Top Fall Hikes in the Smokies

Cashiers NC Liz Alonso

Top Fall Hikes in the Smokies

Do you feel the crisp fall air approaching? As the leaves change colors, the best time to hike is upon us. To help you take on the trail this fall, we’ve created a list of the best fall hikes in the Smokies. 2020 has been difficult for all of us and a fall getaway to the NC Mountains will help take your mind off it, and hit the reset button.

Stargazing in the NC Mountains

Starry night at Waterrock Knob

Stargazing in the NC Mountains

With breathtaking views of the constellations and sky above, stargazing in the North Carolina Mountains truly is out of this world! Due to its remote location about an hour west of Asheville, Jackson County has no pollution, meaning the fullness of a dark sky night is on display year-round.

Best Swimming Holes & More in the NC Mountains

Silver Run Falls located in Cashiers, NC

Best Swimming Holes & More in the NC Mountains

Our towns stay much cooler in the summer and are scenically nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. During the day, take advantage of our many natural swimming holes or lakes for a refreshing dip. In the evenings, temperatures can drop into the low 60’s, providing plenty of mosquito-free nights. In some of the highest elevations along the Blue Ridge Parkway, you can find blueberries along the hillsides and some of the best long-range mountain views in the country alongside these pleasant temperatures.

What’s New in the NC Mountains

What’s New in the NC Mountains

Summer is here and the days are long providing ample time to make new memories in the North Carolina Mountains. Located about an hour west of Asheville, our mountain towns of Cashiers, Cherokee, Dillsboro, and Sylva have welcomed several new experiences, businesses, and lodging options to enjoy on your next visit. From the revival of signature events like Greening Up the Mountains to the addition of a new Beer Treks brewery tour, you’ll have plenty of activities to choose from. Escape the heat and crowds of the city and head to the crisp, clean, and cool mountain air of western North Carolina.

Easy Hikes and More in Jackson County, NC

Family hiking at Waterrock Knob on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Easy Hikes and More in Jackson County, NC

Our towns of Cashiers, Cherokee, Dillsboro, and Sylva (about an hour west of downtown Asheville and the Biltmore Estate) have trails and activities for all skill levels – ranging from less strenuous to more adventurous. We’ve also got accessible trails and waterfalls for people with mixed mobility needs. Enjoy the mountains at your own pace as you reset and recharge in one of the most beautiful places in the country.