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Why Everyone Should Visit This One Town In North Carolina : Part Two

A couple of weeks ago, I took you through a digital tour of the beautiful, historic coastal town of New Bern. For the next town featured, it’s only fair we head to the mountains and explore the charm of Western North Carolina.

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains and located in Transylvania County – you’ll find a small town surrounded by some of the most majestic scenery in North Carolina. The quaint town of Brevard has a population of just 7,609 (2010 Census) making it idyllic, scenic, and a perfect place for a weekend visit.

Maybe you’ve heard of Brevard for their famous mascot–the white squirrel. No, these little animals are not simply mountain myths. They’re real, true, white squirrels that even get their own annual festival Memorial Day weekend.

The festival is a great time to explore this bustling small town to the fullest.There’s plenty of music, food, events, and squirrels. But if squirrels aren’t a thing of celebration for you…maybe try music?

The Brevard Music Center is an internationally known summer music institute and festival that hosts 400 students, age fourteen and up, to hone their talents and present them to the world.

Aside from the summer event and festival (that draws in visitors from around the world) the town has a thriving, year-round music scene. Kick back and catch some live bluegrass at a bar, or enjoy a summer concert on the lawn.

There’s always music in the air in this town…but sometimes that music is nature’s melody.

Just outside of Brevard, you’ll find some of most iconic, and picturesque scenery that defines the western region of North Carolina. Like the majestic Looking Glass Rock (pictured above).

But Transylvania County is indeed the land of waterfalls, with over two-hundred known falls.

But the body of water in Brevard that rules all the land? The French Broad River. This beautiful river is the third-oldest in the world!

The iconic French Broad makes water activities like canoeing, kayaking, rafting, tubing, even taking a dip…completely accessible to those visiting Brevard.

Besides massive bodies of water, Brevard is close to several natural hotspots like Pisgah National Forest, DuPont State Recreational Forest, Gorges State Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and Nantahala National Forest.

Get prepared for full days of biking in the morning, hiking at lunch, canoeing in the afternoon, and enjoying a gorgeous scenic sunset from the Blue Ridge Parkway to end a great day.

But don’t forget to take a stroll through the beautiful, quaint downtown. Stop by charming shops to pick up unique gifts and personal finds.

Dine at delicious restaurants like Hobnob, Marco Trattoria, or Square Root (but make reservations early).

Best part, you can rent a cabin in the woods or stay right in town…hey, you can even do both!

You’ll have plenty of excuses to plan a trip and visit soon. Annually, Brevard hosts six festivals and three cycling events. Visit their website to find the perfect one for you!

Have you visited this lovely mountain town? Do you live there now? What fond memories do you have? Tell us in the comments!

Emory Rakestraw
Emory was born and raised in North Carolina. She enjoys writing, photography, filmmaking, travel, wine and cheese. You can find more of her work on emoryrakestraw.com