When people hear “the South,” the common misconception that comes to mind tends to be downhome cooking and fried chicken rather than places that encourage health and wellness. Did you know that Jackson County, NC is a natural fit for a wellness travel getaway? Health-conscious travelers will find an ideal vacation in this area benefitting their mental and physical well-being.
The mountain towns of Cashiers, Cherokee, Dillsboro and Sylva in Jackson County are not a “one size fits all” destination. Each trip is truly customizable and allows for different itinerary plan. From hiking, biking and kayaking, to a blossoming health-conscious culinary scene, to numerous spa options and meditation classes, Jackson County offers plenty of experiences for those looking to get their heart pumping, in addition to those who want to sit back and relax. Since these mountain towns are less crowded than neighboring cities, visitors will experience a stress-free getaway with more time and space to clear the mind.
Travelers will truly enjoy a day of hiking in some of the best trails in Western NC. Considering the temperate mountain climate, natural beauty and diverse wildlife, it is easy to see why it is such a popular hiking destination. Whether looking to just clear the mind amongst nature, or physically challenge the body, hikers can choose from trails ranging in difficulty levels, terrain and length. Each hike offers a unique experience and is surrounded by awe-inspiring views of waterfalls, including one of the highest east of the Rockies, Whitewater Falls, endless rolling landscapes and even a view from the highest point on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Richland Balsam Overlook. Hikers can pick up a free hiking map at one of the local Visitor Centers, or download one online.
Take in the soothing effects of water and experience the majestic views of the more than 12 waterfalls, the expansive Lake Glenville, and the calming sounds of the rivers that traverse through the county. At Lake Glenville, visitors can choose the best fit for their water therapy and enjoy the refreshing mountain waters by swimming, kayaking or paddle boarding. Rent paddleboards or kayaks from one of the outfitters located near the lake. For those looking to get more of a physical workout on the water, the area’s three whitewater rivers provide rapids with difficulty levels ranging from Class I to Class IV. Many companies in the area rent rafts, canoes, kayaks and tubes.
No matter the food preferences of travelers, taste buds are in for a treat in Jackson County. Jackson County’s restaurants are known to choose from the freshest local ingredients and pride themselves on their farm-to-table practices. Most of the area’s restaurants offer an assortment of health-conscious dishes and also provide vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free menu options.
Options for travelers to soothe and celebrate mental health are also plentiful in these Western North Carolina mountain towns. Guess will find plenty of spa options and excellent settings for yoga or meditation to help travelers treat themselves to some self-care and relaxation.
Jackson County has numerous excellent spas for the perfect day of destressing in the mountains such as Canyon Spa at Lonesome Valley, offering a full array of natural body and facial treatments, therapies and products to promote wellness and total relaxation. The Hampton Health Club & Spa, part of the High Hampton Resort, is a world-class spa offering signature treatments, like a Warm Stone Massage, Clay Body Masque or Body Polish, among many other services. Fusions Spa, located in downtown Sylva, offers an extensive menu of offerings, including massages, facials, body treatments, fitness and wellness options. More spa options can be discovered here.
Whether it’s a cozy cabin with mountain air and views, a lakeside resort for relaxation, or a secluded B&B for a woods escape is the setting that your soul seeks, the accommodations available in Jackson County will have something to fit any need. Surrounded by untouched natural beauty, hospitality and a stress-free mountain vibe, Jackson County offers travelers an off-the-radar travel experience that will help to refresh the mind, body and spirit.
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