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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
How To Float Your Boat (or Inner Tube): Jump in

How To Float Your Boat (or Inner Tube): Jump in

How To Float Your Boat (or Inner Tube): Jump in From the 3rd oldest river in the world to numerous tributaries and streams, there are multiple ways to get on the water in Transylvania County. Here are two great ways to go with the flow on our storied waterways. 1 1 Tubing on the Davidson River Pisgah National Forest The Davidson River parallels US-276 as it journeys through Pisgah National Forest, giving you lots of convenient put-in and take-out options. But if you’ve never tubed the Davidson and don’t own tubes, we recommend this trip:  Rent your tubes from Davidson River Rafting at the entrance to Pisgah National Forest. Drive up US-276 and park your car at the Davidson River Campground. Put in at the bridge (commonly referred to as the Job Corp bridge). From here you’ll have an hour-long float down the Davidson. When you’re done, you can retrieve the car by walking the Eastatoe Trail (on the opposite side of the river from US-276) back to the Davidson River Campground– just a 10 minute walk. X 2 2 Explore the French Broad River The French Broad River and its many tributaries offer boundless opportunities for paddlers, from exciting class 4 and 5 rapids to placid flat water. But if you want a fun, low-key introduction to the river’s many charms, we recommend a half or full day excursion offered by outfitters such as Headwaters Outfitters and Pura Vida Adventures. Each company offers trips that take care of the equipment, portaging and... Read More
5 Best Swimming Holes: Splash down

5 Best Swimming Holes: Splash down

5 Best Swimming Holes: Splash down Looking for a place to cool off in the summer? We’ve got you covered. From the ever-popular and world-famous Sliding Rock to more remote, have-it-all-to-myself spots, here’s our personal list of favorite places to splash down. 5 5 Courthouse Falls Pisgah National Forest Yes, this waterfall is off the beaten track. Yes, the water (because of the abundant shade) is always shiveringly cold. But none of this should dissuade you from visiting one of the most picturesque waterfalls this side of Shangri-La. The pool is roomy enough for several swimmers. And a little notch at the base of the falls makes it possible to slip behind the cascade. All in all, magical. X 4 4 Fawn Lake Dupont State Recreation Forest Not a swimming hole in the strictest sense (it is a lake, after all) but Fawn Lake is a sensational spot to cool off, play hooky, or while away a lazy afternoon. The good news is that the lake is large enough to accommodate lots of folks without anyone feeling like their privacy is being invaded. One big advantage to Fawn Lake is that the water temperature is generally much more moderate than the other river- and stream-fed swimming spots we’ve mentioned. It also has a handy pier that leads out to the deeper section of the lake. X 3 3 Whale Back Pisgah National Forest This is one of our favorite little spots to cool off. In the center of the... Read More
4 Tips From A Fly Fishing Champ: Get Hooked

4 Tips From A Fly Fishing Champ: Get Hooked

4 Tips From A Fly Fishing Champ: Get Hooked There are 500 miles of fishable trout waters within a one-hour drive of Brevard. No wonder avid anglers come from every point on the compass to test their skills here. We sought out Kevin Howell, past National Fly Fishing Masters Champion, to offer some tips on the best places to test your fly fishing prowess. A Transylvania County native, Kevin knows most of the fish on a first name basis. 1.)  “To fly fish in North Carolina, purchase a North Carolina State Fishing license and a Trout Stamp. Both can be bought here. For more detailed advice, instruction and gear, check out Headwaters Outfitters and Davidson River Outfitters.” 2.)  “If you’re a beginner, I would recommend heading over to the East Fork of the French Broad just outside of Rosman or to the Little River in DuPont State Recreational Forest. Both of these are delayed harvest streams. From October to June, the state of North Carolina stocks these waters, so if you can get a good drift, you’re gonna catch a fish. Both streams are catch and release, artificial lure only.” Directions to East Fork: From downtown Brevard, go 7.8 miles on US-64 West and take a left on US-178 South/Pickens Highway. Go approximately 2 miles, then take a left on East Fork Road. After less than a mile, the road and the stream will converge and run roughly parallel for several miles, with several pull-offs along the way. A... Read More
Top 10 Waterfalls

Top 10 Waterfalls

Top 10 Waterfalls When you’ve got 250 waterfalls from which to choose, the competition gets pretty tough. We ranked our Top 10 Transylvania County waterfalls based on beauty and accessibility. 10 10 Moore Cove Falls Pisgah National Forest Wind your way through fern banks and mature forest to this lovely cove. It’s all quite enchanting — as are the falls themselves, which cascade like a thin vell over a rock grotto. X 9 9 Wintergreen Falls Dupont State Recreation Forest A lesser-known gem tucked away in a quieter area of DuPont but quite easy to get to, although you will need to be careful on the rocky trail leading to the base of the falls. X 8 8 Hooker Falls Dupont State Recreation Forest This picturesque ledge-style waterfall tumbles into a pool that’s darn near perfect for swimming. The flat sandy banks make getting in and out of the Little River a cinch. Featured in the hit movie, The Last of the Mohicans. X 7 7 Upper Bearwallow Falls Gorges State Park A moderate one-mile hike on a well-maintained trail brings you to a safe and roomy viewing platform that offers up a long-range look at this remote waterfall in Gorges State Park. X 6 6 Turtleback Falls Pisgah National Forest Located a short hike upriver from Rainbow Falls (see #3), Turtleback has a laidback, calming vibe that makes it a nice contrast to its more famous sibling. X 5 5 Batson Falls Connestee Falls, Transylvania County A kid-friendly... Read More