Biking Near Pilot Cove

Transylvania County is the premier cycling destination in the Southeastern United States. With some of the nation’s most sought-after mountain biking singletrack, gravel US Forest Service roads, and miles of paved country backroads road to cover, the mountains of Western North Carolina offer diverse terrain and riding opportunities for all experience levels.

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Mountain Biking

Pisgah National Forest offers riding opportunities that range from easy to difficult, depending on your skill level. Please note that most Pisgah National Forest trails are technical, and best for intermediate or advanced riders. Among the most popular bike trails near Pilot Cove are Thrift Cove Trail, Black Mountain Trail, North Slope Trail, Sycamore Cove Trail, Avery Creek Trail, Bennett Gap Trail, the Bracken Mountain trail system, and the gentle bike path along the Davidson River. Longer, epic options exist when you use these trails as connectors, giving you opportunities to explore deep into the National Forest.

Additionally, nearby DuPont State Recreational Forest offers nearly 100 miles of machine-built, mixed-use trail options – these trails are renowned for being fast and flowy! In general, DuPont State Recreational Forest and the Bracken Mountain Trail System offer better opportunities for beginners than trails in Pisgah National Forest.

Whether you are a beginner or expert, Transylvania County has a variety of options for your perfect mountain biking getaway.

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Road Biking

Whether you’re looking to ride through the rolling fields of the countryside or along the Blue Ridge Parkway for spectacular views, Transylvania County is a splendid place to road ride. Locals have an expansive list of their favorite rides, which include Highway 276, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Caesar’s Head, Hwy 178, Highway 215, or any of the plentiful backroads through the countryside. Pick one of these go-to’s from savvy locals or put together your own ride! Click here for more information about local road riding routes.

LOCAL BIKE SHOPS

Conveniently located adjacent to Pilot Cove at the entrance to Pisgah National Forest, The HUB is a full-service bike shop stocking everything you need for your mountain or road cycling needs. Brands include Santa Cruz, Transition, Evil, Ibis, Norco, and Chromag.  Backcountry Outdoors is an outdoor gear shop located within walking distance.  Also stop in for a pint at the Pisgah Tavern, stocking a variety of craft beer options to unwind after a day in the saddle.

http://www.thehubpisgah.com/

As Brevard’s original bike shop, Sycamore Cycles is a respected mainstay from both locals and tourists alike. Located walking distance from Pilot Cove, the shop is fully equipped to handle all of your cycling purchase, maintenance, or rental needs. Brands include Specialized, Yeti, and Trek. The shop is also home to Crank Coffee, a full coffee and pastry shop to start your day off right.

https://sycamorecycles.com/

Located close to Downtown Brevard, Squatch Bikes and Brews is a full-service shop offering everything you need for your cycling needs. Brands include Kona, Rocky Mountain, and Pivot Cycles. Stop by for a pint when you pick up your rental, service, or new bike!

 http://www.squatchbikes.com/

GUIDE SERVICES

Winter in Pisgah National Forest and Brevard NC

Is winter a good time to visit Brevard NC and Pisgah National Forest? Most visitors come to the Brevard area during the summer for warmer temperatures, outdoor recreation activities, swimming holes in the cool mountain water, and summer camps. Fall is also a very popular time to visit for one of the most spectacular fall leaf color changes in the world.

Often overlooked by visitors, the winter and spring seasons are certainly some of the best times to visit Brevard NC and Pisgah National Forest. One of the biggest advantages to an off-season vacation is the absence of crowds, offering a special experience for solace and connection to nature.

