Top 10 Reasons to Visit Jackson County, North Carolina

Top 10 Reasons to Visit Jackson County, North Carolina

Glimmering lakes, water sports, artisan crafts, outdoor activities, and breathtaking mountain views await in  Jackson County, North Carolina. Nestled in Western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, this rugged paradise is home to eight distinct communities on the final stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Historic resorts, farm-to-table restaurants, and top-notch breweries are a just a few of the area’s attractions. Whether you prefer a hike or an evening at a full-service resort, Jackson County has something to offer every taste. Check out the Top 10 reasons to visit this fall.

Jackson County is home to the final stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway - more than 40 miles of uncrowded scenic beauty. Stop at the Richland Balsam Overlook--with an elevation of 6,053 feet, it is the highest point on the Parkway.











Blue Ridge Parkway Just three hours from Atlanta, escape to a different elevation in the Balsam Mountains of Jackson County, North Carolina. Make sure to stop at the Richland Balsam overlook; with an elevation of 6,053 feet, it is the highest point on the Blue Ridge Parkway.












Great Smoky Mountains National Park Whether you’re in the mood for a strenuous hike to the crest of a mountain, or prefer to sit quietly and watch the sun set, Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers a myriad of activities.

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort is a full service resort destination featuring 24-hour nonstop casino action, with over 4,000 slot machines and table games, including blackjack, roulette, and craps.










Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort It will feel like all play and no work at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, which features over 1,100 luxury hotel rooms, a 3000-seat entertainment venue, full service conference center, Mandara Spa, and a partnership with Sequoyah National Golf Club.












Lake Glenville Just a few miles north of Cashiers along NC Highway 107, with 26 miles of shoreline, Lake Glenville offers some of the highest vistas east of the Mississippi.

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Pottery Create or shop a whimsical mixture of functional stoneware pottery and porcelain, as well as one-of-a-kind raku hand built statues, handmade beads and jewelry, and more at Rabbit Creek Pottery or Riverwood Pottery. Treehouse Pottery offers a gallery and working studio.

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Rafting and water sports Put yourself, family, and friends to the test amid the rapids of one of the four whitewater rivers in the region. These will surely be the memories that you recall at the Thanksgiving dinner table. Swimming, sailing, water skiing, boating, tubing, kayaking and canoeing are also available in Jackson County.












Sapphire Valley Resort Let it go in a real life frozen fantasy at this family-oriented, four-seasons resort. Boasting winter fun at Ski Sapphire Valley, Frozen Falls Tube Park, and the new zip line park, “The Vordach,” Sapphire Valley Resort is sure to thrill families and provide lasting memories.

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Waterfalls This is not Photoshop. The Jackson County area is famous for its 19 cascading waterfalls that are even more stunning surrounded by the reds, yellows, oranges, and purples of autumn.

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Whiteside Mountain A landmark in the Nantahala National Forest, Whiteside Mountain’s cliffs look like draped sheets of ice, and this magnificent rock is about 400 million years old.

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Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail Dinner is served! The WNC Fly Fishing Trail, created in 2009, maps out 15 prime spots to catch brown, rainbow, and brook trout in the crystal-clear streams of the Great Smoky Mountains.

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