Monday, February 9, 2015

Annual guide points up beauty of Western North Carolina's Jackson County

If Jackson County doesn't immediately pop up on your mental radar, these beautiful destinations in that area of Western North Carolina will: Cashiers, Cullowhee, Dillsboro and Sylva.

Or think of the gorgeous stretches of highway that take you there, notably U.S. 74 and U.S. 64. One of the top scenic drives in that part of the state is the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway -- a four-lane divided stretch of U.S. 74-19-23-441 -- that connects Bryson City, Sylva and Waynesville to Interstate 40.

In the just-out 2015 version of "Our Town," the 10th edition of the annual magazine published by the Jackson County Chamber, you'll find visitor information for locales, attractions and more.

Articles in the 44-page effort highlight the return of fireworks to Sylva and a spotlight on the philanthropy practiced by nearby Harrah's Cherokee Casino, which is  just 20 miles northwest of Sylva.

"Our Town" is free of charge. You can read it online.

You can also request a copy be mailed to you via the Chamber's website -- --  or by calling their office at 828-586-2155.