Winter in Pisgah National Forest and Brevard NC

10 Reasons an Off-Season Visit Makes for an Unforgettable Vacation

  1. Less crowded trails! Mountain bikers will rejoice at the splendid riding and solace they find without the crowds, and winter hikers are likely to find themselves surrounded by the sounds and sights of only the natural world.
  2. Fewer people on routes make for great rock climbing opportunities.
  3. You’ll enjoy peace and solitude at some of the most beautiful sunset spots in the Southeastern US. Winter sunrises and sunsets offer more vivid colors for your enjoyment due to the colder temperatures and lower sun angles in the sky.
  4. While in the Land of Waterfalls (there are more than 250 near Brevard NC!), you can try your hand at winter waterfall photography without having to account for other visitors potentially stepping into your picture! Learn more about top waterfalls for winter photography.
  5. Less of a crowd at downtown Brevard’s shops and restaurants will lend itself to an even more enchanting experience in this quaint small town with an eclectic mix of locals and mountain culture.
  6. Local attractions such as the Biltmore Estate have far less crowds, offering more intimate and rewarding experiences.
  7. Winter seasonal beers are available at local breweries, including stouts, porters, winter warmers, Christmas ales, and more! You can enjoy a peaceful afternoon out with your crew and some of the best craft beers in the country.
  8. Local rivers see far less action from competing fishermen during the off-season, allowing for anglers to enjoy private fishing holes. Learn more about fishing in the area.
  9. The Blue Ridge Parkway near Pilot Cove is closed to vehicles during the off season, allowing for hikers and cold-hardy cyclists to enjoy this national treasure with no vehicles.
  10. Try your hand at skiing! Skiing is available within 1.5 hours at Wolf Ridge in Mars Hill and Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie Valley. There is nothing quite like fresh powder for soothing the soul!

If you want to keep away from the crowds, enjoy incredible views without leaves on the trees and capture some of the most amazing pictures, the off-season months are ideal times to visit Brevard NC and Pisgah National Forest. Learn more about things to do during winter in Brevard NC and Pisgah National Forest.

Rock climbing and adventure in winter

Accommodations

Are you looking to book your winter getaway to Brevard NC and Pisgah National Forest? Whether you are looking for an adventure, some rest and relaxation, or both, Pilot Cove offers the perfect affordable luxury accommodations for your vacation. Pilot Cove shares a ~1 mile border with Pisgah National Forest, offering the closest accommodations you can possibly find to the forest entrance without camping. Position yourself in the ideal location with the nicest accommodations! Learn more and book at pilotcove.com.

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Winter Guide

Looking for the ultimate guide to winter adventures in Brevard and Pisgah National Forest? Check out our Winter Adventure Guide!

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Winter Getaway Special

Also, if you book a 3 or more night stay in any sized cabin during December 1st – 24th 2022 then you get 20% off your entire stay! If you book a 3 or more night stay in any sized cabin during January 2nd – March 1st 2023, then you get 33% off your entire stay! Our off-season rates are also reduced, so this passes on a great savings to you. (PLEASE NOTE: This offer excludes the nights of Dec 24th 2022 – Jan 1st 2023). Learn more about our winter getaway special.

Pilot Cove Winter Adventure Package

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So you’re visiting Brevard, North Carolina and now it’s raining! What to do?

If you love the outdoors and have been looking forward to hiking, biking, and exploring, you might feel stumped or even bummed if the forecast calls for rain, but we have some great ideas for you. 

These are the best places to go and things to do on a rainy day in Brevard, especially if you love outdoor recreation. 

Pisgah Ranger Station and Visitor Center

Pisgah Ranger Station National Forest Davidson River

The Pisgah Ranger Station and Visitor Center is an excellent choice for a rainy day in the Pisgah National Forest and Brevard area. Located minutes from Pilot Cove, the center offers trail and national forest information, a gift shop, and an interactive exhibit hall. The bathrooms are clean, and the rangers are friendly and helpful! The visitor center even sometimes offers special programs and events for the whole family.

Brevard Rock Gym

Brevard Rock Gym

Rock climbing aficionados will be glad to know there is an indoor climbing gym right here in Brevard! Brevard Rock Gym offers open gym hours several days a week, with one-day and punch passes available. Bouldering is always available during business hours, and top-roping staff belay services are available by appointment. 

