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Headwaters State Forest: Go Wild

Headwaters State Forest: Go Wild

Headwaters State Forest: Go Wild ​Headwaters State Forest A Conservation Laboratory North Carolina’s newest state forest was founded in 2018 and represents another iconic destination in Transylvania County. In terms of beauty and features, it’s on par with Pisgah, DuPont and Gorges. However, its remote location and limited access make it a more appropriate destination for adventurers with good wilderness and map-reading skills. We caught up with Assistant Regional Forester Michael Cheek, who oversees this 6,730 acre mountain wonderland for the North Carolina Forest Service to help us understand the importance of Headwaters and the opportunities for visitors to enjoy its unique topography and features. Q&A Q&A: Michael, what’s distinctive about Headwaters? “Headwaters is located right along the edge of the Blue Ridge Escarpment and the South Carolina border.  It’s very remote and has a very “back country” feel to it. You’ll find plenty of trails and lots of solitude.” Q&A Q&A: What’s the key mission of Headwaters State Forest? “Certainly, recreation is a part of it, but our primary focus is on the conservation of the headwater streams that feed into the East Fork of the French Broad River. There are over a dozen named streams feeding into the East Fork, totaling some 50 miles. That’s where our clean drinking water comes from, and these headwater streams are key to that. Part of our mission is also to demonstrate good forestry practices – to show the public the best way to manage this important resource. This land has... Read More
Tails on The Trail

Tails on The Trail

Tails on The Trail Five Tips for Traveling with Your Favorite Four-Legged Friend Dogs make great travel and trail buddies, and in Transylvania County, we’re particularly fond of Fido and all his furry friends. But before you and your best canine buddy set off on a Brevard and Transylvania County adventure, here are a few tips to make sure that both of you have the safest and happiest experience possible: 1 1 Lead by Example. While dogs are welcome on trails and at campsites in our public lands (and at many businesses in town), it is critically important, for your dog’s safety and that of others, that he stays on leash and under control. Officials in our public lands will enforce this rule. 2 2 Mind the Water. Brevard’s plentiful water features, including its 250 waterfalls, are popular destinations for curious humans and canines. But for everyone’s safety, it’s important to keep a particular eye on your pup whenever the two of you are near the water’s edge, especially the waterfalls. Dogs are allowed in canoes and kayaks on guided trips, however, dogs are not permitted on tubes or to slide down Sliding Rock. 3 3 Pick It Up: Dogs can be great helpers, but they need our help with housekeeping. Please clean up after your dog. It is one of the best and easiest ways to take care of our towns and wilderness areas and truly leave them better. 4 4 Give Your Pooch His Own Space. While... Read More
Fun & Free: No Dough

Fun & Free: No Dough

Fun & Free: No Dough With over 170,000 acres of public lands to explore and a host of special events tailor-made for fun, Transylvania County represents one of the best vacation values you’ll find anywhere. Here’s a top ten list of fun and free things to do. 10 10 Forest Discovery Center If you’re fifteen or younger, you qualify for free admission to this fascinating learning center dedicated to the history of forest conservation and management. Located at the Cradle of Forestry inside Pisgah National Forest, the Forest Discovery Center is filled with informative and interactive displays – including a helicopter simulator that takes you on a fire fighting flight. To find out more about the center and the great Summer Songcatcher Music Series (also free) go to cradleofforestry.com. X 9 9 Sample Some Awesome Jams Music jams, that is. Satisfy your music jones with free weekly hoedowns throughout the county. The best source is our monthly Get Out Guide, which you will find at most retailers, restaurants and attractions throughout the county. X 8 8 Take the Plunge Okay, it costs a buck to access Sliding Rock, but that’s a small price to pay for the bragging rights you’re entitled to after taking the sixty foot plunge into a deep, cold pool at the base of this smooth, granite boulder. Located in Pisgah National Forest, Sliding Rock has become a rite of passage for thousands of kids and adults. It’s fun, it’s invigorating and the pictures your family snaps... Read More