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Authentic Appalachia

If you’re familiar with vacationing in Banner Elk, North Carolina, Jackson County, North Carolina is not far off. Easily accessible from Georgia, South Carolina and the southeast, Jackson County is as wild as you want to make it. This temperate rainforest springs to life in the summer, with more waterfalls, more cliffs, more trout waters, more canyons, and more than 70 miles of the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway to explore. Lose yourself in the vast recreational opportunities of the wilderness, or tone it down with a relaxing day on the golf course, art shopping, or wine tasting. It’s authentic Appalachia at its finest, and we’re proud to offer this new RTX exchange location to our members.

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Travel Smart Jackson County

Travel Smart Jackson County

Today’s smartphones have more information available than ever before, but which apps are critical to have so you can hit the ground running on your Jackson County adventure?

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Be Waterfall Safe

Be Waterfall Safe

According to the North Carolina State Parks organization, safety is critical when viewing the many waterfalls in and around Jackson County. They offer these safety tips when visiting. Remember, it’s your responsibility to be as safe and considerate as possible when enjoying these beautiful natural sights.

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Recipe | The Cut Gets Poetic

Recipe | The Cut Gets Poetic

The Cut cocktail lounge in downtown Sylva has deep roots as a former barber shop. Sylva is known for its historic buildings, and The Cut is no exception. Remnants such as the barber boxes used to store hair cutting supplies, shower stalls used by railroad workers, and the plumbed in “wet wall” remain in the 1920s building formerly occupied by Wimpy’s barber shop, which operated for many years.

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A View to an Ace

A View to an Ace

The mountainous terrain and temperate rainforest environment make for some one of a kind, challenging courses, perfect for vacation recreation. Here’s a list of top-rated courses in Jackson County to test your skill, designed by masters such as George W. Cobb, Jack Nicklaus, and Robert Trent Jones II.

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Lose Yourself in Panthertown Valley

Lose Yourself in Panthertown Valley

Panthertown Valley often comes up when you ask people from nearby Asheville what their favorite trail or area is to get lost in. The 6,300 acre Natural Heritage site, known as the “Yosemite of the East,” contains more than 30 miles of U.S. Forest Service-designated mixed-use trails, deep gorges, granite domes, sheer rock walls, prehistoric creeks, waterfalls, mountain bogs and broad valleys.

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Brews and Views

Brews and Views

North Carolina has more breweries and brewpubs than any other state in the southeast, and Jackson County has joined in the trend with the Ale Trail.

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Gorgeous Gorges

Gorgeous Gorges

A truly special place might be defined by the rare species contained within, the unusual weather patterns, or the interesting and beautiful topography. Gorges State Park contains all of these things and more.

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Parkway Pleasantries

Parkway Pleasantries

The 469-mile-long Blue Ridge Parkway is the first road in the world designed for leisure travel, and the ribbon of pavement that cozies up to Jackson County’s northwest border is a great example.

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A Killer Tour

A Killer Tour

The mood was that of a classy high-end wine tasting at the Killer Bees Honey farm, located at 3,500 feet of elevation at Sean and Denise Collinsworth’s immaculate home in Lake Toxaway, adjacent to half a million acres of Pisgah National Forest. They offer four-hour long farm tours during the summer, complete with a honey tasting and hands-on education regarding honey bees.

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Top 5 Waterfalls in Jackson County

Top 5 Waterfalls in Jackson County

Let’s explore the top 5 waterfalls in Jackson County.

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A Fair Way Into the Forest

A Fair Way Into the Forest

Truthful to its name, Fairway Forest is tucked away in a secluded pine and deciduous forest, with rolling hills and babbling brooks contributing to the challenge at the adjacent 18-hole Sapphire National Golf Club.

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