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Note: This is part of a history series on popular tourism activities in Transylvania County. A corresponding display is on the second floor of the Transylvania County Library May – July 2024.

1929 tourism brochure for Brevard NC

People explore the world around them. The natural world has been a draw for the many visitors who flock to Transylvania County each year. Waterfalls, rivers, forests, and all of the plants and animals that reside here make this corner of the world unique.

The abundance of variety in our remarkable ecosystem is part of why this region has such a special place in the hearts of many. The forests of the southern Appalachian mountains are some of the most biodiverse in the world, boasting over 10,000 species of trees, animals, insects, and more. Many unique species cannot be found anywhere else. Glacial melt, overlapping bioregions, and greater-than-average rainfall all contribute to the one-of-a-kind character of the region.

1939 postcard Looking Glass Mountain

Naturalists are drawn to learning about the regional land. Biologists, botanists, foresters, and ornithologists find themselves seeking the life of these hills and hollers. The hellbender salamander, blue ghost fireflies, and white squirrels are rare to find anywhere, but it would be impossible to find all together in any other place.

Outdoor enthusiasts also enjoy mastering and living off the land by hiking, horseback riding, fishing and hunting. Visitors have sought the guidance of local experts for these kinds of excursions in order to have the best experience during their limited time in the area.

1941 Tourists at Looking Glass Falls

Transylvania County’s natural wonders provide the backdrop and the very reason for why so many visitors flock to our area through all seasons.

Photographs and information for this column are provided by the Rowell Bosse North Carolina Room, Transylvania County Library. This article was written by Local History Librarian Laura Sperry. Sources available upon request. For more information, comments, or suggestions, contact NC Room staff at [email protected] or 828-884-1820. 

1907 three hunters promo image by Henry Scadin

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