Visit Historic Dillsboro YESTERDAY'S VILLAGE

You could spend a month vacationing in the North Carolina Smoky Mountains. Dillsboro is just a short drive from it all!

      There are mountains for waterfalls and hiking. There are rivers for kayaking and whitewater rafting. And there are rushing mountain streams for world-class trout fishing.

     North Carolina's top three attractions — Harrah's Cherokee Casino, Asheville's Biltmore Estate and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park — are all within minutes of Dillsboro; as is Western Carolina University.

      And everywhere you look, there's the indescribable beauty of the southern Appalachian mountains. It's the ultimate change-of-pace.




The GSMR Depot in Dillsboro welcomes scenic rail excursions from Bryson City that travel along the Tuckaseigee River past the train wreck used in filming The Fugitive movie. Various times in spring, summer and fall leaf trips. A special treat is the arrival of the Easter Express in the spring. 800-872-4681.


Green Energy Park

The GEP uses renewable energy resources as fuel for glassblowing studios, blacksmith forges, pottery kilns and greenhouses. Artisans gallery on site, tours available, festivals and classes. 100 Green Energy Park Dr. 828-631-0271.
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Dillsboro River Company

Located directly on the Tuckasegee River in town, changing rooms, bathrooms and parking are within yards of private access to the river. Tubers and rafters travel 5.5 miles downstream to the takeout. The home of 'mom-approved' rafting. 828-507-2428.
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The first museum dedicated to Southern Appalachian women. Sharing the stories of orginary women, living extraordinary lives.A 16-acre park with playground, fishing pier, walking trail, public parking and public restrooms. Shuttle service stop during events. 100 West Homestead Place.

Kayak on Tuck

Dillsboro sits on Scotts Creek and the Tuckasegee River, which runs the length of Jackson County. Fishing is a favorite activity on the Tuck. The river is filled with native and stocked trout and there are numerous spots and secret fishing holes. Kayaking and canoeing are also favorite sports.


Biltmore Estate
Visit America’s Castle in Asheville, just 45 minutes from Dillsboro.
Blue Ridge Parkway
Spectacular views, picnic areas and trails. Entrance just 20 minutes from Dillsboro.
Cherokee Elk
Elk have been reintroduced into the National Park and viewing areas are about 30 minutes from Dillsboro.
Cataloochee Ski Area
Just outside Maggie Valley and about 45 minutes from Dillsboro.
Cherohala Skyway
National scenic byway above the clouds, hiking trails and scenic overlooks.
Cherokee Indian Reservation
Outdoor Summer Drama “Unto These Hills”, Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Oconoluftee Indian Village. Gem mines. All just 20 minutes away.
Deep Creek Trails & Waterfalls
Easy walking trails and 3 waterfalls just 30 minutes away.

Fishing , Hiking and Waterfall maps available through the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce

Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians
Through exhibits and videos you’ll learn about past fly fishing legends, the evolution of rods and reels, basic knots, fly-tying, types of gear, types of gamefish, regional fishing waters, and the history of fly fishing in the Southeast. Located in Cherokee.
Fontana Dam
The highest dam east of the Rockies, built during WWII.
Fun Factory For Kids
Games and fun for the whole family in Franklin.
Gem Mines on the road between Franklin and Cherokee of Hwy 441

Macon County (Franklin) Chamber of Commerce
Gem mines, Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts

Graham County - Tail of the Dragon
318 curves in 11 miles, US 129
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
America’s most visited Park. Cherokee entrance just 20 minutes away.
Harrah’s Cherokee Casino
24-hour gaming, restaurants, hotels and world class entertainment

Jackson County Chamber of Commerce
List of hiking, fishing trails, waterfall overlooks, gem mines and local events
Joyce Kilmer National Forest
Easy walking trails to see virgin timber stands.
Mountain Farm Museum
At the Cherokee entrance to the National Park. Historic buildings.
Scottish Tartans Museum
Celebrating Scots-Irish heritage in Franklin.

Smoky Mountain Country Club
18-hole mountain golf course with beautiful views. Whittier Exit 72 off Hwy 74.

Swain County (Bryson City) Chamber of Commerce

Additional attractions, Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, tubing

Downtown Sylva Association

Close to Dillsboro is Sylva, the county seat. The courthouse is a famous landmark and marks the beginning of this post-industrial town.

Western Carolina University

Western Carolina University is a major four year college that has partnered with Dillsboro to meet the needs of the local community. WCU has a state of the art performance center and is the home to Mountain Heritage Museum.

© The Dillsboro Merchants Association
P.O Box 634
Dillsboro, NC 28725

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