D.D. Bullwinkel’s Outdoors

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D.D. Bullwinkel’s Outdoors, located in charming downtown Brevard, is a beautiful and welcoming outfitter store offering gear, clothing, and footwear for all your outdoor recreation needs. This is a great place to shop for any outdoor equipment or other items you will need for your next adventure in the wilderness. 

In fact, shopping throughout all of downtown Brevard would be a fine way to spend your afternoon. You’ll find clothing boutiques, charming wine and coffee shops, a toy store, art galleries, and much more.

The Hub and Pisgah Tavern

The Hub and Tavern

Right down the hill from Pilot Cove you’ll find The Hub and Pisgah Tavern, an excellent bike shop offering bike rentals and a selection of outdoor gear. The tavern part? If you’re thinking this is also a place you can grab a cold one, you’re right. On the menu are eight rotating beers on tap, a wide selection of cans, and more; plus, there’s a food truck on-site!  If the rain clears, you’re sure to enjoy the spacious and inviting patio.

Rockin’ Bowl

Rockin' Bowl Brevard

Rockin’ Bowl in Brevard is the place to go on a rainy day if billiards, bowling, a full bar and food menu, and arcade games sound fun to you. With late night hours and cosmic bowling on the weekends, there are lots of opportunities here for a fun time for the family.

Riveter

Riveter Mills River NC

Looking for a rainy day outing that meets your need for exercise and fun? Riveter could be the right choice for you. Located a short drive from Pilot Cove, this 16-acre mecca for outdoor recreation enthusiasts offers a bike park with covered and uncovered tracks for all skill levels, a large indoor climbing gym, yoga classes, a tap room and snack bar, and a small retail store. All ages are welcome here, and day passes and bike rentals are available. 

Cultivate Climbing

Cultivate Climbing

A mainstay in Asheville and formerly known by the name Climbax, Cultivate Climbing has been around for 29 years. This indoor climbing gym offers a great rainy day outing to pair with a visit to all that the beautiful mountain city of Asheville has to offer! With two locations, one in West Asheville and one downtown, Cultivate offers belay, auto belay, and bouldering for all ages and skill levels.

Biltmore Estate

Biltmore House Asheville NC

Although a rainy-day visit to Biltmore may not scratch your itch for the outdoors, this is an iconic Western North Carolina outing. During your visit, explore the Biltmore House, the largest privately-owned house in the United States. Once owned by one of the wealthiest and most prominent families in the United States, the Vanderbilts, the home is now preserved and furnished as it was from the late 19th to mid-20th century. During your visit, you can take a tour, browse through one of the lovely gift shops, enjoy a delicious meal, visit the winery, and much more. 

Downtown Asheville

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Downtown Asheville is an easy drive from Brevard, and it’s certainly a wonderful option for a rainy day. You’ll find dozens of shops, boutiques, restaurants, and more in this vibrant mountain city known for its art, music, and foodie scene. The downtown shopping vibe is independent and locally-owned, eclectic, and inviting.

Rainy Day Relaxation

Hammock at Pilot Cove

If your rainy day in Brevard is inspiring you to indulge in more relaxing activities, you might want to spend a quiet day in your Pilot Cove cabin. Sink into your perfect sleeper mattress, brew a cup of tea or cook a warm meal in your full kitchen, or hook up the provided hammock on the porch and watch the rain fall.

Waterfalls and Blue Ridge Parkway

Looking Glass Falls in Pisgah National Forest

But wait – wasn’t this list supposed to feature indoor activities for a rainy day? Well, surprise! A rainy day can actually be a lovely time to enjoy the waterfalls of Pisgah National Forest, DuPont State Forest, and the surrounding areas. If you’re into photography, you might be excited to learn that cloudy skies are actually much better for waterfall photography than sunny ones. For this activity, throw on your rain jacket and hit the trail!

Also, a rainy day cruise on the Blue Ridge Parkway is likely to be less crowded while still offering lovely scenic views. If you’re comfortable driving on a rainy day, you might want to give this activity a try! Just remember, rainy days can often create cloudy weather. Riding above the clouds can feel enchanting, but if you find yourself with low visibility and want out, we’d recommend exiting the parkway onto an intersecting highway or otherwise driving to a lower elevation.

