Sylva, North Carolina
Located just five minutes from the Preserve's main gatehouse, Sylva is a small town of about 2,500 residents situated amidst the Great Smoky Mountains. All the conveniences are here - grocery stores, banks, shopping, and medical care, including Harris Regional Medical Center. Downtown Sylva is thriving, with unique restaurants and shops in these tree-lined streets. Educational opportunities are virtually unlimited, with Western Carolina University only 7 miles away in Cullowhee, and Southwestern Community College located right in Sylva.
Recreational opportunities are numerous and diverse in Sylva. There is a state of the art playground designed by children and built by the community. The town owns a pristine tract of land, Pinnacle Park, that boasts hiking trails, waterfalls, and a town view from 5,000 feet. The Tuckasegee River is known for its whitewater rafting and trout fishing, and runs right through town. And of course, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is only a 30 minute drive away