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Deerwoode Reserve | Family, posing, field, tall grass.

Looking forward to an exciting year!

As we close out 2021, we have much to be thankful for. What a whirlwind of a year 2021 was for us as both families moved from Lakeland, Florida, to call Brevard our new home.

This community has been so welcoming and supportive. In our first year, we updated and refreshed the cabins, and added more amenities on the property, to offer a unique, nature-loving, family-friendly vacation destination. Along the way, we’ve met so many gracious people, wishing us well on our new venture, from couples who have stayed here for many years, to families visiting the area for the first time. They have all been so wonderful!

As we ring in the new year 2022, we have much to look forward to. Our ideas never stop, our wish list keeps growing, and our to-do list is never-ending. It’s true! But we love the work we do, and we will keep on working hard because we have so many amazing future plans for Deerwoode Reserve! It’s truly a one-of-a-kind property, in the coolest little mountain town of Brevard, NC. We hope you’ll make plans to visit soon!

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!

Best Wishes,
Scott, Dionne & Samantha Hodgson
Tim, Jessica, Tyler & Will Hodgson

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Little Log Cabin has been transformed from the “caretaker house” to an updated log cabin. Originally built in 1972, for Bill Mayes’ parents to live in while they helped with the summer camp. It has also been home to other family and friends as a home to stay in while they worked on the property. This quaint log home was in need of some updating.

What was a two-bedroom cabin with all of the living space upstairs and unfinished basement downstairs, has now been transformed into a completely finished two-story, 3 bedroom, 2 ½ bathroom cabin. The basement has been renovated into 3 bedrooms including a master suite with private bathroom, along with two other bedrooms and a bathroom and a washer & dryer.  The upstairs is now a grand open space with a fully-equipped kitchen that features custom-built cabinets with granite tops, all new stainless appliances, and an island with bar seating.

There’s also a dining room with a beverage bar and a comfortable large living room with a leather sectional and an old wood-burning heater.

The best feature of this cabin is not inside, though: it’s the views outside! This cabin has a huge deck and covered porch with absolutely breathtaking views of the property, overlooking pasture, the lake & ponds with mountains in the background. There’s plenty of room for the whole family – the kids & fido – to join you on a unique family vacation in the mountains of Brevard, NC!

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The Land of Waterfalls

Did you know Transylvania County is known as “The Land of Waterfalls”? It’s true! There are 250 gorgeous waterfalls all within miles of each other and many are easily accessible. Our property is the perfect “homebase” to your waterfall exploring adventure. Check out this guide to find some areas of the most popular falls. Be sure to plan ahead for water, snacks and things you may encounter like bugs and wet weather. Also, familiarize yourself with the waterfall safety guide so you’re sure to have fun and be safe!

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BANFF Film Festival Tour, Brevard College

March 18-20, 2022

The BANFF Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour has launched! Come check out the film festival this spring from March 18 – 20!

Assault on the Carolinas

April 2, 2022

This gorgeous, challenging and, yes, fun race winds through some of Transylvania County’s most spectacular landscapes. 100k, 60K and 40K rides offer riders a variety of courses to pursue.

Pigsah State Race

April 11-16, 2022

Pisgah National Forest is well known for its rooty, rocky, often slick terrain (due to the heavy rainfall in a temperate rainforest) and boasts over 400 miles of singletrack and ‘half’ track MTB trails. This backcountry MTB stage race puts internationally ranked professional mountain bike racers alongside avid community riders at the start line and finds them swapping stories at the finish line.

White Squirrel Festival

Labor Day Weekend 2022

Mark your calendars now for the Annual White Squirrel Festival – Labor Day Weekend in downtown Brevard! More details to come. This is a big deal around here & the whole town shuts down just to celebrate its famous white squirrels.
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Deerwoode Property

History and Historical Landmarks

The Deerwoode Property dates to pre-Civil War times and it is unknown the date the original homestead was built. The first known landowner was Judge James Adger Forsythe Jr. who purchased the property in 1877. He was a county Judge from Charleston, SC who moved to Brevard, NC to recover from “consumption.”

Discovering the history of the property has been quite interesting, although a bit difficult due to limited records. It was developed into a summer camp in 1923 and even though there were a few changes in ownership, it was primarily used as a summer camp until 1991.

The property has been described as unique and the land that forgot time. It has remained a large tract of land that feels secluded but is situated just minutes from downtown Brevard. The entire 175-acre tract is under a Conservation Easement which it will always remain one parcel of land, that cannot be subdivided, and has restrictions on future development.

This property is also a Certified Wildlife Habitat. Our goal is to preserve the natural beauty of this land, provide education for future conservation efforts, and share this little mountain paradise with those families that stay here.

Interesting historical landmarks that we have become aware of include:

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The massive White Oak Tree located in front of Otter Cabin is over 300 years old. The tree is registered with the Historic White Oak Society.

Deerwoode Reserve | A tree next to a pond field.

The Old Post Road & Poplar Tree at the bend in the road by Little Log Cabin, marks the spot of the old post drop.In early Transylvania times, the mail would be delivered to this spot, as the road used to connect through the property and was part of the postal route.

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Guest Spotlight

Oscar Mayer Weiner & Planters Nut

Mobile Driver Reunion

We had the privilege of hosting a fun group of young adults recently.

Twenty of them gathered for a reunion of sorts. All of them had been mobile drivers for the Oscar Mayer Weiner and the Planters Nut cars. I’m not even sure how you get a job like that, to drive all over the country in those cute cars.

Anyways, they had a blast staying, playing and reminiscing in the Coyote Lodge for the weekend. What a fabulous group. Thank you for visiting us!

Photo credit: Kinder Studio Photography by Rhea
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Read more about the property and amenities at this link.

All cabins now available! Single cabin reservations can be booked up to 6 months in advance.