Town of Sylva

The Town of Sylva

Sylva is the County Seat of Jackson County, situated amidst the Great Smoky Mountains. Our downtown, a Main Street community, has many restaurants and shops along its tree-lined streets.

Educational opportunities are virtually unlimited, with Western Carolina University only 7 miles away in Cullowhee, and Southwestern Community College in Sylva.

Recreational opportunities are numerous and diverse here. We have a state of the art playground designed by our 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 and trout populations. And the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a 30 minute drive away.

Our most valuable assets are our people (2,720 strong) and our wonderful Appalachian heritage. We encourage you to experience Sylva with us!

As a Main Street America™ Accredited program, the Town of Sylva is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. All Main Street America™ Accredited programs meet a set of National Accreditation Standards of Performance as outlined by the National Main Street Center.