Escape the final throes of summer heat with the pure mountain waters of the Tuckasegee River coursing through the heart of Jackson County, North Carolina.
In the midst of the Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains, Western North Carolina’s Jackson County is teeming with trails. There’s enough here to appeal everyone, from seasoned peak baggers pursuing southern Appalachian ‘sixers’ (peaks over 6,000 feet) to burgeoning nature lovers that are just discovering the beauty of the outdoors. With so many options, why shouldn’t epic outdoor adventures include the whole family?
North Carolina has emerged as America’s mecca of microbrew. Every corner of the state, from the coast to the Great Smoky Mountains, is sprinkled with craft breweries, and Jackson County is no exception. The Western North Carolina county is home to the Jackson County Ale Trail, a walkable route linking two distinctly unique breweries in downtown Sylva.
Home to thousands of miles of rivers and streams that support trout, a great deal of the water in Jackson County is stocked by the state, but much of the habitat supports a sustaining population of wild trout. This means that the trout are stronger, pickier, and paint a genetic canvas through different patterns and distinctive marks.
A summer mountain getaway is the perfect time to connect with nature and recharge. Whether your ideal escape includes a refreshing hike to find scenic views or relaxing with a picturesque view from the front porch, winding down and catching a spectacular sunset with a drink in hand is at the top of many vacation bucket lists. With distinct breweries, sophisticated but casual restaurant spaces and more, below are some stops to add to your Jackson County visit when you’re ready to cool down with a cold beverage.
Cozied up to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and overlaid by the peaks of the Plott Balsam and Great Balsam Mountains, Jackson County is home to a considerable cache of outdoor adventures—perhaps more than any other corner of the state.
Peak baggers take note: Jackson County, North Carolina is home to some of the highest mountains in the Eastern United States. But the best part? There are trails and summits for everyone from the most novice of hikers and families with small children to endurance athletes looking to log some serious mileage on the trail. Find your panoramic perspective in Jackson County with our list of the top summit hikes in the region.
On its way from Clingman’s Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Jockey’s Ridge in the Outer Banks, North Carolina’s state trail runs along Jackson County’s northeast border.
Nothing says carpe diem like a total solar eclipse. It’s a marvel few ever witness, but the stars have aligned to bring this rare celestial show to Jackson County’s corner of the North Carolina mountains.
As temperatures start to rise, beat the heat and cool off in the picturesque mountain lakes of Jackson County, North Carolina. Home to Cashiers, Cherokee, Dillsboro and Sylva, Jackson County is 495 square miles of beautiful nature and outdoor fun. Around each corner, the lakes of the county delight with opportunities to view pristine scenery and take a dip into the crisp water to beat the summer temperatures.