Sylva, Balsam, Dillsboro, Cullowhee

Surrounded by Nantahala National Forest, these four towns offer beautiful views, charismatic culture and the best outdoor adventures.  Home to Western Carolina University, Cullowhee is growing commercially and socially; Dillsboro houses a bustling art scene, with a river park and the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad; and Sylva is a small town doing big things, with plenty of day and nighttime activities to choose from. | |

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16 miles from Cherokee

32 miles to Highlands

Here you'll find:

The shop inventory is a constantly changing variety of beautiful and fascinating items limited only by the imagination and skill of the 100 artisans who make Dogwood Crafters what it is - a showcase of mountain crafts. Dogwood Crafters is a non-profit craft cooperative with an interesting mix of artisans. Both traditional and contemporary works can be found within the shops log walls.
90 Webster Street Dillsboro, NC 28725 (828) 586-2248 Get Directions
Balsam Mountain Inn, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, is one of the South's grand old inns. Built at the turn of the century, this lovingly restored romantic inn features a casual elegance that's lured travelers to the North Carolina Mountains for decades. Visitors find 50 comfortable, spacious guestrooms and suites, each with its own unique decor. Peace and quiet is guaranteed as rooms come without phones or televisions. The inn's amenities include: Seven Springs restaurant, a 2,000-volume library, two meeting rooms, card/puzzle room, sitting parlor, hiking trails, gift shop and two 100-foot porches, perfect for rocking and relaxing.
68 Seven Springs Drive Balsam, NC 28707 (828) 456-9498 Get Directions
Wine, Beer, Cigars, Mixers, Lees is your first and best stop for wine and beer prices that beat the big box stores every day of the week. 300 selections of wine, extensive craft beer selection, mixers, cigars, Boar’s Head, and dry herb infused olive oils and balsamic vinegar selection. Located next to the ABC Liquor store in the East Sylva Shopping Center.
38 East Sylva Shopping Center Sylva, NC 28779 (828) 508-0484 Get Directions
Holly Cove RV Resort is located in a quiet cove only a half mile off 441/74, between Dillsboro and Cherokee. We are open from May 1st to November 1 for seasonal or long-term campers, and have a few year-round sites available. We offer 50 shaded oversized sites with 30 and 50 amp electric, sewer, water and satellite TV. Our sites can also accommodate your double slide-outs.
341 Holly Cove Road Whittier, NC 28789 (828) 631-0692
Moonshine Creek Campground offers cool,secluded camping on rushing mountain stream at an elevation of 3500 feet. RV sites, tents, and cabins all on creek just 5 minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Heated clean bathhouses, Campstore, Wi Fi, and full rentals. Located in the Smoky Mountains, close to Cherokee, Maggie Valley, Waynesville and near Asheville. Motorcycles welcome.
2486 Dark Ridge Road Sylva, NC 28779 (828) 586-6666 Get Directions
Are you planning a trip to Jackson County and the Great Smoky Mountains? We have everything you need to know about the area and the beautiful North Carolina Mountains. Jackson County covers 491 square miles that have plenty of wonderful mountain lodging options and great activities to help you escape your everyday life. Jackson County is the home of the Nation's first and only Fly Fishing Trail! Contact us for complimentary water-resistant Fly Fishing map, along with our comprehensive visitors guide with directions to 19 waterfalls and 10 hiking trails. We offer reasonably priced lodging, restaurants, and tons of adventure. Jackson County is Mother Nature's Largest Outdoor Theme Park!

Town of Dillsboro Dillsboro offers the best of the Blue Ridge and Great Smokies. A wonderful location for crafts, shopping, and a wide variety of resturants. Fish, paddle or just relax on the Tuckaseegee River.

For more information please visit our website at or read our blog, The Dillsboro Dish, at

