8 Great Picnic Spots in the NC Mountains

Picnic at Waterrock Knob

8 Great Picnic Spots in the NC Mountains

Great food, great views, and warm weather go together so well! In the NC Mountains of Jackson County, many of our delicious non-chain restaurants offer numerous takeout options for you to enjoy while soaking up the best of the warm spring mountain air. In our towns of Cashiers, Cherokee, Dillsboro, and Sylva (about an hour west of Asheville), you’ll find the best picnic spots to break out the picnic basket and enjoy quality time with friends and family. Check out ‘8 Great Picnic Spots’ to enjoy in the NC Mountains. Waterrock Knob Long revered for its east and west-facing views, Waterrock Knob is among the favorite overlooks for visitors along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Located at Milepost 451.2, the overlook offers several picnic tables on the east and west side, plenty of room to spread out, restrooms conveniently on-site, and a gift shop. Grab takeout from some of our Sylva or Dillsboro eateries and head out on U.S. 74 east to Balsam Gap. Take the Parkway South (towards Cherokee) for roughly 10 miles and enjoy some of the best views in the region. If you need to stretch your legs, the Waterrock Knob Trail is a great way to burn off some extra calories! This perfect picnic spot has a short but steep 1.5-mile hiking trail to the iconic view that awaits at the top.   Sylva’s Pinnacle Park For a more extreme option, Pinnacle Park is a must. The famed West Fork Hiking Trail ascends nearly 3,000 feet over a seven-mile round-trip hike. Head out early and pack a picnic lunch to enjoy at the top, a great spot with […]

6 Top Reasons Couples Love Jackson County

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6 Top Reasons Couples Love Jackson County

The holidays are behind us and winter is in full swing, making it the perfect time to snuggle up and reconnect with your loved one during Jackson County’s Secret Season. With fewer crowds, you’ll be able to enjoy more alone time on the trails and vistas all to yourself as you unplug and reconnect. With Valentine’s Day on Friday this year, you can make the most out of a romantic weekend getaway to the mountains. Here are the top reasons couples love escaping to the Western North Carolina mountain towns of Cashiers, Cherokee, Dillsboro and Sylva.

Why You Should Visit Jackson County, NC During Secret Season

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Why You Should Visit Jackson County, NC During Secret Season

We all vacation in hopes to find a secret escape where we can experience our own little piece of paradise that is away from the large crowds. During the winter to early-spring months, the Western NC mountain towns of Jackson County, NC offer just that! Cashiers, Cherokee, Dillsboro and Sylva come alive during this ‘secret season’, offering visitors a wide array of hidden benefits to traveling during this less crowded and more affordable time of year.

Rejuvenate and Reconnect in Jackson County – When the Time is Right

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Rejuvenate and Reconnect in Jackson County – When the Time is Right

We’re ready to put this year behind us as we’ve all faced many challenges. There’s hope on the horizon that 2021 will be a better year, and there’s no better place to safely rejuvenate your spirits and reconnect with loved ones than in Western North Carolina. Here you can be as on or off the grid as you’d like, try new experiences, while safely creating new memories with the ones you love. We’ve been working hard for your arrival, enacting industry-leading safety protocols, including enhanced cleaning at our lodging facilities, contactless curbside dining, and much more to keep you and your loved ones safe. Make 2021 a year to remember in a good way and take a trip to a place that you’ll never forget.

Top 15 Free Attractions in the NC Mountains

Couple standing atop of Black Balsam Knob, enjoying a sunset view.

Top 15 Free Attractions in the NC Mountains

We are all looking forward to brighter days ahead, the feeling of reconnection, and the joy of travel. For many of us, our long-awaited trips may have been canceled or postponed due to COVID-19, forcing us to pivot and find new opportunities for exploration. When the time is right to travel safely and responsibly, the Jackson County towns of Cashiers, Cherokee, Dillsboro, and Sylva are your safe haven. Nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, our towns provide a safe and affordable way for you and your loved ones to disconnect from screens and reconnect with loved ones and nature. Steer clear of crowded tourist traps and enjoy a budget-friendly vacation. It’s true – the best things in life are free, so we’ve created a list of the Top 15 Free Attractions to enjoy on your next trip.