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The Birds & The Bees

The Birds & The Bees

The Birds & The Bees Catching up with Brevard’s flying friends Brevard’s forests, mountains and streams are home to an endlessly fascinating and diverse population of wildlife. Some of its most interesting residents tend to go high, soaring over the trees and hovering over flower beds. Brevard is a special place to catch up on the birds and the bees, whether you’re the queen bee of honey hoarders or just looking to put a new feather in your cap. See You Later, Pollinator Adventurers with a sweet tooth will find much to enjoy at Killer Bees Honey in Toxaway. This small, family-owned apiary offers a variety of bee tours and honey tastings. If you want to get a true “hive” experience, you can suit up and drone with the drones themselves. Afterwards, sample some of the sweet stuff with cheese, crackers, meats, fruit, and a beverage (alcoholic or non-). Designated by the North Carolina Wildlife Commission as a Wildlife Refuge, Killer Bees provides a welcoming place for all the insects and animals that pollinate the surrounding Pisgah National Forest. A Warm Wel-Comb  Up the road from Killer Bees, the Southern Highlands Reserve is appropriately celebrated as a spectacular, native Blue Ridge plant arboretum, research center, and an A+ spot for scenic views. Gorgeous gardens, however, depend on happy bees.  Over the last ten years, Reserve staff noticed that “feral” or “wild” honeybees were on site.  For the past two years, they’ve been working with an expert, and in 2021,... 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
Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever Five Fun Facts about Brevard’s Summer Camps Each summer, Transylvania County hosts thousands of young people from all over the nation and world at the many summer camps in and around Brevard. Ranging from days with backpacks and bug juice to internationally renowned music programs, Brevard’s summer camps are a treasured part of our history and a large contribution to what has made our community so beloved for generations. As we round out the end of care-package season, here are five things you might not know about Brevard’s summer camps: 1 1 SUMMER CAMPS HAVE A RICH HISTORY. Hundreds of children of all ages come to Brevard every summer. The relationship between summer campers and the larger community can be felt all over town, from the camp-specific flavors of ice cream at Dolly’s near the entrance to Pisgah National Forest to the shops downtown that offer camp care packages. The sounds of happy voices filling the forests and waterways with laughter, joy, and imagination echo the seemingly limitless possibilities of summertime when you’re young at heart. 2 2 Brevard’s first summer camp opened in 1913. Camp French Broad opened its doors in 1913, and Camp Sapphire arrived a year later in 1914. Keystone Camp, the area’s first camp for girls, which is still producing new generations of happy campers, started two years later in 1916. 3 3 The Brevard Music Center was originally called Transylvania Music Camp. James Christian Pfohl moved his summertime Davidson Music School from... Read More