Jingle All the Way to Jackson County

Jackson country courthouse decorated for Christmas

Jingle All the Way to Jackson County

The holiday season is just getting started, and there’s no better place to celebrate than in the picturesque Western North Carolina mountain towns of Jackson County. While the region’s mountains certainly provide breathtaking scenic views, especially when coated in nature’s snowy blanket, there’s much more to enjoy here throughout the holiday season.

Top Tips for a Winter Getaway to the Mountains of Jackson County

waterfall surrounded by heavy snowfall in jackson county

Top Tips for a Winter Getaway to the Mountains of Jackson County

As temperatures continue to drop, Jackson County in the Western North Carolina mountains is heating up with plenty of things to do, see and experience during a winter mountain getaway. Outdoor enthusiasts will love the clear, brisk conditions in the mountain towns of Cashiers, Cherokee, Sylva and Dillsboro, where they can get outside to get their blood pumping as they explore the area’s many outdoor activities.

Six Places to Catch a Sunset in Jackson County

woman taking in the sunset on a hike in jackson county

Six Places to Catch a Sunset in Jackson County

With rolling mountain peaks, tumbling waterfalls and scenic valleys, Jackson County, N.C. is home to a wealth of gorgeous scenery. The panoramic views from the mountaintops are some of the most beautiful in the country – it’s hard to imagine anything more beautiful, but as the sun begins to lower and the sky fills with rich hues of orange, yellow, red and purple, adding a glow to everything in its path, the view becomes more breathtaking than ever.

Get Fired Up! WNC Pottery Festival Returns to Jackson County November 3, 2018

Get Fired Up! WNC Pottery Festival Returns to Jackson County November 3, 2018

Calling all pottery lovers! Mark your calendars for what has been named one of the Southeast’s “Top 20 Art Events.” With 44 master potters from 15 different states, this fall arts festival is not to be missed. The ever-popular WNC Pottery Festival will take place on November 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Front Street in Dillsboro. Now in its 14th year, this annual event continues to grow and attract thousands of visitors from around the county to the mountain towns of Jackson County, N.C. During this juried festival, participating artists will showcase some of the best handmade pottery in the country. Potters from Treehouse Pottery, Riverwood Pottery, Firemoss Pottery and Zan Barnes Pottery are among the local studios displaying their top-tier craftsmanship during the event. Insider tip: After visiting the festival, be sure to stop into their storefronts located throughout downtown Dillsboro to see even more of their artistic wares. Seven new potters have joined the festival, bringing new life to the event. During the festival, visitors can watch live clay throwing and firing demonstrations right in the middle of Front Street by participating potters. “The talent of the potters we’ve lined up this year is incredible,” said Joe Frank McKee, co-founder of the event and local potter at Treehouse Pottery. “Each year gets better and better, and we’re really excited to see attendees enjoy this year’s mixture of techniques and skills.” The 2018 WNC Pottery Festival’s featured artist is Judy Brater of Knoxville, Tenn. Brater creates […]

Best Fall Hikes in Jackson County

trail under trees with changing leaves in jackson county

Best Fall Hikes in Jackson County

Once the fall colors descend upon the peaks and valleys of the Western North Carolina mountain towns of Jackson County, there’s no better way to enjoy this kaleidoscope of color than hitting the area’s many scenic hiking trails. Whether trekking up a mountain or leisurely strolling along a short, family-friendly path that includes vistas, waterfalls, old bridges and more, there’s a trail available for every age and skill level.

Follow the Blue Ridge Parkway to Fall in Jackson County

driving the winding mountain roads in the fall in jackson county

Follow the Blue Ridge Parkway to Fall in Jackson County

(Photo courtesy James Leithart) When it comes to enjoying the beauty of fall’s vibrant colors, nothing beats a leisurely road trip through the mountains of Western North Carolina. The crisp, cool air, scenic views and peaceful serenity allow visitors to take in what many say is their favorite time of year. One of the best routes to explore the area’s brilliant autumnal hues is along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Jackson County. Created in 1936 with the final 7.7-mile stretch completed in 1987, the Blue Ridge Parkway was constructed to link the Shenandoah National Park to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Today, the road covers 469 miles, stretching from Virginia to North Carolina. More than 40 miles traverse our county, including the highest section of the entire Parkway. As a result, the area attracts leaf lookers each year who come to take in the rich colors of autumn in the mountains. 2018’s rainy summer will bring out warm hazel tones, siennas and golden yellows throughout Jackson County beginning in September. Dr. Beverly Collins, biology professor at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, is predicting peak color around the fourth week of October and expects color to extend through early November. Unlike portions of the Parkway farther north in the state, the section here is generally much less congested, making it more enjoyable to explore. Plus, because the Parkway speed limit is just 45 mph, with some areas seeing even lower limits, it’s easy to cruise along leisurely while taking in the […]

Celebrating Southern Appalachian Culture at Mountain Heritage Day

Celebrating Southern Appalachian Culture at Mountain Heritage Day

Autumn is nearly upon us, and that means fall festivals are on the horizon. One not-to-miss fall event is Mountain Heritage Day, which is held each year on the Western Carolina University campus. This annual festival celebrates the Southern Appalachian mountain culture that can be found throughout Jackson County and the rest of the surrounding Western North Carolina mountains. Mountain Heritage Day is a prime example of WCU’s community involvement, drawing more than 15,000 visitors to the area to experience continuous live entertainment, more than 130 food and craft vendors, an interactive children’s area, and nonstop family-friendly activities. Both admission and parking for the event are free, with free shuttle service provided.