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Dear Traveler:
Are you weary of winter weather? Sick of snow? Fed up with frost? Our white squirrels may enjoy the camouflage, but even they were super excited to spot a crocus on their way home from an ice climb. March may roar in like a lion, but spring is just around the corner. And Transylvania County is ready and willing.

No matter the forecast, these next few weeks offer plenty of activities for those looking to get outside and enjoy the sunshine or come in out of the rain. Come join us as we welcome the warmer weather and set your course for your next great adventure.

See you in the Spring!
The Adventurist
PS We so appreciate everyone who participated in our Visitor Survey. We’re getting close to our goal! If you didn’t take the survey, we would be so grateful for you to take a few minutes of your time to fill it out. By learning more about you, our valued guest, we hope to make your next experience in Transylvania County that much more special.

If you’ve participated in the survey, please forward to anyone you know who has visited Transylvania County. Thanks a million!

Off The Earth: An Organic Exhibit
TC Arts
349 S. Caldwell Street, Brevard
March 6-27, 9:30-4:30pm

Some of the most innovative and expressive artists around create exceptional new works using only organic materials, including fiber, clay, wood and metals. An opening night reception on Friday, March 6, from 5-7 allows interested patrons the chance to meet the artists and get a sneak peek at this exceptional show. 

Find your bit of earth here


Powerful Portraits: An Intimate Look at Humanity and Leadership
Ingram Auditorium
Brevard College
Thursday, March 12, 6:30-8pm

Gifted storyteller and world-renowned portrait photographer Platon has recently photographed Vladimir Putin for the cover of Time Magazine and Edward Snowden for an exclusive interview with Wired, among other things. He shares some of his most incredible experiences and images with newshounds of all stripes as this spring’s speaker in the  J. R. McDowell series at Brevard College. 

Focus here for more information. 


Banff Mountain Film Festival
Porter Center for the Performing Arts
Brevard College
March 13-15

Thrill seekers rejoice! The Banff Mountain Film Festival rolls into town for three action-packed days of exploration and adventure at edge of the world places that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Curiosity recommended. Crampons not required.  

The compass points here for more information


Beginner/Intermediate Wheel Throwing Class
TC Arts
349 S. Caldwell Street, Brevard
March 16-20, 6-9pm

Potter John Dodson of Mud Dabbers pottery knows his way around a wheel. And he’d like to show would-be ceramicists a thing or two about throwing things in this fun, four night workshop. 

Clay on to the next level, here

My Transylvania is a new regular feature, highlighting places and experiences that make the Land of Waterfalls so special. This month’s spotlight is on Rainbow Falls, located in Nantahala National Forest, but accessed through Gorges State Park.


What is it? A moderate-to-challenging hike to one of Transylvania County’s most beautiful waterfalls.

How long does it take? Give yourself 30-45 minutes each way. The trail is well-maintained, but it is steep in places.

What makes it special? Rainbow Falls is a beautiful 150-ft ribbon of whitewater that many enthusiasts consider to be the most striking in these parts. When the river is running heavy, sunlight catches the mist coming off the falls and creates the phenomenon for which the cascade is named. From the parking area at Grassy Ridge in Gorges State Park, the well-groomed trail descends to the stunning Horsepasture River. When you reach the river, turn right. The trail becomes steeper, but the effort is worth it. The trail skirts around Rainbow Falls, offering up a great view. If you’ve got energy to burn, continue up river to Turtle Back Falls and Drift Falls  to earn a waterfall trifecta!

Directions to trailhead: from downtown Brevard, take US-64 west toward Sapphire. Go 18.2 miles. Turn left on NC-281. The park entrance is .7 miles on left. From the entrance, proceed to the Grassy Ridge Parking lot.
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