The mountain towns of Cashiers, Cherokee, Dillsboro and Sylva in Jackson County are not a “one size fits all” destination. Each trip is truly customizable and allows for different itinerary plans to satisfy every traveler’s preferences for their mountain wellness retreat. Today’s travelers are aiming to live happier and healthier lives. By doing this, they aim to maintain good habits on vacation, but want to further enhance them with new experiences. From hiking, biking and kayaking, to a blossoming health-conscious culinary scene, to numerous spa options and meditation classes, Jackson County offers plenty of experiences for those looking to get their heart pumping, in addition to those who want to sit back and relax. Since these mountain towns are less crowded than neighboring cities, visitors will experience a stress-free getaway with more time and space to clear the mind. There will be no need for a vacation from a vacation once returning from the mountain towns of Jackson County, NC.
Travelers will truly feel accomplished after a day of hiking what are known as some of the best trails in Western NC. Considering the temperate mountain climate, natural beauty and diverse wildlife, it is easy to see why it is such a popular hiking destination. Whether looking to just clear the mind amongst nature, or physically challenge the body, hikers can choose from trails ranging in difficulty levels, terrain and length. Each hike offers a unique experience and is surrounded by awe-inspiring views of waterfalls, including one of the highest east of the Rockies, Whitewater Falls, endless rolling landscapes and even a view from the highest point on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Richland Balsam Overlook. Hikers can pick up a free hiking map at one of the local Visitor Centers, or download one online.
Take in the soothing effects of water and experience the majestic views of the more than 12 waterfalls, the expansive Lake Glenville, and the calming sounds of the rivers that traverse through the county. At Lake Glenville, visitors can choose the best fit for their water therapy and enjoy the refreshing mountain waters by swimming, kayaking or paddle boarding. Rent paddleboards or kayaks from one of the outfitters located near the lake. For those looking to get more of a physical workout on the water, the area’s three whitewater rivers provide rapids with difficulty levels ranging from Class I to Class IV. Many companies in the area rent rafts, canoes, kayaks and tubes.
No matter the food preferences of travelers, taste buds are in for a treat in Jackson County. Jackson County’s restaurants are known to choose from the freshest local ingredients and pride themselves on their farm-to-table practices. Most of the area’s restaurants offer an assortment of health-conscious dishes and also provide vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free menu options.
Lulu’s on Main, one of Sylva’s mainstays, offers a range of healthy and delicious menu items that will fit into any diet. From hand cut steaks, to fresh North Carolina seafood and vegetarian stir-fry, Lulu’s is known for their out-of-ordinary eclectic fare. Guadalupe Café is known as a farm-to-table tropical fusion eatery that offers plenty of lighter options, including fried tofu, Red Curry Shrimp, build-your-own tacos and blackened plantain bowls. Soul Infusion, whose mission is to “infuse souls with love,” does just that with their variety of more than 30 organic teas. They also offer a menu with a wide-range of delicious and fresh dishes.
Options for travelers to soothe and celebrate mental health are also plentiful in these Western North Carolina mountain towns. Not only does Jackson County offer mild temperatures, fresh mountain air and stunning vistas that will help to clear the busiest of minds, but there are also plenty of spa options and excellent settings for yoga or meditation to help travelers treat themselves to some self-care and relaxation.
Jackson County has numerous excellent spas for the perfect day of destressing in the mountains. Canyon Spa at Lonesome Valley offers a full array of natural body and facial treatments, therapies and products to promote wellness and total relaxation. The Hampton Health Club & Spa, part of the High Hampton Resort, is a world-class spa offering signature treatments, like a Warm Stone Massage, Clay Body Masque or Body Polish, among many other services. Fusions Spa, located in downtown Sylva, offers an extensive menu of offerings, including massages, facials, body treatments, fitness and wellness options. More spa options can be discovered here.
Whether it’s a cozy cabin with mountain air and views, a lakeside resort for relaxation, or a secluded B&B for a woods escape is the setting that your soul seeks, the accommodations available in Jackson County will have something to fit any need.
Surrounded by untouched natural beauty, hospitality and a stress-free mountain vibe, Jackson County offers travelers an off-the-radar travel experience that will help to refresh the mind, body and spirit.