Cedar Mountain Cool
The Latest Word on a Small Community with Plenty of Big Fun
Once a secret gem of a spot, the tiny, scenic hamlet of Cedar Mountain has become one of Transylvania County’s liveliest and most rewarding communities. It’s a great place to kick back and enjoy delicious food and beverages in an area full of art and fantastic hangouts. An excellent day trip while visiting Brevard, Cedar Mountain is perfect for catching your breath on the doorstep of outdoor adventure.
Here are a few great places to get a sense of what makes Cedar Mountain so special:
FALL(s) IN LOVE
For many visitors to Brevard and Transylvania County, Cedar Mountain is the entry point to DuPont State Recreational Forest. This beloved 12,500-acre state forest has trails, woodlands, beautiful views, and some of Transylvania County’s most popular waterfalls, including High Falls, Triple Falls, and Hooker Falls, as well as Wintergreen Falls, Grassy Creek Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls. Nearby Connestee Falls also offers up gorgeous views of a spectacular plunge from an accessible viewing area.
SIP AND SNACK
Cedar Mountain has a host of delightful and unconventional options for food, drink, live music, and chilling out before or after a day of exploration. Studio 276 offers up craft moonshine, a gallery space, and live music in the evenings, and provides a daytime home to the beloved Velvet Cup Coffee Truck to caffeinate your mornings and early afternoons. Nearby Cedar Mountain Canteen also brings in regular music performances, as well as a full range of craft beverages at their intimate public house and bottle shop. Cedar Mountain Outpost may have started out as a gas station, but while you can still fill your tank, visitors will also find a full coffee bar, extensive deli, and plenty of wine and beer. Both Cedar Mountain Café and Creekside Market and Grill have long been local favorites for delicious meals in charming environments. The latter also offers arts and crafts, gem mining, a schedule of live music, and more.
Any great adventure starts with the right equipment. If you’re in Cedar Mountain, you can find the stuff you need, and the stuff your favorite four-footed companion needs, at Hiker and The Hound.
TAKE A SWING
Sherwood Forest Golf Club offers up a lovely Par 3, 18-hole Audubon Sanctuary Course, which is a delight to play whether or not you’re planning to win the Masters next year. If you’re lucky, you might see some of the remarkable local bird life between the tees alongside a llama (yes, llama) caddy. And before you pack up the clubs, check out the gorgeous George Cobb-designed course at Connestee Falls Golf Club, which offers up championship play at 3200+ feet.