Brevard NC & Land of Waterfalls

Brevard & NC's Land of Waterfalls

Celebrated as North Carolina’s Land of Waterfalls, Brevard and Transylvania County have much more than gorgeous cascades. Their All-American Main Street is full of local shops, galleries and great restaurants. A stately courthouse sits on the square with a gazebo where community concerts are held. Located between Pisgah National Forest, DuPont State Recreational Forest and Gorges State Park, Brevard affords visitors endless outdoor adventures, including hiking, mountain biking, waterfall hunting, fly fishing and much more.

Brevard, NC

Known as one of the top mountain biking destinations in the US, Brevard sports 300 miles of epic single track in the pristine forests throughout Transylvania County.  A destination for cyclists of all types, the area is also known for its road cycling and excellent cycling shops, where guides and gear are always available.

Downtown hosts several fun festivals throughout the year, including The White Squirrel Festival, Halloweenfest and Twilight Tour, but visitors can find much to explore year-round. Favorite stops include O.P. Taylor's toy store on the square and D.D. Bullwinkle's Outdoors.

Brevard, NC, White Squirrel

Brevard’s most famous local residents are its white squirrels. These special little creatures have flourished in Brevard since escaping a visiting carnival in Florida in the early 1950s. You might catch a glimpse of them as they scurry around the local trees especially on the Brevard College Campus. Don’t forget to pick up a souvenir from local shops! ​

Brevard NC Soda Shop

At Rocky’s Grill and Soda Shop, patrons sit at the 1941 lunch counter to enjoy old-fashioned soda fountain creations, including milkshakes, malts and their famous Pimento Cheese, a family recipe.

Looking Glass Falls

Brevard is located along scenic Highway 64. It's a popular hub for exploring Pisgah National Forest. Much of the area is a temperate rain forest with 90+ inches of rain a year, hence 250 waterfalls. The most visited waterfall is Looking Glass Falls (pic) and summer favorite Sliding Rock.

Hike to the top of iconic Looking Glass Rock or to the stunning waterfalls of DuPont State Forest.

To find more hiking and waterfalls nearby, see our Pisgah Forest Waterfall & Hiking Map.

Head west on Highway 64 toward Cashiers for Lake Toxaway, Gorges State Park and the Nantahala National Forest, home to Panthertown Valley and Schoolhouse Falls.

Brevard, NC

For a small mountain town, Brevard has a larger than average share of culture. It is home to the world-renowned Brevard Music Center and its extaordinary Summer Music Festival, the Porter Center for Performing Arts at Brevard College, and a vibrant live music community.

PARI

The Learning Center at PARI (Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute) is an internationally known science and space learning center located near Brevard in Pisgah National Forest. Schedule a visit to tour this former NASA campus with space artifacts, minerals, meteorites and more. For a list of stargazing events, visit PARI's website.

Go to the Explore Brevard Website to discover many more exciting things to do. 

Directions from Asheville: I-26 to exit 40/Highway 280/Airport exit toward Brevard. Downtown Brevard is 33 miles from Downtown Asheville. For a super scenic drive, take the Forest Heritage Scenic Byway from Brevard to or from the Blue Ridge Parkway.

See more of our Coolest NC Mountain Small Towns. Hendersonville is 20 miles east and Cashiers is 28 miles west.