Black Balsam Knob

It’s no surprise that a visit to Western North Carolina, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and Pisgah National Forest promises some of the most scenic vistas and landscapes of your life. But if you’re looking for the best sunset spots near Brevard, NC, where should you go? You can’t go wrong with any of the places on this list, which are also all easy drives from Pilot Cove.

1. Black Balsam Knob

Just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, Black Balsam Knob is an exceptional overlook on the Art Loeb Trail. After a short walk through a balsam grove, the trail’s landscape shifts to sunny, rocky terrain. Your climb to the ridgeline will lead you to mountain balds as far as the eye can see in a 360-degree panorama. Return the way you came after enjoying a spectacular sunset, and you’ll have completed your 1.4-mile hike to one of the most scenic spots in Western North Carolina.

Black Balsam Knob

Black Balsam Knob

2. Tennent Mountain

Extend your Black Balsam Knob adventure longer, perhaps timing your trip to land on beautiful Tennent Mountain right at sunset. Congratulations – your hike has just transformed into a magnificent double-summit, incredibly scenic trek over two mountain balds. You have several hike options here; our two suggestions for sunset would be to take this 3.7-mile out-and-back hike, or this 4.3-mile loop

3. Sam Knob

Just a stone’s throw from our last two hikes you’ll find Sam Knob, another worthy contender for an incredible sunset in Western North Carolina. The mountain’s high elevation summit comes after a relatively short hike that progresses from meadow to forest to rock. From the top, you can enjoy stunning views of neighboring peaks along the parkway and in Pisgah National Forest. Take in the colors of an end to a beautiful day in North Carolina, and then hike out along the same trail to finish your 2.5-mile hike.

4. Looking Glass Rock

Looking Glass Rock is one of those iconic places that you just have to experience for yourself. If you’ve seen its beautiful domed rock face while driving the Blue Ridge Parkway, you’ve already had a taste of its allure. Being on top of this mountaintop at sunset is even better! Prepare for a dense forest hike to open up to a massive rock outcrop at the summit. Looking Glass Rock’s 6.2-mile out-and-back hike is also a fantastic spot for sunrise.

Looking Glass Rock

Looking Glass Rock

5. Devil’s Courthouse

Devil’s Courthouse is a short 0.8-mile hike with incredible views, especially at sunset. Follow the paved trail from the parking area to the summit to enjoy sweeping vistas over the surrounding mountains. The area is rich with history and folklore, including the Cherokee legend spoken to early mountain settlers about the devil holding court in a cave within the mountain. 

6. Fryingpan Mountain Lookout Tower

A unique option on this list that might be a little more accessible if you don’t mind a walk but aren’t as into hiking, Frying Pan Tower is easily accessed from the Blue Ridge Parkway and provides incredible views of Cold Mountain and the Shining Rock Wilderness. A steady uphill walk along a gravel path through the forest will take you to a fire lookout tower that was decommissioned in the 1990s. The 70-foot tower and 1.5-mile out-and-back trail remain open to the public, and promise a lovely location to take in sunset views.

Fryingpan Mountain Lookout Tower

Fryingpan Mountain Lookout Tower

7. Cedar Rock Mountain

Another wonderful option for your evening is to over to DuPont State Forest for a beautiful sunset on Cedar Rock Mountain. While the summit rises only 200 feet above the surrounding plateau, this spot contains some of the most exposed granite anywhere in our region. Picture hundreds of acres alternating between bare and moss-covered stone. Expect wonderful mountain views and dramatic scenery. This 4.5-mile loop hike includes sections of three trails, so be sure to take directions with you and enjoy a spectacular outing.

