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Cullowhee is a small town tucked into a picturesque valley in the Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina. It is home to Western Carolina University, and lies southwest of Asheville along the banks of the Tuskasegee River. Visitors are drawn to this town within the Nantahala National Forest to enjoy its four seasons of outstanding beauty and a vast array of outdoor recreational activities. The list is endless, including swimming, fishing, boating, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, backpacking, horseback riding and camping. A short thirty-minute ride takes you to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and the famous 250-room Biltmore Estate in Asheville is fifty minutes away. Each season in Cullowhee is special, with the wildflowers of spring, the warm colors of fall and crisp winter days on the slopes. The Mountain Heritage Center in Cullowhee celebrates the cultural heritage of the Southern Appalachian region through exhibitions, educational programs and demonstrations. Also be sure to visit Judaculla Rock while in Cullowhee. This is a soapstone boulder covered with Native American petroglyphs, which according to Cherokee mythology, were made by a giant named Tsul'kula when he leaped from atop his mountain home to Caney Fork Creek below.

Surrounding areas: Sylva, North Carolina (5.0 mi), Dillsboro, North Carolina (5.8 mi), Lake Glenville, North Carolina (8.2 mi), Whittier, North Carolina (13.3 mi), Cherokee, North Carolina (13.6 mi), Franklin, North Carolina (14.8 mi), Maggie Valley, North Carolina (15.0 mi)

Cullowhee Vacation Rentals

Cullowhee Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
University Inn563 N Country CLB DrCullowhee, NC (828) 293-5442
Comfort InnHwy 23/74Sylva, NC5.0 mi.(828) 586-3315
Best Western River Escape Inn And Suites248 Wbi DrDillsboro, NC5.8 mi.(828) 586-6060
Mountain Creek Cottages162 Dicks CRK RdDillsboro, NC5.8 mi.(704) 586-6042
Balsam Mountain InnBalsam MTN Inn RdBalsam, NC9.4 mi.(704) 456-9498
Days Inn1320 E Main StFranklin, NC13.4 mi.(828) 524-6491
Hampton Inn244 Cunningham RdFranklin, NC13.5 mi.(828) 369-0600
Comfort Suites35 Hwy 441 NorthCherokee, NC13.6 mi.(828) 497-3500
Days Inn Smokey Mountain Inn660 Painttown RdCherokee, NC13.6 mi.(828) 497-2300
Econo LodgeUs Hwy 19Cherokee, NC13.6 mi.(828) 497-4575
Fairfield Inn & Suite - Cherokee568 Painttown RdCherokee, NC13.6 mi.(828) 497-0400
Hampton Inn185 Tsalagi RdCherokee, NC13.6 mi.(828) 497-3115
Holiday Inn CherokeeHwy 19 WCherokee, NC13.6 mi.(828) 497-9181
Holiday Inn Expres Hotel & Suites376 Paint Town RdCherokee, NC13.6 mi.(828) 497-3113
Holiday InnHwy 19 SCherokee, NC13.6 mi.(828) 497-9181
Microtel Inn & Suites674 Casino TrlCherokee, NC13.6 mi.(828) 497-7800
Quality Inn-cherokeeUS 441 N BypCherokee, NC13.6 mi.(828) 497-4702
Ramada Limited196 Painttown RdCherokee, NC13.6 mi.(828) 497-4231
Sleep InnHwy 441 Pob 1956Cherokee, NC13.6 mi.(828) 497-4730
TravelodgeAcquoni RdCherokee, NC13.6 mi.(828) 497-2226
Baymont Inn-Cherokee/Smoky MTNS1455 Acquoni RdCherokee, NC14.6 mi.(828) 497-2102
Best Western Great Smokies Inn1636 Acquoni RdCherokee, NC14.6 mi.(828) 497-2020
Snow Hill Inn531 Snow HL RdFranklin, NC14.7 mi.(828) 369-2100
Ela Motor Court5280 Ela RdBryson City, NC14.8 mi.(828) 488-2284
Lloyd's On The River5370 Ela RdBryson City, NC14.8 mi.(828) 488-3767
Best Western Mountainbrook Inn1021 Soco Rd Hwy 19Maggie Valley, NC14.8 mi.(828) 926-3962
Maggie Valley Holiday Motel Inc851 Seco RdMaggie Valley, NC14.8 mi.(828) 926-1186
Cottage InnHwy 64 ECashiers, NC15.1 mi.(828) 743-3033
Valley Aire MotelHwy 107 NCashiers, NC15.1 mi.(828) 743-3998
Best Western Mountainbrook Inn3811 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC15.7 mi.(828) 926-3962
Comfort Inn848 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC15.7 mi.(828) 926-9106
Meadowlark Motel2878 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC15.7 mi.(828) 926-1717
Microtel Inn & Suites3777 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC15.7 mi.(888) 771-7171
Ramada LTD4048 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC15.7 mi.(828) 926-7800
Microtel Inn & Suites81 Allman DrFranklin, NC16.0 mi.(828) 349-9000
Best Western Smoky Mountain Inn130 Shiloh TrlWaynesville, NC16.1 mi.(828) 456-4402
Grandview Londge809 Valleyview Cir RdWaynesville, NC16.1 mi.(828) 456-5212
Quality Inn70 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC16.4 mi.(828) 926-0201
Econo Lodge1202 Russ AveWaynesville, NC16.8 mi.(828) 452-0353
Charleston Inn208 Arlington AveBryson City, NC17.1 mi.(828) 488-4644
Bed & Breakfast
Freeze House Bed And Breakfast71 Sylvan HeightsSylva, NC5.0 mi.(828) 586-8161

