Sylva Then and Now

It’s always interesting to see how places can change and still retain their charm. These photos from different eras convey the charm for which Sylva was and is still known.

 

Images courtesy of romantic asheville and sylva online.

 

Sylva is in many ways one of the best kept secrets in the Western North Carolina mountains. Nestled between the Blue Ridge Parkway and The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Sylva’s thriving downtown boasts shops, restaurants and a beautiful century old courthouse on a hill at the end of town

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Jackson County’s Courthouse turned Public Library

 

Jackson’s most photographed building – it’s historic Courthouse – was built on a hill overlooking Sylva’s Main Street. Constructed in 1914 by early industrialist C.J. Harris, the Courthouse is now part of the Jackson County Public Library Complex, which opened in June 2011.

 

Sylva’s location also makes it an outdoor-lover’s paradise.

 

It’s natural beauty and rivers draw many fly fishermen every year.

 

 A beautiful Smoky Mountain Brown Trout

Image courtesy of Hookers Fly Shop and Guide Service in Sylva.

 

pincacle.jpgView from Richland Balsam hiking trail
Image from Romantic Asheville
Hiking is also a popular activity in the area.Covering 1,100 acres, Pinnacle Park provides plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation. Visitors can hike to the pinnacle, which sits at an elevation of 5000 feet, and the view of town below.

 

 

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