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What to Do in Jackson County, North Carolina, This Summer

by Holly Riddle

Jun 4, 2024

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Destinations / North America

If you plan on visiting Jackson County, located in southwestern North Carolina, this summer, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to kick back, relax and altogether slow down as you explore the small towns and great outdoors. Here are just a few things to consider adding to your itinerary.



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Experience North Carolina’s Only Certified Nature Forest Therapy Trail

A bevy of studies have shown spending time in nature is good for both your mental and physical health. See the benefits for yourself on North Carolina’s only Certified Nature Forest Therapy Trail in Pinnacle Park. Guided tours are available.


Enjoy Spa Treatment and Meal at Gorgeous Lonesome Valley Estate

Lonesome Valley is a beautiful community that offers its residents luxurious amenities and a tranquil, rural setting with dramatic forest and mountain views. Visit for a spa treatment at the on-site spa, and then a meal at Canyon Kitchen, an elegant barn-set restaurant serving local food in an Appalachian style.


wine bar

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Explore the Local Dining Scene at a Slow Pace

There’s no need to rush from crowded restaurant to crowded restaurant to see Jackson County’s best eats. Try organic bites at City Lights Café and mosey over to the adjacent bookstore at your own pace. Settle in for some comfort food at The Well House or relax at top-tier wine bar Sante.


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