Jackson County, N.C.

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Nick Breedlove

Every winter toward the end of the ski season, Sapphire Valley Resort hosts this annual event, where outhouses on skis are raced down the ski slopes in front of a crowd of onlookers. Read more


The Lake Glenville Dam releases whitewater into the west fork of the Tuckasegee River, briefly creating class IV rapids over a 5.5-mile stretch. Read more


Tucked away in the mountainous woods of beautiful Jackson County, North Carolina, sits an old landfill, a burial ground for bottles, cartons and phonebooks. Read more


Josh Stephens

Photo courtesy of the WNC Fly Fishing Trail

Expert angler and Sylva, N.C., native Josh Stephens earned a silver medal in team competition during the 2012 National Fly Fishing Championship in Bend, Oregon. Read more


Sylva is Jackson County’s retail and professional center where day-to-day services meet unique history. The town’s development rose with the construction of the Western North Carolina Railroad in the 1880s. Read more

Blow the Tannery Whistle

Michael Meissner illustration

When I was a child growing up in western North Carolina, I awoke each morning to the mournful wail of our tannery whistle. It was a long WOOOOOOOOO that lingered in the coves and hollers of Jackson County for several moments. Read more