Sylva, N.C.

Searching for Winter

Holly Kays photo

As someone who loves snow and warm hats and the orderly changing of seasons, it had been a disappointing winter. I’d seen barely a flake of snow, and daytime temperatures often felt more on par with what you’d expect from a typical April. Read more


Learn the Constellations

Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

With a new year comes new resolutions. Whether you hope to hike more or stress less, eat better or give back, Smoky Mountain Living offers an only-in-Southern-Appalachia guide to making 2017 your best year yet. Read more

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At the Pinnacle

Nick Breedlove photo

There’s something special about hiking the same trail year after year. For the last 20 years, I’ve been going back to Pinnacle Park in Sylva, North Carolina. Read more


Standing behind the counter of High Country Tire in Sylva, North Carolina, Summer McMahan is a long way from the bright lights of New York City. Outside the shop and convenience store, cars zip and zoom by nonstop down U.S. 441. Read more


Looking over town

Tim Osment & Dawn Gilchrist photo

Husband-and-wife team Tim Osment and Dawn Gilchrist explored Sylva, North Carolina, in search of their favorite hallmarks of small-town living in Southern Appalachia—good pie, fresh coffee, smart books, and fine beer. Read more

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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

  • View from Pinnacle Park

    Nick Breedlove photo

    View from Pinnacle Park

    Nick Breedlove wrote about his favorite hike—to the summit of Pinnacle Park in Sylva, North Carolina—in the October/November 2016 issue.