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Sylva, Cullowhee, Dillsboro, Waynesville, Bryson City
Whatever it is you are looking for in your trip, you can find it in Sylva (located in Jackson County, NC), from great accommodations, hotels and cabin rentals, to wonderful activities, including rafting, hiking, fishing, golf, skiing, and camping. Sylva, NC is about a 50-minute drive through the Smokies west of Asheville. Sylva, a town of 2,800 is a pleasant blend of small-town mountain charm and college town life. Be sure to visit Main Street, as it’s presided over at one end by the beautiful Jackson County Courthouse, right in the middle of town – a courthouse the locals will tell you is the most photographed courthouse in the country. While it is no longer a courthouse (it is now theSylva Library), it is a gorgeous turn of the century building.
If you enjoy fishing, the Tuckasegee River and many lakes and streams in and around Sylva offer superb options, or you can take in the mountain scenery and wildlife on one of the ares’s many hiking trails. If you want to test your golf game and you can do just that on one of Jackson County’s many classic mountain golf courses. The Great Smoky Mountain National Park entrance in Cherokee is only minutes away.
Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC
Sylva is home to Southwestern Community College (North Carolina) and is the closest town of size to nearby Western Carolina University, one of the seventeen schools of the University of North Carolina System. SCC provides an education to more than 2600 students annually in credit courses and more than 5,500 students in a wide variety of courses, workshops and seminars. WCU provides an education to more than 9,000 students from 38 states and 32 countries.
Blue Ridge Parkway
Waynesville, NC – resides in Haywood County which is bordered by the Blue Ridge Parkway on the south and the Great Smokies to the north. Mountain vistas are plentiful with 14 peaks more than 6,000 feet in elevation , including Cold Mountain, which inspired the national bestseller and movie. Rushing streams provide sparkling clear water to the more than 546 square miles that makes Haywood County. Skiing in Maggie Valley or Cataloochee or hiking on one of the many beautiful mountian trails will keep you busy when you are not playing golf at one of the beautiful mountain golf courses available.
Start your morning with great coffee and breakfast buns at several coffee shops, or for lunch, check out specialized pizza buffets or home-made sandwiches and soups at lots of walkable cafes. After a day of sightseeing in the area, (only 30 minutes from the Biltmore Estates in Asheville!) you’ll enjoy relaxing at one of the many fine restaurants on Main Street or nearby.
Throughout the year, downtown Waynesville features lots of festivals, crafts shows, art shows and a great Book Mania in August. There are many outside recreational opportunities, including white water rafting, horseback riding, skiing and snowboarding in winter, hiking and biking year around. Downtown Waynesville is a shopper’s heaven….very upscale or something for everyone and lots in between!
Great Smokey Mountain Railroad
Bryson City, NC – is known as the basecamp to the Smokies. The town is famous for being the home of the Great Smoky Mountain Rail Road. Get on board at the Bryson City Train Depot for rides on the Polar Express – perfect for the kid in all of us. Bryson City also has wonderful shopping and outdoor experiences. Tubing, rafting and kayaking in the Nantahala Gorge, boating, sk and bass fishing in Fontana Lake a deep mountain lake, hiking and scenic drives, Bryson City has four rivers and crystal clear creeks. The Nantahala Gorge is scheduled to host the 2013 World Freestyle Kayaking Championships. Bryson City appeals to the best of the outdoor enthusiast!
Dillsboro, NC – Come to Dillsboro for easy livin’…come sit on our porch, rock a bit, shop a bit, eat a bit and enjoy life as it used to be! Dillsboro, NC is a very special place where some of the shops are more than 100 years old. Dillsboro sits on the banks of the Tuckasegee River and is like stepping back in time with five square blocks of century-old stores, restaurants, galleries and inns are a nostalgic reminder of small town America. Dillsboro also has a train depot that is sometimes visited by The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad on special occasions like the Polar Bear Express and Thomas the Train. 366 Haywood Road, Dillsboro, NC is the location of my office in Western Carolina Properties.