8. Big Rock Trail

Another rocky, mossy (and did we mention gorgeous?) hike in DuPont State Forest is the Big Rock Trail. This one connects with Cedar Rock trail, although this option allows for a shorter hike, about 1.6 miles round trip. The rocky, moderately tough hike later winds through dry pine and oak forest, climaxing with some beautiful views of areas within the forest and looking toward Pisgah National Forest as well. 

9. Waterrock Knob

The Blue Ridge Parkway reaches some of its highest points in the Waterrock Knob area, including the Waterrock Knob Visitor Center, which is an excellent place to watch the sun sink behind the mountains. A steep, paved 1.2-mile round-trip walk will lead you to some of the most magnificent high elevation views in the area. You might want to bring your camping chairs, a cozy blanket, and a picnic for this one. The visitor center at the base of the path has restrooms open seasonally.

Waterrock Knob

Views from Waterrock Knob

10. Caesars Head State Park

Don’t let the South Carolina address fool you…Caesars Head is only a 30-minute drive from Pilot Cove! The most well-known overlook in the state park offers fabulous views of Table Rock Mountain. This is an easily accessible overlook with wheelchair access. Here you’re at the top of the Blue Ridge Escarpment, a unique geological feature of South Carolina where the elevation drops about 2,000 feet in just half a mile. This means you’ll witness dramatic mountain landscape descending into the upper foothills of South Carolina. This is a beautiful area for enjoying sunset right outside our back door.

Bonus! Blue Ridge Parkway Overlooks

Also known as “America’s Favorite Drive,” the overlooks along the Blue Ridge Parkway are some of the most jaw-dropping spots to enjoy sunset views. You can simply hop on the parkway and drive until an overlook catches your eye, or pop one of the spots below into your GPS. Park your car and let nature do the rest.

Blue Ridge Parkway Sunset

Blue Ridge Parkway

2021 Guide to Summer in Pisgah

It’s starting to feel like summertime in Pisgah! Beginning Memorial Day weekend, many families make their way to Brevard and Transylvania County for vacations, outdoor adventures, and summer camp excursions. It’s an ideal time for travelers of all ages to experience the majesty of the mountains, forests, roadways, and streams of Pisgah National Forest.

Popular Summertime activities include:

Mountain Biking – Pisgah National Forest was recently named a Top 10 mountain biking destination in the US by National Geographic! Nearby DuPont State Forest offers nearly a hundred miles of flowy singletrack trails. No matter your skill level, the Brevard area is a great destination for mountain bikers.

Road Cycling – The Blue Ridge Parkway, one of the most scenic roads in the country, is accessible throughout Transylvania County. Also there are hundreds of miles of state highways, paved mountain roads, and gravel USFS roads to choose from for your ideal distance and ride conditions.

Hiking & Backpacking – The options are endless for hiking throughout Pisgah National Forest. Here is more information on trails in the Davidson River area, which is directly adjacent to Pilot Cove. Whether you are an experienced backpacker looking to plan an extended trip, or a casual day hiker, Pisgah offers plentiful opportunities to see the sights afoot. Check out this comprehensive guide to all trails in Pisgah.

Summer Camps – Every year thousands of campers come to Transylvania and Henderson Counties. Parents can have their own vacation when picking up or dropping off their children, enjoying Brevard’s upscale dining opportunities and nightlife. Some even stay for a week or longer!

Waterfalls – Come experience the Land of Waterfalls! Here is more info on notable waterfalls in the area.

Sliding Rock – This natural 60 ft water slide on Looking Glass Creek is a popular attraction in Pisgah National Forest.

Fly Fishing – Transylvania County is home to some of the most pristine stretches of mountain water in the Southeast, offering an estimated 500 miles of fishable water within an hour drive of Brevard.

Tubing – Cool off in a refreshing mountain stream! Tubing is a fun activity for the entire family. Tubing options include the Davidson River and the French Broad River.

Kayaking / Canoeing – Grab your paddle and hit the water! The French Broad River and other area rivers offer great paddling and canoeing options.

Stand Up Paddleboarding – Quieter sections of the French Broad River, along with area lakes and larger swimming holes, offer unique opportunities for stand up paddleboarding.

