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Seventh annual Concerts on the Creek season underway
For the seventh season, the Town of Sylva, Jackson County Parks and Recreation and Jackson County Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to produce the Concerts on the Creek music series at the Bridge Park gazebo in downtown Sylva, N.C.
These events are held every Friday from Memorial Day through Labor Day from 7-9 p.m. The concerts are free and open to the public with donations encouraged. Please bring a chair or blanket. This year, we have wonderful food vendors on site as well for each concert.
Visit our website at www.mountainlovers.com or our Facebook pages for the Chamber and the Concerts on the Creek for updates.
Concerts on the Creek is a proud Blue Ridge Music Trail partner. For more about the Blue Ridge Music Trails, click HERE.
Call 828-586-2155 for more information.
Waterrock Knob Park first major "pearl" on Blue Ridge Parkway in 60 years
Photo by Kelly Donaldson/Jackson County Chamber of Commerce
On Tuesday, Aug. 23, The Conservation Fund and the National Park Service hosted an event to commemorate the National Park Service's centennial and to celebrate the protection of lands surrounding Jackson County's own Waterrock Knob, a major scenic destination located at 6,292 feet in elevation on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
An effort to conserve more than 5,000 acres in the Plott Balsam Mountains and much of the spectacular views from Waterrock Knob will be achieved through collaborative efforts led by the Conservation Fund, the National Park Service and significant donations by the Nature Conservancy, Conservation Trust for North Carolina and the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy. This was made possible in part by $16.9 million in funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, Fred and Alice Stanback, Brad and Shelli Stanback and other private supporters.
This creation of Waterrock Knob Park is the first major "pearl" along the Blue Ridge Parkway in 60 years, securing the largest stretch of undeveloped land adjacent to America's most visited unit of the National Park System. Now, 5,329 acres of rare Southern Appalachian spruce fir forests in both Jackson and Haywood Counties are preserved. The effort now protects headwaters of Campbell, Winchester and Scotts Creek (Jackson County), Pinnacle Park (Jackson County) as well as native trout streams, bear, elk, deer, north flying squirrels and other wildlife that thrive in the Plott Balsam Mountains.
Jackson County Commissioners, new Jackson County Manager Don Adams, Sylva's Mayor Lynda Sossamon, and other civic, government and community representatives from both Haywood and Jackson Counties were in attendance.
42nd annual Mountain Heritage Day is Sept. 24 at WCU
Photo courtesy of WCU/Mountain Heritage Day
The 42nd annual Mountain Heritage Day will be Saturday, Sept. 24th on the campus of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C.
Mountain Heritage Day is a combination old-fashioned mountain fair and showcase for Southern Appalachian music, arts, dance and song, with the atmosphere of a big family reunion. Visitors to will find three stages of traditional old-time, gospel, and bluegrass music and dance, with plenty of fiddles, banjos, and clogging. Festival-goers are invited to join in workshops at the Circle Tent and participate in shape-note singing, one of the mountains’ sacred traditions.
Admission and parking are free so bring your family and experience all that our rich heritage has to offer. For more information, visit the website at http://mountainheritageday.com/.
Located in the North Carolina Mountains and right in the midst of the Great Smoky Mountains, Jackson County is the ideal location for your next mountain getaway. Whatever it is you are looking for in your trip, we have it, from great accommodations, including cabin rentals, to wonderful activities, including rafting, hiking, fishing, golf, skiing, and camping.
Once you’ve found the right place to stay, whether it is a quaint Great Smoky Mountain cabin, or a friendly bed & breakfast, you will be ready to start you adventure in the North Carolina Mountains. If you enjoy fishing, the Tuckasegee River and many lakes and streams offer superb options, or you can take in the mountain scenery and wildlife on one of the area’s many hiking trails. Maybe you want to test your golf game and you can do just that on one of Jackson County’s many classic mountain golf courses.
Journey back to the days of yesteryear as Dillsboro presents its annual Festival of Lights and Luminaries. Experience the magic as the entire town is transformed into a winter wonderland of lights, candles, laughter and song! 2500 luminaries light your way to shops and studios. Horse and buggy rides available each night from 5-8 pm (cost + tips). Shopkeepers provide live music and serve holiday treats with hot cider and cocoa. Carolers sing and children visit with Santa at Town Hall.
When you plan your next mountain vacation to Jackson County and the Great Smoky Mountains, you will want to be sure that you select just the right accommodations for your visit. The options here in the North Carolina Mountains are certainly diverse and offer something for everyone and every budget. There’s so much just waiting for you to enjoy in North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains.