Trails: Many first-time visitors to the area are surprised to learn that a significant portion of the region is officially designated park land. Both Pisgah National Forest and Dupont State Park offer developed trail systems, which is part of the reason international biking athletes have come to consider this place such a mountain biking hub. Hikers are also fond of the extensive park resources.
The town of Pisgah Forest offers a nice spot to take a break for those wanting to check out both the national forest and state park in the same day, due to the fact it is so conveniently located between access points to each. Hoping to combine a little bending of the elbow with your trail gear shopping? Head over to D.D. Bullwinkle’s in Brevard, where they have a tap room complete with maps so you can plan your route over a glass of suds before heading out onto the floor to pick out what you need.
For those interested in celebrating the county’s name with a little autumn holiday fun, you can certainly join the locals for their Flight of the Vampire road race, the annual Halloween Fest in downtown Brevard or take a bike ride on BATS, the Brevard Area Trail System that takes you past area breweries and pubs as you enjoy a little fresh air. For an additional taste of the ghostly and unexpected, keep an eye out for the area’s rare white squirrel population.
(Lifestyle and travel expert Myscha Theriault blends thrift and luxury to live well for less around the world. She has sold her home, all her furniture and most of her other belongings to travel the world full time with her husband. You can follow her adventures on Instagram via @MyschaTheriault.)