With temperatures that will soon warm up as spring nears, there’s no better time to plan a getaway that will get your adrenaline and heart pumping while you “Play On” in Jackson County. Amidst the Western North Carolina mountains, Jackson County is filled with opportunities for heart-pumping adventure. Check out this year’s most extreme races and adventures and begin your training for these epic challenges today! Assault on Blackrock Taking place on March 23, from 8 to 11 a.m. starting at Pinnacle Park in Sylva, the eighth annual Assault on Blackrock features a seven-mile mountain extreme trail race through the spruce forests of the Plott Balsam Mountains. On a path composed of challenging gravel and dirt roads, you’ll run, walk and crawl along the route that includes 2,770 feet of elevation gain, ending with a final steep assent to the top. Registration is $25. Valley of the Lilies Starting on the campus of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee on April 6 at 8 a.m., the Valley of the Lilies Half Marathon & 5K routes showcase the blossoming beauty of spring in the WNC mountains. The 13.1-mile half marathon includes a grueling elevation gain of approximately 1,080 feet, providing an additional challenge for participants. Registration for the half marathon begins at $40 Registration for the 5K begins at $20. Racers should plan to grab lunch after the race to refuel and stick around for that afternoon’s Sylva Brew Hop! In honor of NC Beer Month, City Lights Café, Balsam […]
The winter blues may be in full effect now that we’re getting closer to the warmer months of spring. However, don’t discount February just yet. Jackson County, located in the mountains of Western North Carolina, is the perfect combination of small-town charm and outdoor adventure surrounded by majestic mountain vistas, filled with gorgeous waterfalls and overflowing with friendly ambience. The county is conveniently located just a short drive from Charlotte, Nashville and Atlanta.
Endless breathtaking mountain views, approximately 250 named rivers and creeks, and acres of unspoiled natural beauty, Jackson County in Western North Carolina welcomes visitors from near and far to come stay, play and relax without the hustle and bustle of everyday life. So what better place to explore the great outdoors and embrace the beauty of the season than by visiting this ideal winter destination? Jackson County is perfect for a getaway this time of year with its ample amount of outdoor activities that all you to reconnect with nature and enjoy the opportunity to explore.
The new year is underway, and you know what that means: New Year’s resolutions. While there may be one or two other things on the list, for most folks, New Year’s resolutions usually focus on these four: getting fit, eating healthier, scheduling more “me” time and spending more time with loved ones. And luckily, a getaway to the mountains towns of Jackson County in Western North Carolina is the perfect place to keep up with your resolutions! Given that people today are looking for a quick escape from their everyday lives, Jackson County answers the call. The county’s small-town ambience offers visitors anything they could possibly want: outdoor adventure, shopping, fishing, dining, breweries and much more. It’s easy to maintain good habits even while enjoying yourself on vacation in Jackson County because it isn’t a “one size fits all” destination. Instead, you can customize your visit based on your wants, needs and goals to create a getaway that aligns with your New Year’s resolutions. Thanks to the stress-free vibe of the mountains, you can kick off the new year with a healthy, fresh start. Get Active One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to exercise more. Unfortunately, most folks quickly become bored with the gym and the same fitness routine. Given the wide array of outdoor adventures available in Jackson County, you can participate in a new and exciting activity every day of your visit while keeping up with your resolutions. The miles of trails throughout the county’s […]
Covering 494 square miles of the Western North Carolina mountains, Jackson County encompasses some of the state’s most beautiful views, signature events, outstanding art and culture, friendly people, and so much more – a combination has led to an amazing 2018 for the area. Jackson County has been quite the happening hot spot in North Carolina, and here is a look back at some of the best moments from the last 12 months.
The holiday season is nearly upon us, which means it is almost time for twinkling lights, hot cocoa with marshmallows, family traditions and warm memories. Located in Western North Carolina in the quaint mountain town of Dillsboro, the 35th Annual Festival of Lights and Luminaries allows you to experience all of the above in a magical winter wonderland!
The return of the holiday season means reminiscing on years past, spending time with loved ones and sharing in traditions that are carried on through generations of families year-after-year. One such tradition that we enjoy being a part of in Jackson County is to choose and cut your own Christmas tree. Thanks to our county’s elevation, location, quality soil conditions and abundant rainfall, the county is perfectly situated for growing beautiful Christmas trees. In fact, genetics show our trees are the fastest-growing, most aesthetically pleasing trees in the region. As a result, Jackson County is home to many locally and family-owned Christmas tree farms offering a gorgeous selection of these holiday decoration centerpieces.
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 […]
Brook, Brown and Rainbow … oh my! The angler’s paradise of Jackson County, N.C., is home to all three of these trout species and the best trout waters in N.C. Located in the western N.C. mountains, Jackson County is also home to the country’s first and only fly fishing trail, making it a must-visit for any and all fishermen. Jackson County’s WNC Fly Fishing Trail® will take anglers through a variety of fly fishing experiences, from wade fishing to float fishing, from small streams to big water. Along the trail, guests will experience 15 prime fishing stops, more than 4,600 miles of streams and 1,100 miles of hatchery supported waters. The natural beauty of the area coupled with the well-stocked waters, make our county the ideal destination to cast a line. Julie Spiro, one of the creators of the trail said that it was “created to enhance what the area was already well-known for, but to not detract from the natural beauty.”
(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 […]