Snorkeling – Snorkeling in Western North Carolina? Why not! Local guide Oxbow River Snorkeling gives the opportunity to experience pristine mountain rivers and streams from an underwater perspective.

Rock Climbing – Western North Carolina boasts the most rock climbing options East of the Mississippi. Some of the most notable crags are nearby Brevard, including John’s Rock, Cedar Rock, Laurel Knob, and the iconic Looking Glass Rock. There are plenty of bouldering options too!

Shopping, Dining, and Breweries – Brevard is a town abuzz with great food, diverse shopping, local breweries, and authentic mountain culture. Come experience the small town charm and Southern Hospitality!

Camping – A yearly camping trip to Pisgah National Forest is a highlight for many families.

Golf – Come hit the links! Beautiful mountain golf courses await your next visit.

Asheville – A short day trip from Brevard, the eclectic City of Asheville was recently named the #1 destination in the US by Lonely Planet!

Biltmore Estate – The Biltmore Estate is a special place. Guests can step back in time to experience the largest private residence in the US, surrounded by manicured gardens, pastures, and vineyards.

Wildlife Viewing – Summertime brings out abundant wildlife in Pisgah National Forest! The forest is a birdwatcher’s paradise.

Blue Ridge Parkway – The Blue Ridge Parkway has long been recognized as the most scenic road in the United States. Take a joyride to experience the sweeping mountain views from higher elevations!

Horseback Riding – DuPont State Forest and Pisgah National Forest both offer miles and miles of equestrian-friendly trails.

At Pilot Cove, we were booked solid for Memorial Day weekend with families and adventurers alike. We enjoyed hosting our great guests! The reservation calendar is steadily filling up for the coming months, explore here for more info on your perfect Summer vacation to Brevard and Pisgah National Forest.

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Majestic Looking Glass Rock mountain along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina

Spring Guide to Pisgah National Forest

Spring has sprung, as they say, in Pisgah National Forest! This is one of the best seasons to vacation in Brevard and Transylvania County, whether it’s for wildflower viewing, hiking, fly fishing, kayaking, festivals, or other outdoor adventures. Like all seasons in Pisgah, Spring promises in its distinct way to be a great time to visit the area. We hope this guide helps you plan your trip and excursions among these gorgeous mountains and forests.

Spring Guide to Pisgah National Forest

Trees & Wildflowers

Trees in Western North Carolina start to leaf out in April and May, and the wildflowers? Where do we begin? With more than 1,600 blooming plants in these mountains, we have one of the best climates in the world for wildflower blooming. March is the start of the Spring bloom season, with most of our notable, awe-inspiring, and spectacular shows of color happening between April and June. You can even expect to see things in bloom as late as October in our temperate climate! Here are some of the most commonly-known blooms you can find here in the Pisgah area month-by-month in Spring (some bloom for much longer than the typical starting month listed here):

  • March: daffodils, irises, buttercups, and yellow violets
  • April: dogwood, trillium, redwoods, tulip
  • May: crabapple, mountain laurel, flame azalea, violets, and magnolia
  • June: pink and white rhododendrons

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Spring Hikes & Outings

  • Cradle of Forestry in America opens again for the season in April. This heritage site is the birthplace of science-based forest management. Programs include interactive exhibits, drama, interpretive trails, nature programs, guided tours, crafts, and more
  • Pink Beds is actually named for its springtime array of brilliant pink blooms and is an excellent hike or trail run to do this season. This is a relatively flat loop hike across a mountain bog. It’s a pretty spectacular Spring outing and is located right next to the Cradle of Forestry. Directions can be found here. 
  • If you decide to venture up to Asheville, try the Biltmore Estate (here’s an excellent guide to the blooms you can expect to see there throughout the year) and the North Carolina Arboretum for their incredible gardens.
  • Take a ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway and enjoy the overlooks. Much of the Parkway closes during the Winter, but most sections reopen by May, and some earlier. The National Park Service updates this list of parkway openings and closures daily, so that before you head out for the day you can make sure you’re in for gorgeous overlooks and a relaxing drive instead of a “Road Closed” sign.
  • Enjoy some of the best sunsets in Western North Carolina. Mild Spring temperatures mean a more comfortable experience when the sun drops below the horizon! Here are a few spots for prime sunset viewing, and there are plenty close to Pilot Cove as well.

