Bring Your Family to Pilot Cove

Transylvania County offers the ideal destination for adventure and fun for the entire family!

Activities for Kids

Brevard and Pisgah Forest have activities for everyone! The area’s largest natural water slide, Sliding Rock, is a popular attraction for families and kids. Also the nearby the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education offers an engaging and educational experience. The area’s many festivals, including the White Squirrel Festival, Mountain Song Festival, Brevard Music Festival, Halloweenfest, and the Holiday Twilight Tour bring live music, food and craft vendors, and activities for kids. The Forest Discovery Center at the Cradle of Forestry connects children with the history of forestry in the United States. On a rainy day, visit the Brevard Rock Gym, O.P. Taylor’s Toy Store, or the Co-Ed Theater downtown.

By far, the wide range of outdoor activities is the most popular draw for Transylvania County visitors. Pisgah Forest is a natural playground for family members of all ages, and offers endless educational and recreational opportunities. Bring the family and create memories that will last a lifetime!

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Waterfalls

Transylvania County is often referred to as the Land of Waterfalls. Accessibility to the plentiful waterfalls range from park-and-view, to moderate or strenuous hikes. For an organized waterfall viewing experience, consider hiring a guide for a waterfall tour, where your day can be customized based on your desired activity level. It would truly take a lifetime to see all waterfalls in Transylvanis County – locals have tried! Come experience the majesty for yourself.

Tubing

Tubing on the French Broad River or the Davidson River offers a fun family activity during the warmer Summer months.  Many local outfitters offer tube rentals and shuttle services, and can advise on river conditions and weather advisories, making your family experience simple and enjoyable.

Horseback Riding

Pisgah National Forest and DuPont State Recreational Forest are great places to horseback ride and enjoy the mountains with your equine companion. Whether you are a beginner and just want to get outside for the day, or if you have your own horse and are an experienced rider, there are many trails from which to choose. Pisgah Stables and Mountain Horse Adventures are excellent resources for horseback riding questions and guide services. Please note we do not allow horses at Pilot Cove and do not have any stables.

LOCAL RESOURCES

Guided hiking tours, camping tours, beer and wine tours, fully-equipped van rentals, and more with customized itineraries to your needs. Also custom elopement ceremonies in the beautiful Western NC mountains!

https://www.nclineadventures.com/

Pure, natural, and uncensored artisanal honey from a property bordering Pisgah National Forest. Tours available!

Killer Bees Honey

The Brevard Clay gallery features a collection of functional, affordable ceramics as well as other local crafts. We offer a curated collection that honors quality craftsmanship as well as aesthetic quality. Brevard Clay also offers a paint your own pottery studio for a fun experience with the entire family!

https://www.brevardclay.com/

Fun for the entire family with an outdoor education center and recreation opportunities. Also offering weddings and corporate retreats. Located near Lake Toxaway.

http://www.earthshinediscovery.com/

cycling in fall in Pisgah National Forest

The Blue Ridge Parkway has long been recognized as the most scenic road in the United States. Managed by the National Park Service, the Blue Ridge Parkway runs for 469 miles from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. The Blue Ridge Parkway is easily accessible from Pilot Cove via a 15 mile scenic drive or bike ride along Highway 276.

Blue Ridge Parkway

Dubbed “The Coolest Store on Earth”, this established toy store offers something for children and customers of all ages. Located in Downtown Brevard.

www.optaylors.com

Indoor bowling alley near Downtown Brevard on Rosman Highway.

www.rockinbowl,com

Early-19th-century movie house featuring first-run films on a single screen. Located in Downtown Brevard.

www.coedcinema.com

Guided horseback rides throughout Transylvania County. Open seasonally April – October.

www.pisgahstables.com

Rock gym and guide service located near downtown Brevard.

www.brevardrockgym.com/

One of the most magnificent estates in America, if not the world. Located about 45 minutes away from Pilot Cove, near Asheville.

www.biltmore.com/

Nestled in Pink Beds Valley is the Cradle of Forestry in America, the birthplace of science-based forest management and a living legacy made possible by George and Edith Vanderbilt of the nearby Biltmore Estate. Some 87,000 aces of the Vanderbilt’s “Pisgah Forest” tract became the nucleus of the Pisgah National Forest, established in 1916. This 6500 acre historic site in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, NC was created by Congress in 1968 to “preserve, develop, and make available to this and future generations the birthplace of forestry and forestry education in America.”

Cradle of Forestry

Hosted by the Steep Canyon Rangers this festival is a must see.  Held annually in early September at the Brevard Music Center.

http://www.mountainsongfestival.com/

Crystal Mountain Gem Mine brings you and your family the unique experience of Gem Mining for your very own gem stones, keep everything you find! Located in Downtown Brevard.

www.crystalmarketminingcompany.com/

Float or fish the majestic French Broad River at your leisure! Located at the confluence of the West Fork and the North Fork of the French Broad River, this full service fly fishing shop also offers guided trips, tubing rentals and shuttle service, a taproom, and canoe/kayak rentals to complete your day on the water.

http://www.headwatersoutfitters.com/

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