Brevard, North Carolina Real Estate: Brevard is the gateway to Pisgah National Forest and a popular summer resort. Pisgah National Forest covers nearly 500,000 acres in the Appalachians with the highest peak at Mount Mitchell with an elevation of 6,684 feet. Trails and roads crisscross the forest offering amazing views of the forest’s flora and fauna. The Cradle of Forestry in America National Historic Site is 14 miles north of Brevard. Two trails illustrate the history of forestry and showcase one of the first forestry schools. Looking Glass Rock and Looking Glass Falls are eight miles northwest of Brevard where the largest granite monolith in the southern Appalachians is located. Pisgah Forest Fish Hatchery is also eight miles from Brevard. Brook trout, rainbow trout and brown trout are raised here. Close by is Sliding Rock, a natural water slide that drops thrill-seekers into a seven foot deep swimming hole. On the Pisgah ledge, 20 miles from Brevard, is Wagon Road Gap. Wagon Road Gap is on the Blue Ridge Parkway and offers outstanding views.
Brevard is in the “Land of Waterfalls,” so named because there are more than 250 waterfalls in the area, including Whitewater Falls, the highest waterfall east of the Rockies. Brevard is in a temperate rain forest climate. Vegetation includes oak, poplar, balsam fir, spruce, laurel, rhododendron and azaleas. Fall colors are quite spectacular throughout Pisgah National Forest and the Appalachians and can be easily enjoyed by car or from one of the many hiking, biking and horse trails.
Brevard is the county seat for Transylvania (which means “across the woods”) County. The County Courthouse is on the National Register of Historic Places. Silvermont Mansion, built in 1917, is also on the National Register of Historic Places. The 33-room colonial style home was built in 1917 and was willed to the county in 1972 for community use. In addition to Pisgah National Forest, DuPont State Forest, Gorges State Park and Caesars Head State Park are in Transylvania County.