Jackson County, NC: A Winter WANDERland

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.

Of course, nothing makes a winter wanderland more wonderful than real snow, and, given Jackson County has elevations reaching more than 6,000 feet, you’ll have an excellent chance to see snow-capped peaks. It might even provide the perfect opportunity to snap a photo for next year’s Christmas card!

Another benefit to a winter stay in Jackson County is how affordable it is. Most rooms this time of year are less than $100 a night. We also have cabins or rental homes if you’re bringing along all of your friends and family for the adventure. Additionally, two accommodations in the area are running specials to make your stay even more enticing. If you stay with Smoky Mountain Getaways from now through March 28, 2019, you’ll received 20 percent off regular season rates. The Laurelwood Inn is running a winter special from now through March 31, 2019 for $75 that includes a one-night stay in a cozy classic room and a $25 gift card to use at Whiteside Brewing Co.

Although a great winter escape includes relaxing by a warm fire (many of our accommodations have fireplaces!), it also remains a fabulous time to get outside and play. Warm up your body and get your blood pumping by wandering the many miles of hiking trails throughout Jackson County, which remains a haven for outdoor recreation even during the winter months.

While hiking, enjoy miles of panoramic views. Be sure to include a hike to one of the area’s many waterfalls, where you can enjoy some sparkling icicles that can’t be seen any other time of year. Plus, the cooler temperatures make for quite the refreshing hike.

Jackson County is a prime spot for fly-fishing – especially during the winter – and is recognized as the North Carolina Trout Capital®. Wander along such crystal-clear rivers and streams as the Tuckasegee and choose the spot to test your luck. Jackson County is home to the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail®, which maps out 15 prime spots to catch brown, rainbow and brook trout.


For a different experience, wander through our trails on two wheels and take advantage of having more room to roam, or hop on the tracks and explore aboard the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad as it travels through the mountains. The railroad offers several different excursions, but be sure to check the schedule for exact offerings as the train runs only on Saturdays during January and February.

In addition, Jackson County serves as the perfect base camp for wandering around the Western North Carolina Mountains. The county is central to the region and contains a variety of accommodations for you to call home while visiting. To book your weekend getaway, request a free Visitor’s Guide today.