42 Front Street Dillsboro, NC 28725 (828) 586-1439 Get Directions
The collection includes: Fine "picture art" going back to the late 1800's, modern art, folk art, rare advertising art, cat poster art, art glass cats made by the finest glass makers of the world, vintage and antique toy cats, many of which are automatons from the 1890's, vintage advertising, where cats are used to sell items, advertising clocks and storefront or window display items. There is not another private collection of this magnitude and value in America. Besides cat museums in Europe and Asia, there is only one other in America which is in Ohio. Come visit and enjoy our 30-year collection.
4704 US Hwy 441 South Sylva, NC 28779 (828) 293-7754 Get Directions
Evening menu of fresh mountain trout, steaks, pasta dishes and Sunday lunch. Periodic "Songwriters in the Round" events.
68 Seven Springs Drive Balsam, NC 28707 (828) 456-9498 Get Directions
Jackson County's gathering place foreveryone. Steaks, seafood, burgers,salads, kids menu, carryout andcatering. Open breakfast, lunch and dinner.
35 East Main St Sylva, NC 28779 (828) 586-6532 Get Directions
Crepes, paninis, soups/salads, pasta, coffee, espresso, beer, wine, organic, gluten-free, vegetarian, free Wi-Fi, outdoor dining.
3 E. Jackson Street Sylva, NC 28779 (828) 586-9499 Get Directions
Enjoy delicious Greek, Italian and Continental Cuisine at Kostas Family Restaurant. Located in historic Dillsboro, North Carolina (which is on the banks of the Tuckaseigee River), you'll also be dazzled by the spectacular Great Smoky Mountains.Stop by and take delight in the relaxing and casual dining atmosphere of our family restaurant. You'll enjoy your dining experience with us here at Kostas where pride, quality and excellent service is our primary goals to give you, our extended family a great dining experience.Your Hosts, Bill & Dean.Operating HoursMonday through Thursday: 11:00 am - 8:30 pm Friday and Saturday: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm Sunday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
489 Haywood Road Dillsboro, NC 28725 (828) 631-0777 Get Directions
American Fare with a world fusion on the “wrong” side of the tracks in Dillsboro. Lees features an extensive wine list, rotating craft beer selection, full bar. Burgers, Pizza, Sandwiches, Soups. Try a pulled pork and pimiento cheese sandwich, a pizza stuffed baked potato, house made soups, or charcuterie. Boar’s Head meats and cheeses.
42 Depot Street Dillsboro, NC 28725 (828) 339-1700 Get Directions
Lulu's Cafe is a delectable surprise for travelers visiting the Great Smoky Mountains and a home away from home for those who live there. Nestled in the heart of Main Street in Sylva, Lulu's offers a varied and imaginatively prepared menu.Eclectic ethnic dining - fresh seafood, pasta and vegetarian dishes, served lunch and dinner hours Monday thru Saturday. Lulu's maintains a reputation of folks going out of their way to stop and grab a bite to eat on vacation. A travel article featured in Southern Living declared "Lulu's is our favorite restaurant in the region." And a travel article featured in Fodor's covered it all by stating "If you need a break from the Smoky's traditional trout, ham, and gravy food groups, this American gourmet diner is considered by many locals as the region's finest restaurant."
612 W Main St Sylva, NC 28779 (828) 586-8989 Get Directions
Our dining theater features fabulous foods, free films, and a fantastic local draft beer selection. We specialize in pizza, tri-tip, wraps, steaks& plenty of vegetarian options. Love and local ingredients are in our food.
617 West Main Street Sylva, NC 28779 (828) 586-3555 Get Directions
Twenty four hours taxi service including airports. We also provide tours for you to visit waterfalls and other sites in the North Carolina Smoky Mountains.
Western North Carolina's #1 Choice for Hospitality, Destination, and Tourism Internet Marketing and Social Media Management. Specializing in social media, internet marketing, websites, reputation management (Trip Advisor, Yelp, etc), local and mobile search, email marketing, blogging, photography, video and training.
Welcome to the BEST WESTERN PLUS River Escape Inn and Suites, the ultimate family destination nestled in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains. Relax and get away from it all while experiencing breathtaking views of the beautiful Tuckasegee River, and watch as rafters make their way down the river from any of our riverside rooms. All guests can enjoy the river from our main riverside deck as well. Here at the River Escape, we are 100% non-smoking. All of our rooms come standard with microwaves, mini-fridges, HBO, in room coffee, hairdryers, iron and ironing board, and complimentary high speed internet access (WI-FI and hard-wired). We also offer several amenities that would appeal to any traveler. These include our indoor heated pool and spa, fitness center, business center with available printer and internet access, and a riverside BBQ grill area. Enjoy a selection of eggs, sausage, biscuits, gravy, waffles, muffins, cereal, fruits, juices, etc. with our included hot breakfast. Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Golf, and many vacation packages available.
248 WBI Drive Dillsboro, NC 28725 (828) 586-6060 Get Directions
Open year-round, swimming, TV's, telephones, credit cards. 71 rooms, $49-$129.
Visit the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Dillsboro - Western Carolina and rediscover the power of nature as you relax in the heated pool or spa and gaze out over the majestic Great Smoky Mountains. Situated in Sylva at Dillsboro exit, this hotel's location is a wonderland of awe-inspiring scenery and only nine miles from Western Carolina University and one mile from historic Dillsboro, NC.

