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Jackson County Greenway

This 1 mile paved path with gentle grade provides a recreational opportunity for people of all abilities. Enjoy the shade of the tree cover and views of the river as you walk, run, or roll along the path. The Greenway may be accessed at the Monteith Gap Trail head located at the end of Monteith Gap Road, in Cullowhee (click on the map link below, or enter 35.32309,-83.18816 into Google Maps for directions). The Greenway is open for non motorized forms of recreation during daylight hours. Please keep all pets on a leash no longer than 6ft. and clean up pet waste. We look forward to expansion of the Greenway including a walking bridge that will connect the north terminus of the path to Old Cullowhee Road near Rolling Green Drive with construction slated to start late Fall 2014.

To report Greenway damage or concerns please contact the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department at 828-293-3053.

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East Laporte River Access Park

Location:

6912 Highway 107
Cullowhee, NC 28723

Features:

  • - Covered Picnic Shelter
  • - Asphalt Basketball Court with 2 goals
  • - Sand Volleyball court
  • - Two large open field areas for recreational use, frisbee, etc...
  • - Bathroom Building, Men's and Women's Bathrooms
  • - Gravel parking area accommodates approximately 40 cars.
  • - Water Frontage: Approximately 425ft. on Caney Fork, 635 ft. on the Tuckasegee
  • - Gravel Walkway/Put-In to the Tuckasegee from parking lot.
  • - Grills: 3 single in ground grills (throughout park), 2 double in-ground grills (on each end of shelter)
  • - Picnic Tables: 2 Permanent In-Ground Metal Tables, 3 Concrete Tables, 7 Large metal tables under shelter along with 1 handicapped accessible table.


Little Canada Community Park

Location:

149 Charleys Creek Road
Tuckasegee NC   28783

Features:

  • - Picnic shelter
  • - BBQ and outdoor cooking area
  • - Restroom facilities
  • - Large playground area
  • - Horseshoe pits
  • - Grassed play area
  • - Raised outdoor stage area
  • - Terraced grassed outdoor seating area
  • - Paved parking lot
  • - Walking trail


Judaculla Rock

Location:

552 Judaculla Rock Road
Cullowhee, NC 28723

From US 74, take Exit 85 to Business Route 23 through Sylva. Stay on 23 1.3 miles to NC 107, then turn left onto 107. Drive 8 miles south on 107 and take a left onto Caney Fork Road, County Road 1737. Go 2.5 miles then turn left onto a gravel road and drive 0.45 mile. The rock is on the right, and parking is on the left.

Features:

Judaculla Rock and the surrounding 0.49 acres of land belonging to Jackson County are significant not only due to the physical evidence of soapstone quarry and bowl-manufacturing activities, but also due to the unusually dense concentration of over a thousand petroglyph motifs on the main boulder. The integrity of archaeological deposits upslope and to the east of the main boulder and the unusual complexity and variety of the petroglyphs on the main boulder not only constitute distinctive examples of prehistoric technological and artistic achievements, but also contain information that is important for research of the prehistory and history of the place and surrounding area. Judaculla Rock embodies the distinctive characteristics of a rare soapstone quarry site that dates between the Late Archaic to Early Woodland and rare petroglyphs that date to between the Middle Woodland and Early Nineteenth Century, representing the traditional work of Native American Indians and possessing a certain sense of artistic merit in their execution, with some of the petroglyph designs resembling those found on ceramic vessels in the region. The soapstone quarry and petroglyphs on the boulder meet National Register Criterion C in the areas of Archaeology, Art and Religion as the most complicated boulder of its kind east of the Mississippi River. Judaculla Rock has already yielded, and is likely to yield, additional information important in prehistory and history. (nps.gov)



Cashiers Community Park

Location:

355 Frank Allen Road
Cashiers, NC 28717
828-631-2020

Features:

