Summer is here, and the adventure you crave can be found in our towns of Cashiers, Cherokee, Dillsboro, and Sylva within the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Jackson County. From hiking some of the oldest mountains in the world to exploring our signature golf courses, there are authentic experiences for every lifestyle and budget here.
With endless mountain views, towering waterfalls, and the cool mountain air, everyone deserves the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoor activities that make Jackson County so unique. According to the CDC, in the southeast, nearly a quarter of people live with a disability. However, many activities in Jackson County are ideal for people and families with mixed mobility.
Temperatures in southeastern cities can begin to reach uncomfortable levels as spring transitions into summer. The North Carolina mountains of Jackson County have long been an oasis for travelers avoiding harsh heat. Our towns of Cashiers, Cherokee, Dillsboro, and Sylva are full of ways to cool off, from hidden swimming holes to cold craft beverages, cool hikes, and more.
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!
Spring has returned to the North Carolina mountains once again, bringing warmer and longer days and vibrant wildflower blooms. It’s time to Plan Your Spring Getaway in the North Carolina Mountains.
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.
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.
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!
In Jackson County, NC, spring is one of the best times to experience the crisp, clean, and cool mountain air. Due to the area’s varying elevations and location in the heart of a temperate rainforest, Jackson County is home to a wide variety of spring wildflower blooms. In the Great Smokies alone, there are over 1,500 species of flowering plants to enjoy!
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