THE ESTATOE TRAIL
The first phase of the Estatoe Trail, the City's 10-wide mostly paved greenway, 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 greenway system has grown considerably, and it now stretches from the Art Loeb Trail in Pisgah National Forest to Main Street in downtown Brevard, with several short segments and connections throughout town.
You can keep up with the status of future segments of the Estatoe Trail by visiting the Estatoe Trail Status Story Map. This map shows the future phases of the greenway system and details their design, funding, and construction status.
The City completed construction of trails and opened Bracken Preserve for public use in 2012 with an additional trail built in 2019. The approximately seven miles of natural surface trails within Bracken connect hikers and bikers to vistas, waterfalls, native plants, unique ecosystems, and wildlife. Moreover, the trails connect to U.S. Forest Service Road 475-C, which in turn connects to the Art Loeb Trail, Stony Knob Trail, and the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Pisgah National Forest.
Be a Trail Volunteer!
The Friends of the Brevard Area Trails, a program of Conserving Carolina in partnership with the City, is calling for volunteers! Help us break ground on new trails, maintain trails, clean up litter, and otherwise enhance Brevard area trails, greenways, and blueways.
Visit the Friends webpage to sign up today!
FRENCH BROAD RIVER PADDLE TRAIL
The French Broad River Paddle Trail is a recreational watercraft trail and is one of the 12 official North Carolina State Trails. Most of the river in Transylvania County offers gently flowing water with occasional Class I and Class II rapids.
The paddle trail, created and operated by MountainTrue and Riverlink, facilitates the public access to and camping on over 140 miles of French Broad River, from the headwaters in Rosman, North Carolina, to Douglas Lake in Tennessee. For the most up-to-date information about river conditions and facilities along the river, visit frenchbroadpaddle.com.