Are you considering a move to beautiful WNC?

The mountains of Western North Carolina are a very popular location to vacation with many recreational opportunities or activities in the area. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Great Smoky Mountain Railway, the Nantahala Outdoor Center, the Biltmore House, and the Cherokee Indian Reservation are just a few examples in the area, but the small towns around the tourist attractions have much to offer all age groups. If you are interested in moving to the area, here are a few tidbits about surrounding towns.


Sylva, NC (population 2,669 from 2014) is located approximately 50 miles west of Asheville, NC on Interstate 40 and Highway 19/23 and sits at an elevation of 2,036 feet above sea level. The town is located 7 miles from Western North Carolina University, part of the University of North Carolina system. The University has been growing in recent years and its current enrollment is over 10,000 students.

Southwestern Community College is also located approximately 5 miles from downtown Sylva with an enrollment of over 800 students and has consistently been named one of the top community colleges in America. Sylva has a  "small hometown" feel so it is no wonder that Hollywood filmed the hit movie "Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri" ranks Sylva among the 10 Cleanest Small Cities in America.

In recent years, local breweries have started businesses in downtown adding to the popularity of craft beers. Sylva also has local festivals and events years round including the annual Greening up the Mountains held in late April where expert craftsman sell their wares on Main Street.



Dillsboro, NC is located just 2 miles west of Sylva. The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad stops in Dillsboro where tourists can enjoy restaurants and specialty shops. Dillsboro also hosts popular annual festivals including Front Street Arts and Crafts Show, the Summer Arts and Crafts Market, ColorFesrm the WNC Pottery Festival, Easter Hat Parade, and the beautiful Christmas Lights and Luminaries. Among the restaurants in Dillsboro is the Jarrett House (circ. 1884) which serves family-style meals. Dillsboro is also home of the Gren Energy Park which utilizes clean, renewable, energy resources to encourage economic development, provide environmental protection, and offer educational opportunities.

Perhaps Dillsboro is best known for the Holywood movie, "The Fugitive" starring Harrison Ford where the wrecked train remains and tourists can view the wreckage while riding the Great Smoky Mountain Railway. The Cherokee Indian Reservation and Harrah's Casino are only a 20-minute drive from Dillsboro.


Bryson City

Bryson City, NC (population 1,400 from 2010 census) is located 70 miles west of Asheville and about 30 minutes west of Sylva. It is known as the gateway to the Smokies because of its proximity to the Gret Smoky Mountain National Park and the Cherokee Indian Reservation. The Great Smoky Mountain Railway makes a stop in Bryson City which has many local tourist shops and restaurants. Nantahala Outdoor Center is within a short drive from Bryson City and in 2013 was home to the Freestyle Kayaking World Championships. Deep Creek, just outside the city is home to waterfalls, hiking, biking, and camping.

Having many recreational opportunities in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina along with smalltown charm is a recipe for a wonderful full-time living opportunity. If you are interested in moving to the area, let Blue Ridge Premier Realty assist you in finding a home. Our dedication to customer service along with years of experience can help you find or build your dream home.



Renee Corbin - REALTOR