The hotel's location is every outdoor enthusiast's dream. From the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, lodging at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel Dillsboro makes it easy to explore the most stunning natural treasures in the East. If you're more of an indoor person, you can browse the charming shops in historic Dillsboro.

Corporate guests find it easy to keep in touch with the office using free high-speed, wireless Internet access, and meeting deadlines is a breeze with the help of the 24-hour Business Center. The 400-sq-ft meeting room seats up to 25 guests, and it is an ideal venue for work-related events.

You can begin each day with the delicious and complimentary, hot breakfast bar, and after a day spent outside in the crisp mountain air, warm up in the heated, indoor pool and hot tub. If you're planning a trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, lodging at this hotel transforms an ordinary visit into an unforgettable vacation, so book now!
26 Rufus Robinson Road Dillsboro, NC 28779 (828) 631-1111 Get Directions
The Quality Inn® is an inexpensive hotel in Sylva with 4 star reviews that’s merely minutes away from the Harris Regional Hospital, Mountain Heritage Center and the Cherokee Indian Reservation. Also nearby is Western Carolina University and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and the Great Smoky Mountain Train. Free hot Breakfast and WiFi. Business center and banquet facilities available.
2807 Highway 74 East Sylva, NC 28779 (828) 586-3315 Get Directions
Great Family-oriented Whitewater Rafting Trip!!!!Rafting/Kayaking/Tubing/Canoeing
Your search for real estate in Sylva, Cullowhee, Bryson City, Franklin, Webster, near Western Carolina University, and throughout the western NC mountains starts here. With 2 offices and 12 agents, we have a collective experience in mountain real estate that surpasses all other agencies. Check out our website to see Four Reasons Why Western Carolina Properties is your key to the mountains!

Visit us at our Cullowhee Office! 721 Speedwell Rd
Cullowhee, NC
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Phone: 828-293-3708
Fax: 828-293-9589
335 Haywood Rd Dillsboro, NC 28725 (828) 586-3442 Get Directions
Located in the Great Smoky Mountains in picturesque Dillsboro. Our small town country feel carries over to our online presence. Customers can shop or browse our eclectic array of mountain gourmet and specialty items. Sample our dressings, jams, butters, barbeque sauces.Open: Friday & Saturday 10am - 4pm
Downtown Historic Sylva, selling new and used books, gifts, cards, journals, maps, games, and more
3 East Jackson Street Sylva, NC 28779 (828) 586-9499 Get Directions
Located in historic Dillsboro, NC, Nancy Tut’s Christmas Shop has welcomed guests since 1969. We are a travel destination for the many visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Our wide array of specialty themed Christmas ornaments keep people coming back year after year. So whether you are looking for anything from an astronaut to a zebra chances are we have it!
488 Haywood Road Dillsboro, NC 28725 (828) 586-5391 Get Directions
Rabbit Creek Pottery is a magical place. We decided when we opened that we would only make things we loved, so you never know what you may find! We are a working pottery studio, but we are also an intimate gallery with treasures crafted by our artist friends. We have a mixture of functional pottery alongside one-of-a-kind pieces. So, stop in and visit, browse and see what we are working on today!
27 Church Street Dillsboro, NC 28725 (828) 371-3808 Get Directions
Our dining theater features fabulous food, free films, and a fantastic local draft beer selection. We specialize in pizza, tri-tip, wraps, steaks& plenty of vegetarian options. Love and local ingredients are in our food.
617 West Main Street Sylva, NC 28779 (828) 586-3555 Get Directions
Our vacation rental homes and log cabin rentals feature a variety of amenities to make your visit to the Great Smoky Mountains in Western North Carolina very special. We offer over 70 homes in and around Dillsboro, Sylva, Cherokee, Franklin, and Bryson City, managed for private owners who have tastefully decorated and furnished to their individual styles. All kitchens are fully equipped and linens are provided.
Hwy 74 West Dillsboro, NC 28725 (828) 586-8058