The small communities surrounding Brevard in Transylvania County are often secret gems for those with a hankering to explore slightly out-of-the-way spots. By contrast, Pisgah Forest is a gateway to Pisgah National Forest and just a few miles from downtown Brevard, and DuPont State Recreational Forest.
Chances are good that if you’ve been to Brevard, you’ve been to Pisgah Forest. The heart of the community is built around the intersection of Highways 64 and 276, a hair’s breadth from the stone archway that marks the entrance to Pisgah National Forest. A historic crossroads, Pisgah Forest is home to western North Carolina’s oldest standing frame home, the Allison-Deaver House
, a site where casual time-travelers can get a sense of what life in Transylvania County would have been like two centuries ago.
Due to its proximity to Pisgah National Forest, a number of outfitters and adventure-oriented businesses call Pisgah Forest home. Among them, Davidson River Outfitters
offers a wide variety of fly-fishing guide services, classes and gear for anglers of all types and skill levels. They’re located just steps from two of Transylvania County’s beloved local bicycle shops, The Hub
and Sycamore Cycles
, where cyclists can find everything they need to take advantage of roads and trails nearby. Pura Vida Adventures
, also located in Pisgah Forest, offers adventurers a wide variety of guided experiences ranging from rock-climbing, canyoneering and whitewater rafting to trail shuttles and brewery tours.
Proximity to the national forest makes the area an excellent place to grab a bite and recharge before or after a long day on the trail. The legendary Pisgah Fish Camp
, a friendly, casual family-owned seafood restaurant, has been serving homestyle favorites to Pisgah Forest natives and visitors for 50 years. Just up the block, Hawg Wild Barbecue
offers mouthwatering eastern and western North Carolina BBQ right at the banks of the Davidson River. Across the street, Dolly’s Dairy Bar and Gift Shop
offers the perfect reward for a long day on the trail with its wide variety of ice cream treats and flavors, including a large selection specifically named for local summer camps. The Velvet Cup Coffee Truck
serves up delicious fair trade coffee drinks and a dangerously delicious assortment of homemade, served hot, mini-doughnuts for those looking to get a jump on the morning. Burgers and snacks can be found at Daggie’s
. Later on, visitors may want to chill out with a delicious pint at Ecusta Brewing, The Hub's Pisgah Tavern
or at the Riverside Bar
, which offers $1 beers. Or perhaps grab some sushi and authentic Japanese cuisine at Sora.