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  • Welcome to the Great Smoky 
    Mountains and Jackson County, North Carolina

  • Sylva named one of Amercia's cleanest cities by Expedia Sylva named one of Amercia's cleanest cities by Expedia

    The Town of Sylva has been featured as one of the cleanest cities in America in a recent article by the popular travel website Expedia.com.

    Thousands of user reviews from across the U.S. were analyzed to determine the highest cleanliness ratings. Sylva ranked No. 4 in the country.

    “These real life opinions in addition to your city’s environmental initiatives speaks volumes of your neighborhood and can influence a traveler’s decision when looking for new places to travel to,” said Kimberly Deese, a communications specialist representing expedia.com.

    Expedia.com explained the process for ranking the cleanest cities in America.

    “Based on thousands of verified user-generated reviews, we determined 10 destinations on both ends of the tidiness spectrum, with 5.0 being the highest rating and 1.0 being the lowest,” the published article stated. “Regardless of which category the city fell into, all destinations are actively pursuing environmentally friendly initiatives.”

    When describing Sylva as the fourth cleanest city in America, the article stated, “Sylva earned a 4.68 average rating. While the city promotes year-round green initiatives, it also hosts the annual Greening Up the Mountains Spring Festival, an Earth Day celebration focused on the community’s sustainable and environmental initiatives. This event includes environmental group presentations promoting tips for green living, in addition to concerts, crafts, and activities.”

    A link to the expedia.com article can be found here: https://viewfinder.expedia.com/features/ranking-the-cleanest-cities-in-the-u-s/.

    Of the special national recognition her town earned, Town of Sylva manager Paige Dowling said, “It is incredibly exciting that Sylva has been named one of the cleanest cities in the United States! Sylva is definitely one of the most beautiful places in the country and it says a lot for our community that we are keeping it clean.”

    For more information, call the Town of Sylva at 828-586-2719, the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce at 828-586-2155, or visit www.mountainlovers.com or visit the chamber’s Facebook page.

  • Seventh annual Concerts on the Creek return May 27

    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. 

    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.

    Visit our website at www.mountainlovers.com or our Facebook pages for the Chamber and the Concerts on the Creek for updates and more information.

    Concerts on the Creek is a proud Blue Ridge Music Trail partner. 

  • WCU earns top outdoor adventure school honor for third year in a row

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Western Carolina University has been named the premiere outdoor adventure college in the region, according to a Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine online readers’ poll.

    The monthly magazine for outdoor sports, health and adventure travel in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic announced the results in an online article Monday, May 16. It is the third straight year for WCU to gain the recognition.

    “It’s not surprising that WCU has taken the Top Adventure College Contest honors for the third year in a row,” said Travis Hall, author of the feature article. “Amidst a backdrop of Appalachian peaks, crystal clear trout streams and rivers, and seemingly endless singletrack, WCU has cultivated an outdoor culture that only gets richer with each passing school year.”

    On campus and off, numerous outdoor opportunities await students, faculty and staff. From a multi-use trail system behind the Health and Human Sciences Building on its West Campus to the neighboring Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Pisgah and Nantahala national forests, as well as scenic lakes and waterways like the nearby Tuckaseigee River, there is quick and easy access to some of the best landscapes in the Southern Appalachians.

    “WCU truly embraces its rural mountain environment and ability to access natural resources by emphasizing outdoor recreation as a part of our university culture,” said Shauna Sleight, director of Campus Recreation and Wellness. “The university has facilities, programs, services and academic programs focused in the outdoor environment. When an opportunity presents itself to vote for WCU as the best outdoor adventure school, our university community is proud to do so for the place we call home.”

    The university’s Base Camp Cullowhee, the outdoor programming unit at WCU, offers dozens of outdoor recreation trips to students annually, provides experiential education services and has an equipment rental service. Among the academic programs offered by WCU of interest to students pursuing careers in the outdoors are parks and recreation management, forest resources, hospitality and tourism and natural resource conservation and management.

    The contest began with 32 schools in the running for the title. Following a “March Madness” theme, WCU progressed to the magazine’s online finals and faced Emory and Henry College of Emory, Virginia. Voting for the top spot began at 1 p.m. Monday, April 18, and concluded 9 a.m. Monday, April 25.

    Photo courtesy of Ashley T. Evans/WCU and story courtesy of Geoff Cantrell/WCU

  • 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. Jackson county creek

    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. 

    Dillsboro LuminariesJourney 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.

     

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