Archive for July, 2011

The Bele Chere Festival, a short drive from Brevard in nearby Asheville, is the largest free festival in the southeastern U.S.  and features an eclectic collection of performers, artists, and activities.

The three day festival runs from July 29th-July 31st and features more than 40 local , regional, and national musical performers on 4 stages. In addition to the scheduled performances, you will also  find many street performers to enjoy.   A multitude of arts and crafts vendors from all over the country feature their works in metalwork, fabric, paint, ceramics, woodwork and more.  Stop by Arts Park and visit with the best artists of Bele Chere, exhibiting jewelry, photography, pottery, woodworking, painting and metalwork.   The festival also supplies an abundance of activities, including a 5K marathon, zumba, and dance lessons throughout all three days of the festival.

No matter what you’re seeking the Bele Chere festival is sure to please, what a great way to spend a summer weekend!

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Located in beautiful Western North Carolina, Transylvania County is known as the “Land of Waterfalls” for good reason – there are  250 waterfalls located here amidst the Blue Ridge Mountains!  These are the Top Ten Waterfalls 2011 that should not be missed, as chosen by the readers of RomanticAsheville.com, an on line travel guide.

Sliding Rock is a 60′ naturally-formed rock slide with a 6-7 foot deep pool at the base in the Pisgah National Forest near Brevard

Looking Glass Falls is one of the most visited waterfalls in North Carolina. Located along US 276 north of Brevard, you won’t even have to get out of your car to see this 60-foot waterfall.

Dupont State Forest, near Brevard, has an easy, wooded trail that will take you to three magnificent Falls – Hooker Falls, a powerful 20 foot fall, the scenic Triple Falls, and High Falls.

Graveyard Fields on the Blue Ridge Parkway has an excellent loop trail that leads to two waterfalls.

Rainbow Falls is a mighty 150 foot fall found along the Horsepasture River in Nantahala National Forest

Linville Falls is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  This waterfall is in two sections: the upper falls and the lower falls,
follow the Erwins View Trail to find  four overlooks for this fall.

Crabtree Falls is a beautiful 70-foot waterfall, also along the Blue Ridge Parkway,  accessed by a 2.5 mile loop hiking trail.

Upper Whitewater Falls, with its 411 foot plunge,  is the highest waterfall east of the Rockies and is easily accessed from a paved trail.

Hickory Nuts Falls – follow along the Hickory Nut Falls trail in Chimney Rock Park  to the base of these 404 foot falls,  one of the highest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River.

Dry Falls – you can actually walk behind this impressive 75-foot waterfall in the Nantahala National Forest, and stay dry!

To access to most of the waterfalls requires some light hiking, so while you go in search of the waterfalls around the Brevard and Asheville area  you will experience firsthand the pristine and incredible landscape found here in Transylvania County.

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In Brevard, NC,  along with miles of amazing hiking and biking trails, you’ll find many rivers, streams, lakes, and waterways ideal for canoeing, kayaking, or even whitewater rafting. Transylvania county is the headwaters of the French Broad River which flows for 213 miles from Rosman,NC, through Brevard and Asheville, and into Tennessee.  Whether you are an experienced paddler or looking to try something new, exploring Brevard by water is a truly unique and memorable experience.

Follow the bends and turns of the free flowing French Broad River in a kayak or canoe and enjoy the perfect mountain views and abundant wildlife found along its banks.  Known for its vast variety of birds, you are sure to see Great Blue Herons, Egrets and more. With  250 awe- inspiring waterfalls located here in Transylvania County,  you are able to view a few of them along your float as well.   And, if you are looking for something a bit more adventurous, there are areas along the river where you will find white-waters, from mild to the more intense.   For flat water paddlers,  beautiful Cascade Lake on the edge of DuPont State Forest, just minutes from Brevard, is a perfect destination. 

Set out on your own adventure or locate one of the many outdoor tours and guides available in the area who offer everything from single day explorations to week long excursions.  Brevard is a great setting to enjoy all the best outdoor activities.

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Brevard, North Carolina and Transylvania county are consistently rated as among the best areas for cycling in North America.  Whether your cycling interest is road biking, mountain biking, or endurance biking, you will find it in Brevard.

Road biking through the beautiful mountains of  the Transylvania County/Brevard area offers two types of rides –  rolling hills and valleys for a more relaxed ride,  as well as more challenging mountain climbs with scenic views. You can find touring maps covering different portions of the state through the NC Dept. of Transportation that will lead you through eight different routes.

One of the leading mountain bike destinations in Western North Carolina, you’ll find classic single-track trails with lots of big climbs and fast descents in Pisgah National Forest and just a few miles down the road in DuPont State Forest you’ll find  purpose-built trails that take you over a completely different landscape – sand, slickrock, even waterfall routes.

Endurance races are held here throughout the year. The Asault on the Carolinas offers 40K & 60K rides that will take you through the scenic river valleys of Transylvania County that can be enjoyed by riders of all skill levels, as well as a 100K ride that has beautiful scenery, fast descents, and a challenging 6mile climb up Caesar’s Head. The Pisgah Stage Race is a 5 day mountain biking race that includes some of the East’s most rugged trails and tallies 28,000 feet of climbing over 195 miles.

Brevard is  a very cycle-friendly community and with 50% of the county being National Forest and State parks, there are miles and miles of trails to enjoy.

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