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Brevard, N.C., officials have given the green light to plans for the city’s first campground site and short-term lodging development just a mountain bike jump away from the border of Pisgah National Forest, the Times-News reported.

The proposed Pilot Cove Campground, a 65-acre site off U.S. Highway 276, calls for 50 primitive campsites, 46 small “eco-cabin” units and a lodge with four hotel-size bedrooms and community kitchen area.

The city’s Board of Adjustment last week unanimously approved a special-use permit for the project, which is being hailed by local leaders as a potential economic driver geared toward the throngs of fat-tire cyclists for whom Transylvania County is a treasured destination.

“We’re very excited that they’ve chosen Brevard for this investment,” Planning Director Josh Freeman said. “It’s the kind of investment that’s consistent with the city’s ‘brand.’ We take pride in the fact that we’re an outdoor-oriented community with biking and hiking and all the other things that go with that, so this is going to be a nice addition to what’s already here in the community.”

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