Little Theatre

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Operating out of the American Legion building, the Brevard Little Theatre has been providing the community with theatrical entertainment since the 1930s. A new production is put on every season, and shows are held Thursday through Sunday. As a non-profit organization, the theater is run entirely by volunteers, and newcomers are always welcome to participate in activities like building sets, distributing flyers, and working the box office. If you're interested in giving acting a try, you can join the theater's troupe of "BLT-To-Go" actors, who are given the opportunity to perform volunteer entertainment for local non-profit organizations.

55 E Jordan St, Brevard, NC 28712, Phone: 828-884-2587

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11.The Inn at Brevard

The Inn at Brevard
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Originally the home of a wealthy widow who moved here from Virginia in 1885, The Inn at Brevard is an elegant antebellum mansion that has been welcoming out-of-town guests since 1940. Every room is decorated with period furnishings and authentic antiques, and art lovers will appreciate the many beautiful paintings that can be found all throughout the inn, most of which come from the owners' private art collection. Delicious homecooked breakfasts are available upon request in the mornings, and the inn also has some beautiful event spaces that can be booked for fully catered weddings, meetings, and other special events.

315 E Main St, Brevard, NC 28712, Phone: 828-884-2105

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Nestled in the heart of the Southern Appalachian and the Blue Ridge Mountains, Deerwoode Lodge, and Cabins offers a true mountain escape. Built as a summer camp in 1923 and surrounded by the pristine beauty of the Deerwoode Wildlife Reserve, Deerwoode Lodge, and Cabins is now a tranquil adults-only retreat on the banks of the French Broad River in North Carolina that offers provide luxurious accommodations and an array of outdoor activities and recreational pursuits.

Rustic wooden lodgings are cozy and comfortable with vintage decor, old stone fireplaces, modern amenities and beautiful woodlands and river views. Winding walking trails offer excellent hiking and mountain biking, The French Broad River is ideal for kayaking, canoeing, and fishing and the woodlands are home to a plethora of wildlife and birds to watch out for.

Deerwoode offers a variety of beautifully restored, historical cabins that present inviting and romantic retreats for every occasion. Stand-alone cabins are spread around the property, built from vintage hardwood and each offering good levels of privacy and serene views. Every cabin features a queen-size bed with plush linens, a private bathroom with shower and/bath, vanity and towels, a sitting area with a small refrigerator and a porch with lovely views. Larger cabins have fully equipped kitchens with washer/dryers, coffee makers, and utensils, and all cabins enjoy air-conditioning and ceiling fans.

Coyote Lodge has four bedrooms and is ideal for larger groups or families traveling together, catering for up to eight people. Each bedroom features a queen-size bed, en-suite bathroom with bath/shower combination, a cozy electric log stove, and air-conditioning and all four bedrooms open onto a large lounge area with massive stone fireplace and comfortable seating. The Lodge has a fully equipped central kitchen with refrigerator, hot plate, microwave, sink, and coffee pot, as well as a table and chairs for dining and entertaining. The lodge also features an indoor/outdoor cooking facility with gas and charcoal grills and tables and chairs for outdoor entertaining.

The River Otter Cottage is an inviting one-bedroom cottage on the property for couples wanting extra levels of privacy and seclusion. The cottage boasts stunning white floors and pine cathedral ceilings throughout and features one large bedroom with a queen-size bed and private bathroom with bath/shower combination. A spacious living room has a gas log fireplace, television with Direct TV and a fully equipped kitchen offers washer/dryer, refrigerator, microwave, and coffee pot. The cottage has central climate control, a private carport and covered porch with spectacular views.

Deerwoode Lodge and Cabins have fully equipped kitchens for self-catering, however, there are several restaurants in the nearby little town of Brevard, such as The Hob Nob, The Square Root, Fall’s Landing, Jordan Street Cafe, Big Mile's and The Quarry.

Deerwoode offers an extensive array of facilities and amenities for guests to enjoy, including an eight-acre lake for canoeing and kayaking, seven ponds for catch-and-release fishing, and several miles of walking, hiking and biking trails. The French Broad River also offers fishing for trout and muskie, while the surrounding woodlands and pristine wilderness is a certified wildlife habitat that is home to over 140 species of bird, wildlife, and trees, including a historic White Oak and Poplar Tree.

The Deerwoode Wildlife Reserve offers a network of trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding and Pisgah Forest Stables and Whitewater Equestrian Center offer guided outrides and trails.

There are a variety of opportunities for water sports in the area on the French Broad River, lakes and ponds, including kayaking, white water rafting, smooth water float trips, and fly fishing. Deerwoode is set along a mile and a half of French Broad River frontage which offers excellent fishing for trout, crappie, muskies and largemouth, as well as eight lakes and ponds for fly-fishing.

The world-renowned Looking Glass Rock in the Pisgah National Forest and the nearby Cedar Rock is famous for its variety of climbs, and The Brevard Rock Gym offers indoor opportunities for beginners and experienced climbers to practice.

There are five excellent golf courses within a few miles of Deerwoode, including Glen Cannon, Connestee Falls, Broadmoor, Etowah, and Cummings Cove, the Brevard Music Center is home to an open-air auditorium that hosts world-class concerts and the Porter Center for Performing Arts offers year-round theatrical performances. Downtown Brevard has plenty of shopping and full service day spas that offer pampering body treatments and salon services.

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269 Riversedge Road, Brevard, North Carolina 28712, Phone: 828-553-8571

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