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Jackson County, NC is nestled among the Great Smoky Mountains, and offers a nice balance between peaceful forests and vibrant downtown areas. It is home to the final stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway with more than 40 miles of un-crowded scenic beauty. While Jackson County is a fantastic area to plan a getaway to the Great Smoky Mountains in NC, it also serves as a wonderful place to live for its residents. Some of the reasons to live in Jackson County are its educational opportunities, diverse health care facilities, commercial opportunities, great restaurants, local events and its quiet pleasures and action adventures.
The Sylva and Dillsboro areas in Northern Jackson County have numerous waterfalls including Mingo Falls, Sliding Rock, Moore Cove, Indian Creek Falls, Looking Glass Falls, Courthouse Falls, Tom’s Branch Falls and Juneywhank Falls.
Jackson County features some of the best trout waters anywhere and is home to the nation’s only fly fishing trail – the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail. Enjoy fishing the Tuckasegee River and many high mountain lakes and streams. The Cherokee Indian Reservation people are proud of their Oconaluftee River with 30 miles of clean, clear, well-stocked river running through the Qualla Boundary.
Bicycle through Cades Cove for a truly memorable way to experience the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, or Horseback Ride the park with hundreds of miles of horse trails. Or, you can take in the mountain scenery/wildlife on one of the area’s many Hiking Trails.
Golf courses can be found in Sylva, NC at the Balsam Mountain Preserve, along with a 4,400 acre private community. In Cherokee, NC you will find the Sequoyah National Golf Club. And, the Smoky Mountain Country Club is a golf facility that lies on acres of scenic mountain country in Whittier, North Carolina, which has beautiful year round townhomes, to vacation rental investment properties with amenities.
The Cherokee Indian Reservation in Jackson County blends natural beauty, rich Indian culture, and exciting family attractions. The reservation touts The Cherokee Indian Museum hosting the largest collection of artifacts of the Cherokee nation, the outdoor drama Unto These Hills, and a vivid reminder of what life was like provided by the Oconaluftee Indian Village. Harrah’s Cherokee Casino has high end restaurants, popular music stars, and many exciting gambling opportunities. Jackson County also has two movie theatres, the Cherokee Phoenix Theatre, and the Quin Theatre in Sylva, NC.
Education is key in Jackson County with Western North Carolina University located in Cullowhee, NC providing education to more than 9,000 students. WCU has become a major cultural, scientific and educational force in the region. Catamount athletic opportunities are abundant. The Hoey Auditorium hosts high end entertainment plays and concerts. Southwestern Community College is in Sylva, NC. SWCC is a comprehensive learning/teaching institution offering high quality instruction and support, advanced technology in a culturally rich environment.
If you want to settle in a wonderful mountain locale, then we have just what you are looking for here in Western North Carolina, including a pleasant climate and the scenic beauty of the mountains and lakes.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – Great Smokys Realty represents both buyers and sellers. We have been a leading real estate company in our area for many years. We have three locations to serve you in Bryson City, NC, Waynesville, NC and Brevard, NC. We are well equipped to handle transactions and communication via online methods. If you would like more information about any of our Jackson County listings, please do not hesitate to communicate those questions to one of our knowledgeable and friendly Sylva Real Estate Agents. Contact us today!