Brevard Things to Do

Brevard Lodging
Brevard Places to Stay
Find cabins of all sizes, hotels, B&Bs and luxury inns in the Brevard area from their official visitor center. It's the Land of Waterfalls. Includes Pisgah National Forest and DuPont State Forest.
Brevard Music Center Festival
Brevard Adventure Guide
Order your free 48-page Adventure Guide for Brevard and Transylvania County, Land of the Waterfalls, with scenic drives, hikes, waterfall map, festivals, art, museums and picturesque Main Street.
Greystone Inn, Lake Toxaway
This luxury, picturesque boutique resort is perched on the shores of pristine Lake Toxaway surrounded by National Forests. Amenities include a spa, gourmet dining, lake cruise, golf, tennis and many water activities. Unwind with gracious hospitality, rocking chairs and feather topped beds. 30 rooms & suites, $249-$689, wi-fi, turndown... read more
Killer Bees Honey Farm Tours
Bee-to-Honey Farm Tours
This unique hands-on tour of Killer Bees Honey Farm above Pisgah National Forest includes putting on a bee suit, pouring your own honey and a delicious honey tasting and pairing. Located near Lake Toxaway and Brevard. Small groups, advance reservations only.
Guided Waterfall Tour
Pisgah Field School Hikes & Tours
Explore the natural and cultural wonders of Pisgah National Forest through guided hikes and small tours for waterfalls & wine, stargazing, sunsets and more in the Brevard area, presented by the nonprofit Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association. Custom private tours also.
Skyterra Wellness
Skyterra Wellness Retreat
A beautiful mountain retreat in the Land of the Waterfalls where you set aside life’s obligations to focus on your own health and well-being. Stress management, fitness, and culinary experts helps you break old cycles, jump start new habits, and embrace the healthy, revitalized lifestyle. Spa treatments are customized. Stay for a week, or as long as you'd like. Rates include daily yoga, fitness, meditation, and education classes, private room, and chef-prepared meals.
Dogwood Cabins
So serene and peaceful! Stay in your own little piece of heaven in one of these new, luxurious, dog-friendly cabins, central to everything in the mountains. Each is situated on one-acre woodland lots with huge fenced yards. 3 cabins, $240-$295/night, weekly & monthly rates available, GreenSpa Eco Hot Tub, wood-burning... read more
Sliding Rock
Sliding Rock
The most popular natural waterslide in North Carolina for generations is in Pisgah National Forest near Brevard. Slide down a 60-ft. smooth rock waterfall into a pool of chilly water. Bathrooms and showers are open and lifeguards on duty during warmer months.
WNC Military Museum, Brevard
Veteran's History Museum of the Carolinas
Appreciate and honor the men and women who served so bravely in our Armed Forces during wars since World War I. Many personal stories connected to one-of-a kind artifacts, uniforms, weaponry, original newspapers, personal letters, and more. Open Wed-Sunday. Free admission. 21 East Main St, Brevard.
Looking Glass Falls
Looking Glass Falls
Roadside 60-ft. waterfall in Pisgah National Forest along the Forest Heritage Scenic Byway. Enjoy from the parking area or take the steps down for an up-close look. 10 miles from Blue Ridge Parkway.
Rainbow Falls NC
Rainbow Falls
(3 miles round-trip, moderate) This majestic 150-ft. waterfall in the Pisgah National Forest can be reached via a hiking trail from Gorges State Park. Enjoy the falls safely on a boulder at its base or at the top. A little upstream is Turtleback Falls, a cool summer swimming hole.
DuPont State Forest NC
DuPont State Recreational Forest
Hike, mountain bike or horseback ride a multitude of trails to see many waterfalls and lakes on 10,000 acres. Plus, picnic on mountaintops and swim at Hooker Falls. Visitor center, free admission.
Forest Discovery Center at the Cradle of Forestry
Cradle of Forestry
(2 miles loop, easy) Walk paved, accessible trails to see restored buildings from the early 1900s and learn about how forestry began in the United States. Perfect for strollers, wheelchairs and scooters.
Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI)
The Learning Center at PARI
This former NASA campus in Pisgah National Forest is now a fascinating space and science center open for camps, events and occasional tours. See exhibit galleries, a gem and meteorite collection, hands-on research and star gazing nights. Previously called Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute. 
Looking Glass Rock
Looking Glass Rock
If you are a looking for a nice reward after a challenging hike, head to this well-known rock face summit in Pisgah National Forest. You will ascend about 1,700 feet in just over three miles. The views from the top are well worth the effort. There is plenty of space to relax on the rock face with your picnic! Then it's downhill all the way back to the car.
Forest Heritage National Scenic Byway
Forest Heritage National Scenic Byway
Another nationally-recognized scenic drive is this winding 79-mile route that crosses the Blue Ridge Parkway twice (milepost 412 at U.S. Highway 276 and milepost 423 at N.C. Highway 215). The Forest Heritage Scenic Byway is also named the Copperhead Loop by motorcyclists who love all the curves. Stop at waterfalls, hiking trails, Sliding Rock and the Cradle of Forestry. In the photo is Sunburst Falls.
Oskar Blues Brewery, Brevard NC
Oskar Blues Brewery
(342 Mountain Industrial Drive, Brevard) Oskar Blues' east coast brewery opened in 2012. The Tasty Weasel taproom is open daily with free tours of the brewery. Sample specialty draft ales, enjoy live music and gather with friends.
Allison-Deaver House
Allison-Deaver House
Located in Brevard, this is the oldest frame house in western NC (dating back to 1815). Tour the home and beautiful grounds mid-May through mid-October on Saturdays 10 AM-4 PM and Sundays 1-4 PM. Operated by the Transylvania County Historical Society. 2753 Asheville Highway, Pisgah Forest, NC. 
Lake Toxaway, NC
Lake Toxaway
This pristine, scenic mountain lake is surrounded by a community with many things to do - located near Brevard. Take a lake cruise at Greystone Inn, be a beekeeper for a day, stay at a wellness retreat and see Toxaway Falls.
Waterfall Byway: US Highway 64
Waterfall Byway: US Highway 64
Drive 98 miles through the Blue Ridge Mountains, through charming towns and by plenty of beautiful waterfalls. Begin in Chimney Rock and travel west on U.S. Highway 64 by Lake Toxaway and through Cashiers and Highlands. Stop at roadside waterfalls Dry Falls and Bridal Veil as you enter the Cullasaja River Gorge. The last section is also called Mountain Waters Scenic Byway.
Cathey's Creek Falls
Cathey's Creek Falls
This 80-foot waterfall in Pisgah National Forest is just six miles west of downtown Brevard near U.S. Highway 64. It's a short but steep hike to the cascade hidden away in a lush cove.

