Yearning for serene surroundings along with easy access to outdoor adventure? Rosman, N.C., has plenty of both. This tiny town just southwest of Brevard and 43 miles southwest of Asheville is popular for its proximity to hiking, biking, rafting and camping, all against a picturesque Blue Ridge backdrop.
Encompassing just half a square mile, Rosman (pop. 570) sits on the eastern boundary of Pisgah National Forest in Transylvania County. The French Broad River, which runs through the town, has its origin just west of Rosman where the North Fork French Broad and the West Fork French Broad converge. Many residential properties in Rosman offer close access to river activities, as well as hiking paths and biking trails.
Nature’s best adventures can be found in Rosman, N.C.
Just down the road from Rosman are some of the most scenic spots in Western N.C. In addition to Pisgah National Forest, nearby DuPont State Recreational Forest and Gorges State Park offer plenty of opportunity to pursue everything from road cycling and rock climbing to whitewater rafting, fishing and waterfall spotting. The forests around nearby Brevard sport 300 miles of epic single track for mountain biking thrills. The area also boasts renowned destinations like Sliding Rock and the Cradle of Forestry.
Another popular spot just 14 minutes from Rosman is Lake Toxaway. Situated between Brevard and Cashiers on U.S. Highway 64, Lake Toxaway is in the heart of the “Land of the Waterfalls,” replete with stunning cascades surrounded by miles of hiking trails. Among popular waterfalls in the area are Toxaway Falls, Upper Whitewater Falls, Rainbow Falls, and the many falls of Panthertown Valley.
A star player in Rosman
Among the area’s unique destinations is the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute. Located 6 miles north of Rosman, this 200-acre non-profit astronomical observatory specializes in STEM education and space camps, and provides support and access to NASA-grade equipment and data for students and researchers. Visitors can tour the facility, and view its NASA exhibit as well as its collection of meteorites, gems and minerals. One of only two Dark Sky Parks in the state, PARI offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy the night sky’s brilliant stars, flashes of meteors, and the Milky Way in all its expansive glory.
But Rosman isn’t only about exhilarating outdoor activities. For world-class music performances, it’s just 15 minutes to the Brevard Music Center’s Summer Festival, which features everything from bluegrass to classical to operatic productions.
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