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A place to enjoy. ALWAYS.

In 2017, Transylvania County Tourism launched a sustainability initiative named “Transylvania Always.” Our mission is to be a leader in the effort to take care of Transylvania County’s natural resources in order to create a safe and enjoyable user experience and ensure that these assets are here for future generations. By collaborating and supporting the organizations listed below, we believe we can enrich your experience here in the “Land of the Waterfalls.” But we also believe that our efforts will make it possible for future generations to have the same wondrous interactions with the natural world that are available to you today.

Transylvania County: A place to enjoy. Always.

Brevard, North Carolina is surrounded by magnificent scenery and unparalleled natural features: iconic forests, ageless rivers, granite monoliths, and dramatic waterfalls. Nearly half of our county is public land and we’re proud to share those resources with people from all over the world over who have traveled here to experience its magic and wonder. 

Sadly, visitors to our forests, rivers, and streams leave behind tons of garbage in these pristine places every year. We invite you to join us in our new “Leave It Better” campaign as a way to better understand and help actively reduce negative effects on nature and wildlife. Built on the principles of “Leave No Trace,” our new campaign encourages visitors to not only pack out their own trash but to pick up any other trash they see as a way to “Leave It Better.”

The following are some of the projects that Transylvania Always has funded:

Butter Gap Area Trail Improvements

$30,000 to The Pisgah Conservancy for contracted NEPA surveys that are required within the project area.


Cantrell Creek Project

$20,000 from TCT in partnership with The Pisgah Conservancy, Trout Unlimited, REI, Backcountry Horsemen, Mills River Partnership, Mountain True, and Pisgah Area SORBA. The project created a new 2.5-mile trail away from the creek resolving the Issue of eroded soil, which was causing damage to aquatic life.


DuPont State Recreational Forest Trail Consultation

$2,500 to DuPont State Recreational Forest to hire a technical trail expert to evaluate the Triple Falls Trail area to make recommendations for long-term trail sustainability solutions and possible trail relocation.


French Broad River

$10,000 to TC Soil and Water to supplement county funds for debris removal.


French Broad River Strategic Master Plan

$25,000 to Conserving Carolina for a Strategic Master Plan for the French Broad River Blueway in Transylvania County (“Blueway Plan”). The aims of the proposal are twofold: to inventory and assess, and then create an action plan for recreational and educational enhancements to the French Broad River within Transylvania County. The plan is expected to be completed by December 2021.


Founding Member of The Pisgah Conservancy

Sponsor of The Economic and Environmental Impact of the Outdoor Recreation Industry in Transylvania County Workshop.

Sponsor of events put on by organizations such as Friends of Gorges State Park, The French Broad River Stewards, Headwaters Outfitters River Clean-Up, Friends of Dupont.


Joel Branch – Horse Cove Connector

$25,000 from TCT in partnership with Pisgah Conservancy, City of Brevard, Transylvania County to create an easy connection for the Bracken Mountain Trail to Pisgah National Forest.


Waterfall Safety Campaign

  • Refresh of our Waterfall Safety Campaign, “Be Waterfall Wise”
  • Update of WaterfallSafety.com
  • Two new posters in English and in Spanish

Waterfall Safety PSA

Here in Transylvania County, we are so thankful to all of the volunteers and organizations who support, sustain, and enhance both our public lands and our rich creative heritage.

Whether you are a resident or a visitor, we welcome volunteers who share our passion for our cherished public lands.  We invite you to reach out to any of the organizations below whose work resonates with you and to join in the stewardship of this special place we call home. 



Volunteer Opportunities


Conservation Groups

Back Country Horsemen of Pisgah
Perpetuating the common sense use and enjoyment of horses in America’s backcountry and wilderness areas.

Blue Ridge Bicycle Club of Western North Carolina
Promoting healthy and fun lifestyles through cycling in Western North Carolina.

Carolina Climbers Coalition
The Carolina Climbers Coalition was established on January 16, 1995, with the purpose of preserving the natural environment, promoting safe climbing practices, and preserving climber’s access to climbing areas in North and South Carolina. Since 1995, the Carolina Climbers Coalition has grown and expanded. Today the CCC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. We still hold onto the motto of preserving, protecting, and expanding climbing opportunities, but that has taken a new meaning. The CCC has purchased or leased several significant climbing areas in North Carolina such as Laurel Knob, Rumbling Bald West Side Boulders, Buckeye Knob, Asheboro Boulders, Sauratown, Big Rock in South Carolina, as well as Hidden Valley in Virginia. We have a deep and lasting relationship with the public and private land managers of climbing in the Carolinas. Our ongoing goals are to expand public climbing access in our region, maintain and steward existing climbing areas, and work with land managers to promote sustainable climbing access.