Spring Activities 

  • Fly fishing: Spring is an incredible time for fly fishing in the area, especially because scheduled stream stocking usually happens around March. Here’s our guide to fly fishing near Pilot Cove and Brevard.
  • Waterfalls: With Spring showers comes excellent water flow. This can create ideal days to view our many waterfalls in the area. Looking for waterfall hikes near Pilot Cove? Here are some ideas to get you started.
  • Kayaking: Due to high water levels, it’s also a great season for kayaking in our area! Check out our guide to water sports in Transylvania County.
  • Mountain biking and road cycling: You’ll experience great temperatures for biking on our mountain roads and trails during Spring! Check out our guide to biking near Pilot Cove.
  • Dine out, shop, and explore Brevard and the surrounding area: Here are some ideas to get you started. Plenty of our local restaurants are currently open (make sure to call ahead to confirm) or have takeout options. Or stay in and cook in your fully-equipped Pilot Cove cabin’s kitchen! Area stores include outfitters, art galleries, gift shops, and much more.
  • Hiking, rock climbing, and so much more is always in season in Pisgah. Explore our guides to your year-round options here.

Spring Events

While the COVID pandemic has altered or canceled some events around the country, we are optimistic that more of our fantastic events will come back soon. Some already plan to take place in 2021!

  • Arts in March is an annual event held in (you guessed it) March in historic downtown Brevard. The weekend event celebrates local arts and culture, showcasing studios and galleries, special menus at local restaurants, live music, and more.
  • White Squirrel Festival: This fun street festival held annually in May in downtown Brevard honors its namesake with free concerts, a Memorial Day parade, street festival, food and art vendors, and more.
  • Asheville Yoga Festival: Local and nationally-acclaimed instructors come together in July to offer more than 90 practices, including yoga, meditation, outdoor recreation, and more.
  • Mountain Biking and Cycling Events: Check out the 13th annual Pisgah Stage Race in April and a number of other race season events over at Pisgah Productions.
  • Explore the Brevard events calendar
  • Learn more about Brevard and all it has to offer

However you choose to spend your days when you’re visiting Pisgah in the Spring, we know you’ll have no shortage of options! We look forward to seeing you at Pilot Cove.

Guided mountain bike rides throughout the Pisgah National Forest and DuPont State Recreational Forest.

www.redwolftours.com/

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/

White Dot Adventures was created to help facilitate your next running adventure. Our guides hold intimate knowledge of Pisgah National Forest and want you to have a trail running experience you’ll never forget. The places we’ll take you are the same places you’ll find us on a regular basis, even when we’re not guiding.

We don’t care if you’re new to running or an experienced mountain runner looking for a new challenge, we cater to all. Western North Carolina is home to a massive amount of trail, and we simply want to show you why we live here.

www.whitedotadventures.com

A great opportunity for guided MTB adventures with top-tier athletes and coaches! Explore the beautiful trails of Pisgah National Forest, Dupont State Forest, and Paris Mountain State Park with experienced and certified CTS Mountain Bike Guides. No matter your ability level, we can craft unique half-day, full-day, and multi-day guided mountain bike tours for you. Book a trip with CTS to experience a thrilling ride and get a real taste for the stunning Brevard area MTB trails!

