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About BrevardThis popular summer resort is all about location, location, location: It's surrounded by the exuberant woodlands that make up Pisgah National Forest, Gorges State Park and DuPont State Forest. Appropriately nicknamed “Land of Waterfalls,” Transylvania County boasts more than 250 named plunges, including Connestee Falls, Courthouse Falls and Laughing Falls.

The mountain air is particularly invigorating when you're involved in an activity like hiking, biking, rock climbing or horseback riding. Less strenuous pursuits include fishing in clear streams and exploring downtown's rows of shops filled with antiques and handmade arts and crafts.

Evenings feature a variety of classical and other music performances at the 180-acre Brevard Music Center. Students ages 14-29 enroll at this institute to study with a distinguished artistic faculty in residence. Visitors can hear these gifted young people perform during a summer program that takes place from late June to early August; phone (828) 862-2100 for the main office, or (828) 862-2105 or (888) 384-8682 for the box office.

If you’re lucky, you’ll glimpse one of Brevard's most celebrated residents. White squirrels are said to have escaped during a carnival animal truck accident in Florida. They were later captured and given as gifts to a local resident, only to escape yet again—and begin procreating. In 1986 a Brevard City Council ordinance declared white squirrels to be a protected animal, and the town was officially designated as a safe haven for them. It’s little wonder, then, that the little critters are honored at the annual White Squirrel Festival, held on Memorial Day weekend.

Visitor Centers Brevard/Transylvania Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Information Center 175 E. Main St. Brevard, NC 28712. Phone:(828)883-3700 or (800)648-4523

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Hampton Inn by Hilton-Brevard

275 Forest Gate Dr. Brevard, NC 28768

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2228 Asheville Hwy. Brevard, NC 28712

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