About Brevard's Trails
The first phase of the bike / hike path (a 10 foot-wide, mostly paved urban trail), was completed in 2003; it connected Blue Ridge Community College to the City Sports Complex and the Transylvania County Activity Center. Since that time, the bike / hike path system has grown considerably; a continuous segment now connects the Art Loeb Trail in Pisgah National Forest to Mclean Road, near Calvary Baptist Church. A segment connects Brevard Elementary and the Boy’s & Girls Club to Brevard High School along Gallimore Road, a short segment can be found within the Cadence Point subdivision off Forest Hills Drive, and the most recently completed segment connects Oskar Blues and the Cherry Street neighborhood to the original path near Transylvania Regional Hospital.
Altogether, the City of Brevard’s urban bike / hike path system is approximately 6 miles long, with much more planned for future construction. When completed, the bike / hike path system will extend from Pisgah National Forest to downtown Brevard and Brevard High School, thus tying our recreation areas, schools, neighborhoods, and shops together in a continuous network that promotes health and fitness and provides opportunities for recreation and non-motorized transportation.
The City completed construction of trails within the Bracken Preserve in 2012. The approximately six miles of natural surface trails within Bracken were designed for hiking and mountain biking, and connecting our citizens with nature. Three distinct trails connect Brevard Music Center and the City of Brevard to gorgeous vistas, waterfalls, native plants and wildlife. Moreover, the trails connect to US Forest Service Road 475-C, which in turn connects to the Art Loeb Trail and the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Pisgah National Forest.
Finally, the City of Brevard hosts approximately 22 miles of sidewalks (5 to 8 foot wide concrete walking surface). Sidewalks are extensive throughout the downtown area and in many surrounding neighborhoods. Incrementally, newer sidewalks are being constructed throughout Brevard as opportunities arise through new residential and commercial development. The City is currently developing a plan to fill in gaps and tie the various sidewalk networks together. Sidewalks provide an important alternative to driving, provide access to shops and businesses, and promote health and fitness.