One Tank Trips to the NC Mountains

With gas prices on everyone’s mind, we’re all looking to stretch our budgets without compromising our sense of adventure or need for a vacation. Located in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, Jackson County, North Carolina, offers a cool and quiet getaway within a short drive of the Southeast’s largest and hottest cities.

Before summer is over, plan your easily accessible, relaxing retreat to cooler temps.

Budget-Friendly Activities

The Western North Carolina Mountains are full of free and fun activities for everyone to enjoy.

  • The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the temperate world. Witness the thriving elk population from the comfort of your car, take a trek among the wildflowers, or visit several free attractions within the park.
  • Shopping in Downtown Sylva & Dillsboro – Explore our charming & walkable downtown corridors in both Sylva & Dillsboro. Find shops with locally crafted keepsakes, pottery, quilts, jewelry, and more.


Discover More on our Top 15 Free Attractions in the NC Mountains Blog


Regional Road Trips

From Greenville/Spartanburg

Google Maps Directions

  • Distance to Sylva: 99 Miles Via US 25-N to I 40 W
  • Time: 90 Minutes

Other Route Options: Take the scenic route to Cashiers via 107 N. This route passes some of South Carolina’s hidden gems, including Lake Keowee, Lake Jocassee, and lower Whitewater Falls. While this route requires more twists and turns, it does give drivers easy access to both Upper Whitewater Falls and Silver Run Falls, which are both great places to stop, stretch your legs, and take in the views.


From Atlanta

Google Maps Directions

  • Distance to Sylva: 150 Miles Via US-23 N
  • Time: 2 Hours 45 Minutes

Other Route Options: Exploring the scenic route to Cashiers is a great way to make the most out of this road trip. Once in Dillard, Georgia, take Highway 246 through the sister town of Highlands, NC. Along this route, make sure to stop off at regional favorite waterfalls, including Dry & Bridal Veil Falls, as they are must-sees while in the NC Mountains.


From Charlotte

Google Maps Directions

  • Distance to Sylva: 162 Miles Via US-74 W
  • Time: 2 Hours 50 Minutes


From Raleigh

Google Maps Directions

  • Distance to Sylva: 295 Miles Via I 40 W
  • Time: 4 Hours 30 Minutes


Fuel Your Sense of Adventure

It’s time to fuel up your sense of adventure. Jackson County has some of the best lodging rates in the region, from cabins to vacation rentals, boutique inns, to hotels. Save both time and money by booking a weekday trip with lower lodging rates and no waits at your favorite restaurants and attractions. Use our ‘Trip Planner’ to inspire your one-tank getaway today!

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