The 395-acre Bracken Preserve opened in July 2012 after more than a decade of planning by the city and the help of dozens of volunteers. The trail connects downtown Brevard to Pisgah National Forest, making it the only city in the Southeast with multiple entry points to a national forest.
Look west from downtown and most of the mountain range framing the buildings on Main Street are in Bracken Preserve, which borders Pisgah National Forest and connects to Forest Road 475-C to take you deeper into Pisgah via Cat Gap Loop, Chestnut Knob Trail at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and Fish Hatchery.
Or connect to Bushy Creek Trail and back to Bracken Trail for an invigorating, 2.8 mile roller coaster loop through the headwaters of both Brushy Creek and Bracken’s Creek, which form part of the headwaters of the French Broad River Basin.
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