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This way to adventure.

North Carolina is the great trails state. And there’s no better place to celebrate The Year of the Trail than in Transylvania County. Home to Pisgah National Forest, DuPont State Recreational Forest, Headwaters State Forest and Gorges State Park, our beautiful county is over 50% public lands, resulting in a richness and diversity of trails unmatched in North Carolina.

Consider our 300 miles of epic singletrack, ideal for mountain bikers. Plus hundreds of miles of multi-use trails catering to hikers, equestrians, birdwatchers and wildflower lovers. Our meandering streams and rivers, including the French Broad and the Davidson (a Top 100 trout stream) offer endless opportunities for paddlers and anglers. Not to mention an extensive network of unpaved roads that are tailor-made for gravel cycling enthusiasts.

For your convenience, we’ve compiled a curated list of great trail experiences to help you make the most of the Year of the Trail. We’ve also included information on our Leave It Better initiative which shows how you can help preserve the quality of Transylvania County’s woods and water for future generations to enjoy.

Go Wild!


Ride Horsin' Around in Pisgah


Pedal Epic Singletrack


Paddle Go with the flow


Hike Five Fabulous Hikes


More Trails to Explore

Leave it Better

As you venture forth into our woods and waterways during the Year of the Trail, we invite you to learn more about our “Leave It Better” program.

Taps & Trails

Brevard and Transylvania County serve up incredible mountain biking and amazing craft beers.

Kid-Friendly Trails

Transylvania County is an ideal vacation destination for families.

Waterfalls Worth the Hike

One of the great joys of hiking in Pisgah National Forest, DuPont State Recreational Forest, and Gorges State Park is that there is often a “reward” for your effort…

Wildflower Walks

Some hiking trails offer big surprises – like hidden waterfalls or dramatic vistas – but some offer smaller, more intimate experiences that can be equally satisfying.

Brevard’s flying friends

Brevard’s forests, mountains and streams are home to an endlessly fascinating and diverse population of wildlife to discover during North Carolina’s year of the trail.

Come to your senses

When you venture into the woods to celebrate North Carolina’s Year of the Trail, we want you to have the richest and most rewarding experience possible.

Wheely Fun

Transylvania County has earned a worldwide and well-deserved reputation for its
spectacular mountain biking.

We Love Our Trails

As proof of how much we love our trails, we’ve put our money where our mouth is. In just the last three years, the Transylvania County Tourism Development Authority has provided $300,000 in funding to local projects that support our forest lands and waterways through our Transylvania Always initiative.

In addition, the TCTDA has pledged $1,000,000 in local matching funds toward the Ecusta Trail, which will provide almost 20 miles of a multi-use greenway connecting Brevard and Hendersonville along an old railway corridor. For more information about this exciting rail-to-trail project, visit