Cullowhee Weather & Climate

The Mountains of North Carolina range from 800 feet to over 6,600 feet and topography affects the local weather. Expect temperatures to be 10 to 20 degrees cooler on the mountaintops. Spring is unpredictable, particularly at the higher elevations. Snow may fall in March, but by May, things warm up with daytime highs in the 80s. Summer is warm and humid, but more pleasant at the higher elevations. Afternoon showers and thunderstorms are common in the summertime. Winter is generally moderate, but extreme conditions can occur in the mountains. It's not unusual to have warm temperatures in the valleys and snow in the higher areas. In the lowlands, snows of one inch or more occur just 1-5 times per year. More frequent and deeper snows fall at the higher elevations.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 47°F 24°F 4.92 in. -
February 52°F 27°F 4.69 in. -
March 60°F 33°F 5.43 in. -
April 68°F 41°F 3.91 in. -
May 75°F 50°F 4.86 in. -
June 81°F 58°F 4.34 in. -
July 84°F 62°F 4.27 in. -
August 82°F 61°F 3.91 in. -
September 77°F 55°F 3.57 in. -
October 69°F 43°F 3.20 in. -
November 59°F 34°F 4.28 in. -
December 50°F 27°F 4.33 in. -

Cullowhee Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Asheville Regional airport (AVL) located about 36 miles east of Cullowhee in Asheville, North Carolina, the Mc Ghee Tyson airport (TYS) located approximately 57 miles northwest of Cullowhee in Knoxville, Tennessee, the Donaldson Center airport (GYH) located roughly 59 miles southeast of Cullowhee in Greenville, South Carolina, and finally the Greenville Spartanburg International airport (GSP) located around 61 miles southeast of Cullowhee in Greer, South Carolina.

Cullowhee Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Cherokee Fun ParkCherokeeNC13.6 mi.
Santa's LandCherokeeNC13.6 mi.
Ghost Town in the SkyMaggie ValleyNC14.8 mi.
DollywoodPigeon ForgeTN39.1 mi.
Rockin' RacewayPigeon ForgeTN39.1 mi.
NASCAR SpeedParkSeviervilleTN44.0 mi.
Water Parks
Lake Lanier Island Beach & Water ParkLake Lanier IslandGA92.3 mi.
Golf Courses
Smoky Mountain Country ClubWhittierNC13.1 mi.
Trillium Links & Lake ClubCashiersNC14.6 mi.
Franklin Golf CourseFranklinNC14.8 mi.
Mill Creek Country ClubFranklinNC14.8 mi.
Lake Junaluska Golf CourseWaynesvilleNC16.0 mi.
Laurel Ridge Country ClubWaynesvilleNC16.0 mi.
Highlands CoveHighlandsNC18.0 mi.
Connestee Falls Golf CourseBrevardNC25.8 mi.
Glen Cannon Country ClubBrevardNC25.8 mi.
Sherwood Forest Golf ClubBrevardNC25.8 mi.
Ski Areas
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC14.8 mi.
Scaly MountainScaly MountainNC22.3 mi.
Ski Wolf LaurelMars HillNC50.0 mi.
Ski BeechBanner ElkNC93.8 mi.
Sugar Mountain Ski AreaBanner ElkNC93.8 mi.
Hawksnest Golf & Ski ResortSeven DevilsNC95.2 mi.
State Parks
Black Rock Mountain State ParkGA31.5 mi. 
Oconee State ParkSC31.6 mi. 
Keowee Toxaway State ParkSC31.9 mi. 
Table Rock State ParkSC33.3 mi. 
Caesars Head State ParkSC35.2 mi. 
Moccasin Creek State ParkGA39.9 mi. 
South Carolina Gold MuseumPickensSC39.8 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Bob Jones University Museum & GalleryGreenvilleSC54.5 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC40.3 mi.
Greenville ZooGreenvilleSC54.5 mi.
Knoxville Zoological GardensKnoxvilleTN61.2 mi.

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