Beginner’s Guide to the North Carolina Mountains

spring sunset from waterrock knob

Beginner’s Guide to the North Carolina Mountains

Western North Carolina is one of the most scenic regions in the country, with some of the best views, waterfalls, and hiking trails. With all these outdoor activities, it’s essential to know how to safely enjoy trails, waterfalls, wildlife, and more. Our Beginner’s Guide to the North Carolina Mountains highlights the best ways to enjoy outdoor recreation, sunsets, waterfall safety tips, the best times to visit and avoid crowds, and even how to earn a free souvenir!

Sapphire Valley Ski Slopes Open

girls skiing the slopes of sapphire valley in jackson county

Sapphire Valley Ski Slopes Open

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Sapphire Valley offers the area’s finest skiing facility, boasting a state-of-the-art quad lift, a learning center slope and newly expanded, multiple lane, 500-foot snow tubing run. The actual open date is weather dependent but typically around the second to third week of December. Just above 3,400 feet elevation, Sapphire Valley offers a 1,600-foot main run with a vertical drop of 200 feet and a 500-foot snow tubing run. And now, Sapphire Valley Ski Area offers a moving carpet to quickly transport you back to the top of the slopes for multiple runs throughout each 1.75 hour session.

Best Ways to Enjoy Daylight Saving Time in the NC Mountains

Best Ways to Enjoy Daylight Saving Time in the NC Mountains

Spring has arrived in the North Carolina Mountains bringing wildflower blooms, warmer weather, and longer days. Daylight saving time has begun, giving us an ‘extra hour’ of daylight to spend. From soaking up a golden hour mountain sunset to taking on your favorite trail – the best way to spend your extra hour of sunlight is in the North Carolina mountains of Jackson County.

Cashiers Designer Showhouse

Cashiers Designer Showhouse

Taking place August 22 – 31, 2024, the Cashiers Designer Showhouse highlights renowned interior design talent from across the Southeast and is the Cashiers Historical Society’s largest annual fundraiser. More details to come – save the date!

Tree Lighting & Holiday Concert

courthouse decorated for christmas in jackson county

Tree Lighting & Holiday Concert

Kick-off the holidays with Christmas in Sylva, a Holiday weekend. Experience the joy of the town’s holiday centerpiece as it is brought to life with twinkling Christmas lights. The event takes place downtown a the foot of the Historic Courthouse at 6:30 p.m