Carolina Mountain Club
The oldest hiking and trail maintaining club in western North Carolina, this organization leads over 175 hikes a year, maintains over 400 miles of trail, and promotes conservation.

Conserving Carolina
Creating a regional network of permanently protected farms, forest, and natural land along the Blue Ridge Mountains, Foothills and Escarpment, Jocassee and Hickory Nut Gorges, and French Broad, North Pacolet, and Green River Watersheds. Conserving Carolina conserves, cares for, and connects people to the places you treasure most.

Cradle of Forestry AIA
Dedicated to helping the public better understand conservation through education and recreation.

Foothills Trail Conservancy

Volunteering with Foothills Trail Conservancy not only helps others appreciate all the trail has to offer but can also be personally rewarding. Whether spending time in nature doing trail maintenance or working with groups of visitors as a picnic organizer, there are many different ways to volunteer with the Foothills Trail community.  For more information about volunteering, please contact maintenance@foothillstrail.org.

Friends of Dupont Forest
Dedicated to protecting and enhancing DuPont State Recreational Forest.

Friends of Gorges State Park
A non-profit organization created to develop, encourage, and promote public awareness of Gorges State Park.

Mountain True
Championing resilient forests, clean waters, and healthy communities in western North Carolina through project advocacy, outreach, education, and on-the-ground projects.

NC Forest Service
Managing North Carolina’s public lands while ensuring adequate and quality forest resources on a sustainable basis.

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
Dedicated to conserving and sustaining the state’s fish and wildlife resources through research, scientific management, wise use, and public input.

Pisgah Area SORBA
The largest nonprofit mountain biking organization in the southeast, the Southern Off-Road Bicycling Association works with land managers to create and maintain trail systems for mountain bikers to enjoy. The organization promotes education, land access, trail preservation, and new trail development.

Pisgah Conservancy, The
Working to preserve the natural resources and scenic beauty of the Pisgah Ranger District and to enhance the recreational experience of all visitors to Pisgah.

Pisgah Trout Unlimited

Focusing on conservation, education, mentoring, and community outreach related to cold water streams in Henderson, Transylvania, and Polk counties.

River Link promotes the environmental and economic vitality of the French Broad River and its watershed as a place to live, learn, work and play.

Southern Highlands Reserve

Southern Highlands Reserve is a native plant arboretum and research center dedicated to sustaining the natural ecosystems of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Transylvania French Broad River Stewards
A non-profit volunteer citizen group whose purpose is to promote the natural and economic vitality of the Upper French Broad River in Transylvania County.

Transylvania Natural Resource Council
Dedicated to responsibly managing Transylvania County’s natural resources, promoting the environment, and educating the public on environmental issues.

NOTE; If you are an organization working to sustain and enhance our public lands or our rich creative heritage and would like to be included in this list, please contact Corey Gafnea at corey@explorebrevard.com


Arts, Science and Cultural Organizations

Brevard Little Theatre
This vibrant community theatre was founded in the 1930’s and mounts a number of popular shows annually.

Brevard Music Center
One of the country’s premier summer music training programs and festivals, promoting instruction and performance including orchestral ensembles, chamber music and opera.

Brevard Philharmonic
Fosters the development in the community of an appreciation for the performing arts by promoting and producing local musical entertainment and instruction for the benefit of the public through orchestral performances.

Mountain Song Productions
Socially- and community-conscious organization dedicated to producing music concerts, including the Mountain Song Festival.

Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute
Dedicated to providing hands-on educational and research opportunities for a broad cross-section of users in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines.

Transylvania Community Arts Council
Enhancing the quality of life of Transylvania County by celebrating and nurturing the creative spirit of artists, youth and individuals through programming, educational opportunities and advocacy.

Transylvania Handcrafters Guild
Providing programs, training, workshops and fellowship for county residents interested in the production, exhibition of quality handcrafts.

Transylvania Heritage Museum
A non-profit organization dedicated to the temporary and permanent displays of artifacts, genealogical exhibits, vintage photographs and other exhibits reflecting the history and heritage of Transylvania County.

Transylvania Historical Society
Celebrating the cultural and architectural heritage of Transylvania County. The historical society owns the Allison-Deaver house, built in 1815, and manages the McGaha Chapel, built circa 1872.

Veterans History Museum
Providing an avenue for people to appreciate and honor the men and women who served so bravely in our armed forces.