New Jackson County, N.C., Hiking Map Available

Explore the Western N.C. towns of Cashiers, Cherokee, Dillsboro, Sylva, Balsam, Cullowhee, Glenville and Sapphire like never before with Jackson County’s new hiking map. Visitors can pick up the map at the Dillsboro Visitor Center or the Jackson County Visitor Center. In addition, the map will be located in area retail shops, restaurants or accommodations, the Smoky Mountain Host Visitor Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino & Hotel, as well as any state visitor center or chamber. The map will also be available on the Jackson County website for download early this winter.

The map, released this fall, includes directions to 19 waterfalls, nine hiking trails, three multiple-use trails for riding or biking, five semi-private and public golf courses, three whitewater rafting and watersports outfitters, three horseback riding locations and eight recreational rental service locations.

There are several popular scenic destinations emphasized in the new map. Richland Balsam, along the Blue Ridge Parkway, is the highest point with an elevation of 6,410 feet. Waterrock Knob, an almost 2.5-mile round-trip hike, showcases breathtaking views of the Great Smoky Mountains with an exciting steep trek to the 6,292 foot peak, and Whiteside Mountain features the highest vertical drop of 750 feet in the Eastern U.S. Popular waterfalls on the map include Cashiers Sliding Rock, Silver Run Falls and Whitewater Falls, the highest waterfall in the eastern United States.

Jackson County is located approximately 2 to 3 hours from major cities such as Atlanta, Greenville and Charlotte. Plan your mountain getaway and get more information about Jackson County at

Cashiers, Cherokee, Dillsboro, Sylva, Balsam, Cullowhee, Glenville and Sapphire are the distinct locales that make up Western North Carolina’s Jackson County, a place of lofty peaks, rushing water and spectacular scenery. Each of these Blue Ridge Mountain towns provides rich natural beauty that invites visitors to experience the idyllic North Carolina Mountains. Explore miles of hiking trails surrounded by unspoiled forests or discover the area’s shopping, dining, culture, and hometown atmosphere. Experience the thrill of river rafting and tubing or the more laid back adventures of fly fishing, boating, golf, or a scenic drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

“As one of the premier outdoor destinations in the south, we pride ourselves on creating the most active and visitor-friendly environment,” said Robert Jumper, chairman of the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority. “The new hiking map showcases some of the best outdoor tourism attractions and scenic views that Jackson County has to offer. Visitors can now more easily plan their trip activities for the entire county. And best of all, they are invited to ‘Play On’ in our amazing county.”


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