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Sylva is the county seat of Jackson County, which is located within the Nantahala National Forest near the Tuckasegee River and the Blue Ridge Parkway. This gorgeous area of western North Carolina is conveniently located near the resort towns of Highlands and Cashiers, the Cherokee Indian Reservation and Casino and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There is much activity in the area, including exciting wintertime skiing, hiking, biking, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, gem mining, camping and fishing. Sylva sits at the 2,039-foot level in the northwestern section of the county. The town has more than 2,000 permanent residents and most of the county's businesses and industries are located here. Be sure and visit the town's courthouse, which is reached by climbing 107 steps. It was built in 1914, and from its hilltop vantagepoint, you can look out over the river and the bustling little town. Approximately one mile from Sylva is the tiny town of Dillsboro, with a population of only around 150, but its 50 or more shops hold the works of hundreds of mountain artists and craftspeople. Thousands of people visit Dillsboro yearly to ride the popular Great Smoky Mountain Excursion Train and to shop in this creative and pretty little town. If you plan a visit to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Sylva provides a quiet alternative to the more crowded resort towns across the Tennessee State line.

Surrounding areas: Dillsboro, North Carolina (1.5 mi), Cullowhee, North Carolina (5.0 mi), Cherokee, North Carolina (8.6 mi), Whittier, North Carolina (8.7 mi), Alarka, North Carolina (12.4 mi), Lake Glenville, North Carolina (12.9 mi), Maggie Valley, North Carolina (12.9 mi)

Sylva Vacation Rentals

Sylva Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Comfort InnHwy 23/74Sylva, NC (828) 586-3315
Best Western River Escape Inn And Suites248 Wbi DrDillsboro, NC1.5 mi.(828) 586-6060
Mountain Creek Cottages162 Dicks CRK RdDillsboro, NC1.5 mi.(704) 586-6042
University Inn563 N Country CLB DrCullowhee, NC5.0 mi.(828) 293-5442
Comfort Suites35 Hwy 441 NorthCherokee, NC8.6 mi.(828) 497-3500
Days Inn Smokey Mountain Inn660 Painttown RdCherokee, NC8.6 mi.(828) 497-2300
Econo LodgeUs Hwy 19Cherokee, NC8.6 mi.(828) 497-4575
Fairfield Inn & Suite - Cherokee568 Painttown RdCherokee, NC8.6 mi.(828) 497-0400
Hampton Inn185 Tsalagi RdCherokee, NC8.6 mi.(828) 497-3115
Holiday Inn CherokeeHwy 19 WCherokee, NC8.6 mi.(828) 497-9181
Holiday Inn Expres Hotel & Suites376 Paint Town RdCherokee, NC8.6 mi.(828) 497-3113
Holiday InnHwy 19 SCherokee, NC8.6 mi.(828) 497-9181
Microtel Inn & Suites674 Casino TrlCherokee, NC8.6 mi.(828) 497-7800
Quality Inn-cherokeeUS 441 N BypCherokee, NC8.6 mi.(828) 497-4702
Ramada Limited196 Painttown RdCherokee, NC8.6 mi.(828) 497-4231
Sleep InnHwy 441 Pob 1956Cherokee, NC8.6 mi.(828) 497-4730
TravelodgeAcquoni RdCherokee, NC8.6 mi.(828) 497-2226
Balsam Mountain InnBalsam MTN Inn RdBalsam, NC8.7 mi.(704) 456-9498
Baymont Inn-Cherokee/Smoky MTNS1455 Acquoni RdCherokee, NC9.6 mi.(828) 497-2102
Best Western Great Smokies Inn1636 Acquoni RdCherokee, NC9.6 mi.(828) 497-2020
Lloyd's On The River5370 Ela RdBryson City, NC10.1 mi.(828) 488-3767
Ela Motor Court5280 Ela RdBryson City, NC10.2 mi.(828) 488-2284
Best Western Mountainbrook Inn1021 Soco Rd Hwy 19Maggie Valley, NC12.3 mi.(828) 926-3962
Maggie Valley Holiday Motel Inc851 Seco RdMaggie Valley, NC12.3 mi.(828) 926-1186
Charleston Inn208 Arlington AveBryson City, NC13.0 mi.(828) 488-4644
Nantahala Village Mountain Resort9400 Hwy 19 WestBryson City, NC13.1 mi.(828) 488-2826
Sleep Inn500 SPG StBryson City, NC13.1 mi.(828) 488-0326
Best Western Mountainbrook Inn3811 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC13.8 mi.(828) 926-3962
Meadowlark Motel2878 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC13.8 mi.(828) 926-1717
Microtel Inn & Suites3777 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC13.8 mi.(888) 771-7171
Ramada LTD4048 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC13.8 mi.(828) 926-7800
Comfort Inn848 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC13.9 mi.(828) 926-9106
Days Inn1320 E Main StFranklin, NC14.6 mi.(828) 524-6491
Quality Inn70 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC14.8 mi.(828) 926-0201
Hampton Inn244 Cunningham RdFranklin, NC15.0 mi.(828) 369-0600
Best Western Smoky Mountain Inn130 Shiloh TrlWaynesville, NC15.5 mi.(828) 456-4402
Grandview Londge809 Valleyview Cir RdWaynesville, NC15.5 mi.(828) 456-5212
Snow Hill Inn531 Snow HL RdFranklin, NC15.9 mi.(828) 369-2100
Econo Lodge1202 Russ AveWaynesville, NC16.0 mi.(828) 452-0353
Microtel Inn & Suites81 Allman DrFranklin, NC17.3 mi.(828) 349-9000
Bed & Breakfast
Freeze House Bed And Breakfast71 Sylvan HeightsSylva, NC (828) 586-8161

