Where to Play, Shop & Unwind in Jackson County

Fly fishing in Jackson County
Fly fishing in Jackson County Sara Kendall

In part 2 of this series, Sara Kendall explores the activities and fun waiting to be discovered in Jackson County, NC. It’s less than a three hour drive from Charlotte and offers a quiet mountain oasis away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. To read her suggestions for family-friendly accommodations in Jackson County, see part one here.

In Western North Carolina, there are so many fun activities in Jackson County, you’ll find something for everyone in your family on this list. Read on to create your very own personalized family-must-see trip visit to the great county of Jackson.

Zip Through the Mountains in Sapphire

Zip Lining In Jackson County by Sara Kendall
Zip lining in Jackson County. Sara Kendall

For those who like the thrill from a high-flying adventure, signup for a 12-station canopy tour on Vordach Zip Line Course at Sapphire Valley Resort. The zip line is open to the public, so you don’t have to stay at the resort to experience this rush. You need to be 8 years old and up and participants will receive ground training and zip on two practice runs before going on the tour.

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Throw out a Fly Fishing Line in Sylva

Fly Fishing in Jackson County by Sara Kendall
Fly fishing in Jackson County Sara Kendall

North Carolina’s mountain streams are known for their outstanding trout fishing, and avid fishermen have found the waters of Jackson County to be among the best. If you find yourself unsure of how or where to fly fish, then book a guided fly-fishing trip with Play On Adventures. You will learn basic skills and where and when to catch trout. This is a great way for like-minded anglers to bond in a wonderfully picturesque setting.

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Hike on a WCU Trail in Cullowhee

Hiking in Jackson County by Sara Kendall
Hiking in Jackson County Sara Kendall

Stunning views, fresh air, the sights and sounds of nature are just a few perks of a hike along the new Western Carolina University Trail System. Hit one of the two trailheads to begin your outdoor adventure. Your family can take in some of nature’s own beauty while getting in a workout.

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Be Entertained at a Concert on the Creek in Sylva

Concerts on the Creek by Sara Kendall
Concertson the Creek Sara Kendall

Every Friday night thru Labor Day, the Town of Sylva offers free live music that ranges from bluegrass to beach to rock. Within easy walking distance from downtown Sylva, stop by to be entertained in a beautiful outdoor setting at Bridge Park. Don’t forget to bring a blanket or chair to enjoy this outdoor venue.

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Shop at Tree House Pottery in Dillsboro

Tree House Pottery by Sara Kendall
Tree House Pottery Sara Kendall

When you think of Western North Carolina, pottery instantly comes to mind. In the quaint town of Dillsboro, Travis Berning and Joe Frank are local potters who showcase their work at their shop, Tree House Pottery. According to Berning, their number one seller is mugs, then small plates, closely followed by kitchen accessories. One of their leaf utensil containers or olive oil dispensers would look lovely on any kitchen counter.

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Unwind at Canyon Spa in Cashiers

Canyon Spa in Jackson County by Sara Kendall
Canyon Spa Sara Kendall

What was once the Caretaker’s Cottage is now home to the calming and serene Canyon Spa. The moment you step inside the tranquil setting, you’ll feel your blood pressure start to drop. The most popular treatments are the anti-aging facial and stone massage. You’ll be cared for by their experienced staff who provides top-notch service to all of their guests.

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