Experience Fourth of July revelry the way it’s meant to be with a summer escape to the mountains of Jackson County, North Carolina. Immerse yourself in the patriotic spirit and a slice of true Americana with a July Fourth vacation in the heart of the mountains. Filled with spectacular fireworks, live music and Southern camaraderie, our idyllic mountain towns of Sylva, Cashiers, Dillsboro and Cherokee are the perfect backdrop for an all-American summer holiday and the makings of a new family tradition.
For any number of outdoor adventures in Jackson County, the Blue Ridge Parkway is the perfect starting point. While offering awesome beauty through car windows, the scenic highway also provides hiking options both short and long. Whether you choose to mostly drive, pausing at overlooks, or stop for a longer walk, June on the Parkway is not to be missed.
Summertime is a magical time to visit the mountains and Jackson County, NC. is the perfect place to plan a summer mountain getaway! There are so many reasons that make this season such a great one for mountain lovers to visit our county, but we think the endless outdoor adventures, comfortable temperatures, live music, festivals and our incredible food and beverage options are a few that make our destination so special. Below, we’ve listed what we love about summer in Jackson County, and what makes this the ideal time to plan your next visit.
Molded from metal, chiseled in stone, forged by fire: discover the artistic trove of three outdoor sculpture gardens gracing the mountain landscape of Jackson County, North Carolina. From the homegrown sculptures of the Green Energy Park in Dillsboro to the elevated art experience on the Village Green in Cashiers, the outdoor collections evoke the spirit of the mountains. They run the gamut of moods and mediums, from whimsical copper to brawny steel to poignant marble.
Hiking in the mountains is always rewarding. Aside from the obvious benefit – exercise – walking offers an up-close immersion in nature that’s impossible from a vehicle, no matter how scenic the drive. While each season has its charm, there’s just something about getting outside in the spring. Need more encouragement? Here are my top 10 reasons for a late-April/early May hike.
You will find no shortage of natural beauty in Jackson County’s small mountain towns. Sweeping views of the mountains and nature surround and challenge you to delve a little deeper to uncover some of the most popular, and more well-hidden waterfalls. Visitors can discover more than two dozen waterfalls in the area ranging from cascading falls, to gentle flows, all which make for one-of-a-kind photo opportunities.
Almost as exhilarating to watch as it is to paddle the Class IV and V rapids, the High Falls whitewater dam releases in Jackson County North Carolina are a must-see outdoor experience.
The 20th annual Greening Up the Mountains festival will fill the streets of downtown Sylva, N.C., on Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The town’s largest festival of the year typically draws thousands of visitors to this free family-friendly event in the mountains of Western North Carolina.
Why not encourage family bonding in a new kind of way, with a mountain escape filled with easy-to-access waterfalls, fishing, outdoor concerts and locally-sourced dining, and a family-sized cabin to act as home base? From Cashiers to Sylva, Jackson County in Western North Carolina is a great place to spend a multigenerational family vacation.
North Carolina Beer Month kicks off in April with a month of beer-related events, and the breweries on the Jackson County Ale Trail in Western North Carolina are worth stopping by to taste the brews while taking in Jackson County’s scenic views.