Parks & Picnic Areas

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The weather may be a little cool for shorts and T-shirts, but autumn is still a great time to go picnicking or to visit a playground in Transylvania County. Brevard has several picnicking areas. On East Main Street, the grounds of Silvermont have a covered picnic shelter and tables in other spots.

Picnic tables are also located in Brevard’s Franklin Park on Lakeview Avenue. The small South Broad Park is another perfect stop to either have a picnic on the grass or take a stroll. Hap Simpson Park on U.S. 276 also has tables and is a good destination to take a pet for a walk.

In Pisgah National Forest, beside U.S. 276 in the forest, there are picnic tables available on a first-come basis. Sycamore Flats is one of the most popular picnic areas in the forest. It has several picnic tables, some of which are situated in proximity to the Davidson River. Another popular spot in the forest is the Pink Beds area, which sits next to the Cradle of Forestry on U.S. 276. Pink Beds has several picnic tables and a big open green space perfect for spreading out a blanket. For more information about picnicking in the forest, call the visitor center at (828) 877-3265.

Gorges State Park, located off N.C. 281, and DuPont State Recreational Forest, which sits off Staton Road, offer picnic opportunities. For more information about picnicking in Gorges, call (828) 966-9099.

The DuPont picnic shelters may be rented. Call (828) 877-6527 for more information.

Along the Blue Ridge Parkway, picnicking is permitted on the grass, and there are tables situated along its route as well. Picnicking opportunities in Rosman include Champion Park. It has a picnic area, as well as a basketball court and baseball diamond. Brevard’s Franklin Park on Lakeview Avenue has a great playground for children. The Silvermont mansion’s grounds have a new playground in front of the tennis and basketball courts. Another popular play area in Brevard is the Edna Glaze Playground off Hillview Avenue, while the county’s Parks & Recreation Department, which sits behind Pisgah Forest Elementary School, also includes a playground.

For more information about all local activities, go to www.transylvaniaexplorer.com.

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