Pack a Picnic and Enjoy the Views in the N.C. Mountains

Pack a Picnic and Enjoy the Views in the N.C. Mountains

From hiking and biking to fishing and camping, there’s so much to do in and around the mountain towns of Jackson County during the summertime, it is hard to beat as the perfect summer getaway. Along with endless adventures, the area is home to an excellent al fresco dining scene with places for picnics, patios and more to enjoy a meal in the great outdoors and take in the area’s beautiful natural surroundings.

Cool Off in the N.C. Mountains

Cool Off in the N.C. Mountains

Visitors have been traveling to the Western North Carolina mountains during the summer months since the 1800s to enjoy the cooler temps and outdoor recreation that the area is known for!  With summer officially here and temperatures beginning to rise, find the perfect spot to cool off in one of Jackson County’s many waterfalls, lakes, rivers and more. A natural swimming choice If you’ve never experienced a dip in a natural swimming hole, head to Jackson County to experience two of nature’s most refreshing adventures. A favorite amongst visitors to the area, Silver Run Falls (pictured above) is known for its easy access, sandy beach and picture-perfect falls. It’s also accompanied by a large swimming hole where you can get right up to the falls. It’s a great place to cool off after a long day of hiking around the area or to spend a sunny day. Pack a picnic and enjoy the perfect summer day. Another popular swimming hole in Jackson County is located at Sliding Rock in Cashiers. Spend time wading and floating in the water or make the short climb up the rock to slide into the pool. While fun for all ages, do take care when visiting with small children. Down on the river Flowing through almost all of Jackson County, the Tuckasegee River remains a top destination for outdoor enthusiasts. With many access points throughout the county, it’s quite easy to reach the river for several activities. Given Jackson County’s reputation for quality fly fishing […]

Find Your Basecamp for Adventure in Western N.C.

Find Your Basecamp for Adventure in Western N.C.

Covering 494 square miles of the Western N.C. mountains, the towns of Cashiers, Cherokee, Dillsboro and Sylva are home to some of the best hiking, fishing, backpacking and other nature pursuits. The area is also ideally located to many of the Southeast’s top visitor attractions. Thanks to its central location in the middle of two of the most popular National Park Sites, Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway, Jackson County makes an ideal and affordable home base for all adventures in this beautiful part of the state.

Off the Beaten Path: Insider’s Guide to Jackson County

Off the Beaten Path: Insider’s Guide to Jackson County

Thanks to its location in the Western North Carolina mountains, Jackson County overflows with natural beauty and attractions. While the region is full of popular hikes, waterfalls and breathtaking scenic views, it also is home to some incredible off the beaten path experiences that many visitors are unaware exist.To help you uncover these hidden gems, here’s an insider’s guide to Jackson County, NC.

Celebrate Spring in Western N.C. at Greening Up the Mountains

festival with a lot of people in jackson county

Celebrate Spring in Western N.C. at Greening Up the Mountains

Spring has sprung in the Western North Carolina mountains, making it a fantastic time to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine. One of best ways of doing just that is by attending the popular Greening Up the Mountains festival in downtown Sylva. Now in its 22nd year, this highly-anticipated annual event celebrates the arrival of spring, making it the perfect time for a spring weekend getaway.

Plan Your N.C. Beer Month Getaway

beer flight with orange slice in jackson county

Plan Your N.C. Beer Month Getaway

With more than 260 craft breweries throughout North Carolina, it’s no wonder there is an entire month dedicated to celebrate the state’s beer culture. NC Beer Month, which will be celebrated in April, is now in its seventh year. With a growing craft beer scene of its own, Jackson County proudly welcomes visitors to come sample the smooth golden ales, hoppy IPAs and other tasty offerings at its trail of local breweries.

Guide to Best Spring Hikes in Western N.C.

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Guide to Best Spring Hikes in Western N.C.

Tucked away in the mountains of Western North Carolina, Jackson County overflows with breathtaking vistas, scenic valleys and beautiful waterfalls. The best way to immerse yourself and take in the area’s natural beauty is by taking a hike along one of the area’s many diverse trails. With temperatures on the rise and nature bursting forth into new life, spring is a wonderful time to come and explore the region.

Your Spring Mountain Getaway Awaits

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Your Spring Mountain Getaway Awaits

Now is the time of year when many of us are dreaming of warmer weather and getting outdoors. We’ve been cooped up all winter and are itching to step outside and enjoy some fresh air and sunshine. With Spring Break just around the corner, we invite you to break away from the crowded tourist traps and party towns, and head to the mountains to visit Jackson County, N.C. Our towns of Cashiers, Cherokee, Dillsboro and Sylva offer affordable adventures that everyone in your party will enjoy. Experience all the relaxation, outdoor adventure, and scenic beauty that our mountain towns have to offer, and wind down your evenings at our local breweries, bars and restaurants. We have all you need to plan the perfect getaway, grown-up style. Get Back to Nature The Western North Carolina mountains are home to miles upon miles of hiking trails perfect for any skill level. Whether you’re looking for a trail that weaves through lush forests, passes by scenic overlooks or ends with a stunning waterfall, you’ll find all of that and more on our trails. To cool off, grab a kayak or raft and hit the rivers traversing the county. Choose something gentle for a relaxing ride or go for a thrilling whitewater adventure. If fishing is more your style, head out on the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail®, which marks 15 spots for fishing. The local guides located throughout the area have you covered for group or solo fly fishing trips. Or, if […]

Calling all Adrenaline Junkies to Jackson County

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Calling all Adrenaline Junkies to Jackson County

With temperatures that will soon warm up as spring nears, there’s no better time to plan a getaway that will get your adrenaline and heart pumping while you “Play On” in Jackson County. Amidst the Western North Carolina mountains, Jackson County is filled with opportunities for heart-pumping adventure. Check out this year’s most extreme races and adventures and begin your training for these epic challenges today! Assault on Blackrock Taking place on March 23, from 8 to 11 a.m. starting at Pinnacle Park in Sylva, the eighth annual Assault on Blackrock features a seven-mile mountain extreme trail race through the spruce forests of the Plott Balsam Mountains. On a path composed of challenging gravel and dirt roads, you’ll run, walk and crawl along the route that includes 2,770 feet of elevation gain, ending with a final steep assent to the top. Registration is $25. Valley of the Lilies   Starting on the campus of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee on April 6 at 8 a.m., the Valley of the Lilies Half Marathon & 5K routes showcase the blossoming beauty of spring in the WNC mountains. The 13.1-mile half marathon includes a grueling elevation gain of approximately 1,080 feet, providing an additional challenge for participants. Registration for the half marathon begins at $40 Registration for the 5K begins at $20. Racers should plan to grab lunch after the race to refuel and stick around for that afternoon’s Sylva Brew Hop! In honor of NC Beer Month, City Lights Café, Balsam Falls […]