Sylva is a lovely small town in Jackson County (population of 2,500) situated amidst the Great Smoky Mountains. Downtown Sylva has many restaurants and shops along its tree-lined streets. Since the early twentieth-century, Main Street downtown area has been the social center of the county. It's home to the annual Greening Up the Mountain street festival and Concerts on the Creek summer weekly concerts.
The historic Jackson County Courthouse on Main Street was built in 1914. Considered to be the "most photographed courthouse" in North Carolina. the Courthouse can be reached by climbing 107 steps from Main Street - look back for a nice view of downtown and the mountains. To get plenty of ideas of things to do, stop at the Visitor Center (773 West Main St). And don't forget to explore the great local shops.
- Innovation Brewing (414 West Main Street): While creating plenty of traditional styles of ale and standbys, they are equally dedicated to evolving and crafting new and unique styles of beer. Stop by to sample an IPA or three. Open every day.
- Sneak E Squirrel Brewery and Taproom (1315 West Main Street) is open every day with freshly made ales and kitchen menu specializing in game meat.
Sylva was the filming location for the 2016 big screen movie Three Billboards Outside Ebbing (read more)!
Recreational opportunities are numerous and diverse here. The town owns a pristine tract of land, Pinnacle Park with a 7-mile round-trip trek to a 5,000-ft. peak with great views. Read more about The Pinnacle hike.
The Tuckasegee River is known for its whitewater and trout populations. And the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a 30-minute drive away. There is great hiking on the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway, including hikes at Devil's Courthouse, Graveyard Fields, Waterrock Knob and Black Balsam Knob.
Western Carolina University is seven miles down the road in Cullowhee. Nearby, see the petroglyphs at Judaculla Rock. Dillsboro is just a few miles west with a charming, small downtown area of shops and galleries, along with some great festivals.
Sylva Directions from Asheville: Take I-40 West to Exit 27 and follow US Highway 74 West past Waynesville to exit 83 for downtown Sylva. 50 miles, 1 hour drive.
Sylva is one of our top Christmas Towns in western NC!