Spa Day or Blue Ridge Parkway? DO BOTH.

Looking for a different type of escape this spring? Look no further than the mountain towns of Jackson County in North Carolina. 

Courtesy JCTDA / Steven Reinhold

Home to miles upon miles of hiking trails perfect for any skill level, you can enjoy hikes through lush forests spotted with wildflowers that pay off with stunning waterfalls or mountain top views as far as the eye can see. 

If fishing is more your thing, check out the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail®, which features 15 prime spots for fishing. Join a group trip or cast your line solo in hatchery-supported waters well stocked with a variety of fish each year. 

Clingmans Dome Sunrise / Photo: Kristi Parsons

Perfect your swing at one one of Jackson County’s signature courses. The challenging Bear Lake Golf Club by Nicklaus Design Group offers lofty elevations ranging from 3,400 to 3,700 feet and a breathtaking 80-mile panoramic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Of course, every worthwhile destination must have great food. After a day of exploring, your food options are almost endless, from popular North Carolina barbecue (Haywood Smokehouse in Dillsboro) to wood-fired pizzerias in Cashiers and Sylva (Slab Town and Pie Times), to chef-driven sit-down experiences (ILDA, The Library Kitchen & Bar, or Canyon Kitchen).

When you’re ready to rest and recharge, head to one of Jackson County’s many accommodations. Outland Great Smoky Mountains, a newer luxury retreat in Sylva tucked along a high mountain ridge is just minutes from downtown and is perfect for families, as well as romantic retreats.

Sounds like the ideal spring getaway, right? We think so. See you soon.