Poised on the periphery of the Pisgah National Forest a stone's throw from the Blue Ridge Parkway (blueridgeparkway.org), literally half of tiny Brevard is made up of state or national forest. ... Families who want to get on the water can kayak, canoe, or raft on the French Broad River.
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Yes, these types of "top 10/best of" lists tend to scare locals by attracting more tourists, but let's not take any distinction for granted.