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Dear Traveler:

You know what they say about April showers?

They make waterfalls look really impressive.  And with 250 in Transylvania County, that’s a lot of sights you’re going to want to pack in on your April visit to the forests. Also, the flowers are blooming, the trees are leafing and the temperatures are rising. The whole town of Brevard seems to be suffering from a case of Spring Fever. They’ve pruned the plants, planned events and prepared for the surplus of perfectly lovely warm and sunny days on the horizon.

 It’s time to shake off the winter gloom, lace up your adventure shoes and do something cool. Fortunately for you, Transylvania County has a little bit of everything in store, whether you’re headed into the wilderness or the concert hall. It’s time to spring into action (come what May).


Catch you out on the trail,

The Adventurist

Gently Down the Stream

Signs of Spring Guided Canoe Trip
Headwaters Outfitters
Saturdays, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29


This peaceful eight-mile canoe trip down the French Broad River will give you a firsthand glimpse at all the places where spring has sprung along the riverside.  No experience necessary. Prepare to enjoy the sights on this relaxing, low-key adventure and don’t forget to pack your sense of wonder.


Put in here for more details. 

Strings and Things
First Mondays: Erica Eckerd & Margaret McDonald
Porter Center for Performing Arts

Brevard College 
Monday, April 3, 

There’s no better way to welcome the season than an afternoon of lovely chamber music. Violests Erica Eckerd and Margaret McDonald take the stage at Brevard College’s Porter Center. This free concert features “Story Music,” including Jeffrey Nytch’s “Lyric Suite,” based on seven poems by Carl Sandburg. 


Find your key here.

Pitter Potter

Playin' In Clay: Grumpy Old Men @ TC Arts Council
TC Arts 
349 S Caldwell St, Brevard

Fridays, April 7-May 3
9:30am - 12:30pm

Keen to clay around, but have no idea what to sculpt first? This light-hearted, informative, six-week workshop, hosted by TC Arts, will introduce would be ceramicists to the basics of hand-building and wheel-throwing.
Find you place near the kiln here. 

Old Time Plowing and Folkways
Cradle of Forestry
Pisgah Forest
Saturday, April 8
For most of us in the modern era, the coming of spring means it’s time to pack away the parkas, start planning beach vacations and maybe check in on our favorite baseball teams. But for much of history spring was a vital season for plowing and planting that would allow communities to feed themselves for the rest of the year. Old-time homesteaders, David and Diana Burnette will bring their Percheron draft horses to plow the heritage garden. Living history volunteers will be on premises to demonstrate what spring would have been like for our mountain ancestors.
Point your pony this way for more info. 
Pedal Pushers

9th Annual Pisgah Stage Race  
April 10-15
All day

Celebrated mountain bikers and elite athletes will convene on Transylvania County for this storied, fully-supported multi-stage event through some of the most famous, challenging and jaw-dropping trails in the area. Each night ends with a Happy Hour and catered dinner. The race ends with a Closing Celebration Ceremony.


Get in gear here. 

A Walk In The Woods

Pisgah Hike
Pisgah Center For Wildlife Education

Thursday, April 20 

Young adventurers looking for a breath of fresh air could do worse than this guided hike through Pisgah National Forest. On this informative hike, wildlife educators will lead explorers aged 8-13 through diverse habitats and ecosystems in the forest. Reservations required.


Hit the trail here

Hit the Ground Running

Smoky Mountain Relay
Pink Beds Picnic Area
April 21-22

All day

This overnight, team relay event allows runners an opportunity to get a first-hand look at more than 212 miles of trails, forest service and rural country roads that constitute some of Transylvania County’s more beautiful “off-the-beaten track” areas. The overnight relay run starts at Pink Beds Picnic Area in Brevard, NC and ends at the Nantahala Outdoor Center in Bryson City, NC.


Lace up your running shoes here.

Starry Night

Sky Trek
Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute
April 7-8 & 21-22


What’s so amazing that keeps us stargazing? A whole universe of wonders that the smart folks at PARI will be more than happy to show you on this fun, informative stargazing session. Space lovers of all ages are warmly welcome (and astronauts under the age of 5 get in for free). 


Jump into hyperdrive here

Sound of A New World Being Born

New World Symphony
Brevard Philharmonic
Porter Center For The Performing Arts 
Brevard College
Sunday, April 30


Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, one of the planet’s most popular (and beautiful) symphonies, earned extra-planetary distinction when Neil Armstrong took a recording along on the first moon landing in 1969. The Brevard Philharmonic’s matinee performance (conducted by Ken Lam) of this celebrated piece will probably not require listeners to leave earth’s atmosphere, but it promises to be completely out of this world.


Take flight here.

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