With more than 250 waterfalls, three national and state forests, a state park, a top-notch training center for classical musicians, and so much more nearby, this mountain town is the conductor of Transylvania County’s symphony for the senses.
Deep in the remote Three Sisters Swamp of the Black River stands an ancient old-growth forest. For decades, a famed bald cypress, dated to 372 AD and known as Methuselah, was its patriarch — until two even older trees were discovered.
As reliably as redbuds and daffodils, hickory shad herald the coming spring. This time of year, they migrate up eastern North Carolina rivers by the thousands, anglers in pursuit, as the fresh waters of their birth beckon them home.