We had gorgeous weather this weekend. There are dozens of chores that we’ve put off, waiting for some decent weather, but we sort of decided that driving to Sylva would be more fun than washing windows. Sylva is the county seat of Jackson County in Western North Carolina and is a popular tourist destination for outdoor-lovers: hikers, kyakers, bicyclists and fishing enthusiasts.
It is possible to get there on four-lane highways, but being shunpikers, we went north on NC 215 which follows the North Fork of the French Broad River and Big Bearwallow Creek as it climbs an ear-popping 3,000 feet to the Beech Gap Blue Ridge Parkway access point.
We cut over to NC 281 on Tannassee Gap Road and continued north along the Cedar Cliff Reservoir.
Spotting a historical marker sign, we took a short detour to Judaculla Rock, a soapstone boulder which has Cherokee petroglyphs that overlay quarry scars from soapstone bowl manufacture.
Then, on into Sylva for a late lunch (and excellent coffee) at the City Lights Bookstore and Café and a browse through the books.