Sylva 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. -

Sylva Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Asheville Regional airport (AVL) located about 38 miles east of Sylva in Asheville, North Carolina, the Mc Ghee Tyson airport (TYS) located approximately 52 miles northwest of Sylva in Knoxville, Tennessee, the Donaldson Center airport (GYH) located roughly 64 miles southeast of Sylva in Greenville, South Carolina, and finally the Greenville Spartanburg International airport (GSP) located around 65 miles southeast of Sylva in Greer, South Carolina.

Sylva Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Cherokee Fun ParkCherokeeNC8.6 mi.
Santa's LandCherokeeNC8.6 mi.
Ghost Town in the SkyMaggie ValleyNC12.3 mi.
DollywoodPigeon ForgeTN34.1 mi.
Rockin' RacewayPigeon ForgeTN34.1 mi.
NASCAR SpeedParkSeviervilleTN39.0 mi.
Water Parks
Lake Lanier Island Beach & Water ParkLake Lanier IslandGA94.4 mi.
Golf Courses
Smoky Mountain Country ClubWhittierNC8.5 mi.
Lake Junaluska Golf CourseWaynesvilleNC15.7 mi.
Laurel Ridge Country ClubWaynesvilleNC15.7 mi.
Franklin Golf CourseFranklinNC15.9 mi.
Mill Creek Country ClubFranklinNC15.9 mi.
Trillium Links & Lake ClubCashiersNC19.4 mi.
Highlands CoveHighlandsNC22.1 mi.
Connestee Falls Golf CourseBrevardNC29.5 mi.
Glen Cannon Country ClubBrevardNC29.5 mi.
Sherwood Forest Golf ClubBrevardNC29.5 mi.
Ski Areas
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC12.3 mi.
Scaly MountainScaly MountainNC25.5 mi.
Ski Wolf LaurelMars HillNC49.2 mi.
Ski BeechBanner ElkNC93.5 mi.
Sugar Mountain Ski AreaBanner ElkNC93.5 mi.
Hawksnest Golf & Ski ResortSeven DevilsNC95.0 mi.
State Parks
Black Rock Mountain State ParkGA34.3 mi. 
Oconee State ParkSC36.2 mi. 
Keowee Toxaway State ParkSC36.9 mi. 
Table Rock State ParkSC38.0 mi. 
Caesars Head State ParkSC39.6 mi. 
South Carolina Gold MuseumPickensSC44.8 mi.(Miscellaneous)
East Tennessee Discovery CenterKnoxvilleTN56.3 mi.(Science)
Ewing Gallery of Art & ArchitectureKnoxvilleTN56.3 mi.(Art)
Knoxville Museum of ArtKnoxvilleTN56.3 mi.(Art)
East Tennessee Historical Society MuseumKnoxvilleTN56.3 mi.(History)
Sequoyah Birthplace MuseumVonoreTN59.1 mi.(History)
Bob Jones University Museum & GalleryGreenvilleSC59.2 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC40.9 mi.
Knoxville Zoological GardensKnoxvilleTN56.3 mi.
Greenville ZooGreenvilleSC59.2 mi.
Tennessee AquariumChattanoogaTN119.8 mi.
Warner Park ZooChattanoogaTN119.8 mi.

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