The Camper Parent’s Guide to the “Land of Waterfalls.”
Welcome! We invite you to use this page to make the most of your trip to Brevard and Transylvania County this summer.
Book your accommodation.
Brevard offers a wide range of accommodations, but they book up quickly in the summer. We encourage you to make reservations as soon as its practical. Our handy accommodations page shows all of your options and contact information. You can also go to our specials page to see if there are any discounts available during your visit. If you have difficulty getting a reservation, call our Visitors Center at (828) 884-8900 or (800) 648-4523. We’ll be happy to help.
I’m hungry. Where should we eat?
No matter what your taste buds are hungry for, we’ve got you covered. Our phone app is a great resource, showing restaurants by category. Handy descriptions, contact info and Google map directions make choosing your food stop a cinch. If you don’t have the app, visit our dining page here, which gives a run down of all the yummy options.
We want to explore the area. How do we get started?
There are literally hundreds of fun activities in the Land of Waterfalls. Luckily we’ve compiled some of the best experiences in one handy place. Our Insider Tips provide great suggestions in twelve different categories, including favorite hikes, swimming holes, waterfalls and much more.
Seriously, I don’t have time to do a lot of research. Can you give me your top five things to do?
Of course we can. If you’re planning to spend some time in Brevard after you’ve dropped off your favorite camper(s), here are our Top 5:
1) Drive US 276. Take this winding road through Pisgah National Forest to the Parkway and enjoy all the sights: stop at Looking Glass Falls, take a short hike to Moore Cove Falls, visit the Cradle of Forestry and then enjoy a picnic lunch at one of the Parkway’s spectacular scenic overlooks.
2) Dine and shop in downtown Brevard. There’s always something awesome worth doing in downtown Brevard. It might be checking out a special exhibit at one of our celebrated galleries, a beer tasting at a local pub, a relaxing al fresco meal or the pursuit of that perfect something from one our boutiques. The map at the corner of Main Street and Broad (on the side of O.P. Taylor’s toy store) will clue you in to the location of every one of our downtown discoveries.
3) Take the Artist’s Way. The Land of Waterfalls isn’t just a basecamp for adventure — it’s a seriously amazing destination for art and culture. Stroll downtown Brevard’s streets and pop into some of our amazing galleries, including Red Wolf Gallery and Number 7 Arts, just to name a few. Or you can drive the Scenic 276 Arts Corridor.
4) Go with the flow. From downtown Brevard, it’s only 20 minutes to DuPont State Recreational Forest where you can see some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world (we’re not kidding). A 40 minute drive delivers you to the rugged and pristine Gorges State Park. The Jocassee Gorge has been named one of the “Last 50 Great Places on Earth” by National Geographic. It’s worth the trip to see why. Or take an afternoon paddle on the 3rd oldest river in the world, the French Broad
5) Listen to the music. Everywhere you turn in Transylvania County, there’s amazing music being made. Catch a concert at the Brevard Music Center Summer Festival or live music at Oskar Blues Brewery, Brevard Brewing Company, 185 King Street or The Phoenix. Here’s a list of venues to get you started.
I have my kids with me, what are the best family friendly things to do?
1) Say “hello” to Dolly’s. This Transylvania County institution is known and loved by every camper, including yours. Let them guide you through the expansive menu of frozen delights, including a custom flavor of ice cream for every camp in the county.
2) Explore O.P. Taylor’s. There’s a reason this place is known as “the coolest toy store on the planet” — because it is. Practically every toy known to kid-dom is jammed into two-and-a-half stories of wall-to-wall fun.
3) Take the plunge at Sliding Rock. It’s the cheapest (and chilliest) thrill on the planet. For $1 a person, take a seat on this 60 foot long smooth granite rock and let 11,000 gallons a minute propel you down to a natural pool at the base. Your entry fee entitles you to as many slides you want. Please note that Sliding Rock is particularly busy on weekends throughout the summer.
4) Tube the Davidson. Like Sliding Rock, many campers get to experience the Davidson River during their summer camp stay. But we guarantee you that they’ll jump at the chance to be your “guide” on this leisurely and scenic float. Tube rentals are available at the entrance to Pisgah National Forest.
5) Hike John Rock. There are literally hundreds of miles of hiking trails in Pisgah, DuPont and Gorges. But if you only have time for one hiking sojourn, this one is hard to beat. This well-marked loop summits along the smooth granite face of John Rock and affords breathtaking views of Looking Glass Rock and the distant ridgeline of the Pisgah Range to the northwest. This five-mile hike, which starts at the Fish Hatchery in Pisgah National Forest, is considered moderate to strenuous, but the view is worth the effort. Directions and details on the John Rock hike and several others can be found here.
For more great ideas and tips, stop by our Visitors Center at 175 East Main in downtown Brevard. You can also order our Travel Planner and Waterfall Guide here.