Brevard Top Events

White Squirrel Festival
White Squirrel Festival
Friday, May 22, 2020 to Sunday, May 24, 2020
Go nuts at the White Squirrel Festival in downtown Brevard that features a parade, plenty of live music, food, arts and much more on Memorial Day Weekend.
Brevard Music Center Festival
Brevard Music Center Summer Festival
Friday, June 26, 2020 to Sunday, August 9, 2020
One of the country's premier summer music festivals with 100+ performances by 500 students from around the world - joined by faculty and visiting artists for symphony, opera, pops, chamber, cabaret, Americana, and jazz. Artist Director is Keith Lockhart (Boston Pops).
Brevard HalloweenFest
Halloweenfest
Saturday, October 31, 2020
This downtown Brevard festival features a Flight of the Vampire 5K, Children’s Fun Run, street vendors, games, music, trick-or-treating, pet costume contest and a very competitive pumpkin carving contest. 10 AM-6 PM.
Aluminum Christmas Tree Museum
Aluminum Christmas Tree Museum
Saturday, November 9, 2019 to Saturday, December 21, 2019
This quirky exhibit in downtown Brevard features dozens of vintage aluminum Christmas trees and ornaments inside the Transylvania Heritage Museum. A fun trip back in time. Wed-Sat. Free admission.

July 4th Celebration
The Fourth of July Celebration includes a big street festival, fine arts showcase, live music, bicycle parade, hot dog eating contest and cruisers auto show 9 AM-5 PM. Afterwards, the festivities move to nearby Brevard College for a concert and fireworks.

Christmas Parade & Twilight Tour
On the first Saturday in December, the annual Christmas parade begins at 3 PM down Broad Street through downtown Brevard. At 4 PM, the Twilight Tour kicks off with craft vendors, live music, tree lighting and food trucks. The Brevard College Lessons & Carols concert at 7:30 PM in The Porter Center is free to attend. Go to their Website for more holiday season events.

At Sliding Rock each summer, thousands of children and adults slip and slide down this favorite natural mountain waterfall in Pisgah National Forest, near Brevard and... read more
The 500,000+ acres of Pisgah National Forest surrounding Asheville feature some of the most beautiful and rugged mountain scenery, and the best recreational... read more
The 4.5-mile loop hike on Cedar Rock Mountain in DuPont State Recreational Forest provides wonderful mountain views and dramatic scenery. Rising only a few hundred feet... read more