Carmichael Training Services – Guided Tours

Guided mountain bike trips from an accomplished cyclist, personal trainer, and endurance athlete – Steven McHone. Personalized experiences highlight great trails and provide cycling instruction and fitness consulting, with optional yoga and massage therapy. Have fun and learn how to treat your body well!

http://stevenmchone.com/

Guided rock climbing and instruction. At Pisgah Climbing School we strive to provide access and adventure to the public in the mountains through the highest quality climbing education.

https://www.pisgahclimbingschool.com/

Full service guide company offering climbing, canyoneering, mountain biking, hiking, backpacking,waterfall tours, adventure race instruction, and paddling trips. We also provide you with an opportunity to see the North Carolina mountains through any variety of these activities over one day or a series of days.

http://pvadventures.com

Guided mountain bike trips throughout Western NC.

www.pisgahmountainbikeadventures.com/

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

www.pisgahstables.com

The Bike Farm is here to show you the best mountain biking in western North Carolina. We provide half, full, and multi day guided rides custom tailored to an individual or groups abilities, desires, time, and budget. All trips are private, so you will never be put with another group.

For coaching, The Bike Farm team will create a customized program based on the individual or groups abilities, desires, time, and budget. Whether you are a beginner looking to learn the basics or a seasoned rider looking to break through to the next level our coaches can help you reach your goals.

www.thebikefarm.com

Oxbow River Snorkeling is the first company to focus on guided river snorkeling in the United States. Our mission is to provide a full scale river snorkeling adventure, while our customers create lasting memories of our ancient watershed. We have designed several tours along the upper French Broad River and its tributaries. You will see examples of different types of aquatic communities and each adventure is packed full of potential surprises around every bend! Come join us as we venture below the surface of some of the oldest rivers in the world and remember to bring your waterproof camera or GoPro! ​

http://www.oxbowriversnorkeling.com/

Check out one of the coolest outdoor experiences in Transylvania County and Western North Carolina with our totally mobile company. We bring the adventure to you! Stand Up Paddle boarding (SUP) offers a fun, relaxing way to play on the local rivers and lakes. Our guide brings a unique and fun experience to every outing making this an adventure that is just for you!

http://whitesquirrelpaddleboards.com/

Conveniently located walking distance from Pilot Cove, this full-service fly fishing shop and guide service offers the gear, expertise, and local knowledge to make the most of your fishing experience.

http://www.davidsonflyfishing.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/

The Pisgah Field School will introduce you to the unique recreational, natural and cultural wonders of Pisgah National Forest, DuPont State Forest and the surrounding landscapes of the Southern Appalachians. Let us guide you around the original backyard and classroom of the Biltmore Estate through hikes, tours, and science-based workshops, while discovering the local businesses and charm of beautiful downtown Brevard, NC. Our staff and expert guides share an enthusiasm for this incredible area and will help to strengthen your appreciation for the natural world and our mountain heritage.

http://cfaia.org/pisgah-field-school-brevard-nc/

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Jennifer Pharr Davis founded Blue Ridge Hiking Company to share her love and knowledge of the hiking and to expose people to the majestic beauty of the southern Appalachian mountains. Blue Ridge Hiking Company’s skilled guides hold a high degree of experience, regional knowledge, and professional expertise. We delight in working with beginners and revel in creating a challenge for more adventurous clients. Regardless of the hike’s duration and destination, our company values remain the same: “Respect for self, others, and the environment.”

http://blueridgehikingco.com/

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Pilot Cove + Trek Travel!

We are pleased to announce a partnership with Trek Travel for the 2018 season! Known for their fully-catered destination cycling experiences, we're excited to host the Trek Bicycles family and their guests to conclude their Asheville to Brevard…
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Brevard Named Top 20 Mountain Bike Town in USA by National Geographic!

Brevard was recently named a Top 20 Mountain Bike Town in USA by National Geographic! This is an excellent accolade for our small town, being named alongside other world-class biking destinations like Moab UT, Crested Butte CO, Sun Valley ID,…
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Ride Flowing Mountain Bike Trails Near Pilot Cove

Pilot Cove just completed a quarter-mile flow track with the first wooden berm in Transylvania County.  The flow track is open only to our guests at this time. Head to Dupont State Forest for flowing machine-made mountain bike trails.  Some…

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