  • - Seasonal outdoor heated swimming pool
  • - Playground
  • - 2 Tennis courts
  • - Walking trail
  • - 2 baseball/softball fields: 1 adult field and 1 lighted youth field
  • - Picnic tables
  • - Concession/Restroom Building
  • - The Cashiers-Glenville Recreation Center is also part of the park


Ralph J. Andrews Campground

Location:

814 Ralph J. Andrews Park Road
Glenville, NC 28736
828-743-3923

Features:

Andrews Park is an excellent family campground located on Lake Glenville. It gives families a great opportunity to fish, camp, swim, boat, and just relax. The park is at an elevation of 3,540 feet. The weather in the mountains can be warm during the day with temperatures around 80 degrees, and cool at night with the average in the 50's, so dress appropriately. Andrews Park Campground operates from April through October. For your convenience, there is a park staff on duty at the campground 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Camping Information:

 

County Resident

Non-County Resident

     
Full hookups $14.00 per day $16.00 per day
Weekly $84.00 $96.00
2 Weeks $168.00 $192.00
     
Primitive $10.00 per day $12.00 per day
Weekly $60.00 $72.00
2 Weeks $120.00 $144.00
     
Power & Water $12.00 per day $14.00 per day
Weekly $72.00 $84.00
2 Weeks $144.00 $168.00

Stay is limited to 14 consecutive days.


Picnic Facilities

There are single picnic tables located throughout the park for your enjoyment. These tables are available on the first come, first served basis.

Picnic Shelter

There is a picnic shelter to accommodate larger groups located near the boat dock on the north side of the park. You may rent the shelter for $20.00. See the campground manager for more details.

Fishing

Fishing Lake Glenville has an abundance of bass and walleye. Lake Glenville is 165 feet deep so the fish are plentiful. All North Carolina fishing laws will be enforced.

Playground

There is a small playground located on the north side of the park above the picnic shelter.




Mark Watson Park

Location:

86 Mark Watson Park
Sylva, NC 28779

Features:

  • - A 10 acre park located in the downtown Sylva Are
  • - 200 ft. fast pitch/softball field (lighted)
  • - 280 ft. softball field (lighted)
  • - Four lighted tennis courts.
  • - Playground
  • - Picnic Shelter
  • - Five Horseshoe pits
  • - Dog Park
  • - ¼+/- mile of trail
  • - Concession Stand
  • - Restrooms


Fairview Youth Complex

Location:

251 Big Orange Way
Sylva, NC 28779

Features:

A 10 acre joint-use school/county park located just behind Smoky Mountain High School and is located just below Fairview Elementary School. The park is home to Fairview Elementary School activities, Jackson County Little League Baseball, Jackson County Youth Football, and Recreation Department events. This park has hosted many local, regional and state baseball tournaments.

  • - 325' Lighted Baseball Field/Soccer Field
  • - 200' Lighted Baseball Fields
  • - Covered Batting cages
  • - Outdoor Batting Cages
  • - Concession/Restroom Facility
  • - Official Scores tower/storage
  • - Located near the property is Fairview Elementary School's Nature Study Area.
  • - In the Fall season, this park also hosts youth football practice.


Jackson County Recreation Complex in Cullowhee

Location:

88 Cullowhee Mountain Road
Cullowhee, NC 28723
828-293-3053

Features:

  • - Two lighted softball fields (315 ft. to center field fence)
  • - Outdoor Basketball court
  • - Five Soccer Fields (2 lighted)
  • - 2 Playgrounds
  • - 2 regular swings, 2 child swings
  • - Over 10,000 ft. of running trail which includes loop around Cullowhee Valley School.
  • - 2 Large picnic shelters available for reservations
  • - 6 small shelters
  • - Concession Building: includes concession stand, scorers booths for both fields, men's and women's restrooms.
  • - Restroom Building: includes 2 water fountains; Men and Women have handicap accessible restrooms with sinks.
  • - 2 Handicap Accessible Fishing Piers
  • - 1 scenic pond/water garden area
  • - 18 hole disc golf course
  • - The Jackson County Parks and Recreation Center is also part of the park.