What to do and see in Dillsboro, United States: The Best Places and Tips

December 24, 2017 Enedina Augsburger

Dillsboro is a town in Jackson County, North Carolina, United States. The town is a popular tourist location, at which visitors tend to stop on their way into the Great Smoky Mountains. The town of Sylva is located just one mile (1.6 km) east of Dillsboro and is the county seat. The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad begins in Dillsboro and follows the historic "Murphy Branch" constructed in the 1880s. The population was 232 at the 2010 census.
Restaurants in Dillsboro

1. Dogwood Crafters

90 Webster Street, Dillsboro, NC 28725 +1 828-586-2248
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5 based on 44 reviews

Dogwood Crafters

Reviewed By AwesomeBiker96

I love to go to Dogwood Crafters for crafts when I'm in Dillsboro. The customer service is great and the staff are friendly. We have brought lots of crafts home from Dogwood when we were in NC. We will always go to Dogwood Crafters for crafts when we're back in Dillsboro.

2. Jackson County Public Library

Main Street, Sylva, NC 28779 +1 828-586-2016
Excellent
86%
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5 based on 49 reviews

Jackson County Public Library

Reviewed By annewilli89 - Whittier, North Carolina

For being in a small town this library is fairly large, it has several stories and lots of computers. I was living in the area and easily got a guest library card, used the computers and the printers from time to time. I believe they also have laptops for rent within the building. It is also beautifully decorated in the winter! Staff is friendly.

3. Nancy Tut's Christmas Shop

488 Haywood Road, Dillsboro, NC 28725 +1 828-586-5391
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98%
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5 based on 35 reviews

Nancy Tut's Christmas Shop

A must see! Since 1969 Nancy Tut's Christmas Shop has delighted visitors. Thousands of Christmas ornaments, something for everyone on your list. Also, Byer's Choice carolers, Fontanini nativities, Willow Tree, Egyptian Museum Glass, German Nutcrackers and smokers, Russian Santas and so much more!

Reviewed By LeeCoe72 - Dobson, North Carolina

If you are looking for a Christmas tree ornament this is the place to go. They have thousands of ornaments all organized along the walls. They even have some made by local crafters. The owner is great. We bought a handmade local ornament for 2017...MoreSo nice to meet both of you! Thank you so much for your review! We love what we do and we love our customers!! See you again soon!

4. Innovations Brewery

414 W Main St, Sylva, NC 28779-5548 +1 828-586-9678
Excellent
75%
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20%
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4.5 based on 20 reviews

Innovations Brewery

Reviewed By batmaninsc - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

While spending time in Cherokee we stopped in to try there beers. I do this in what ever time we visit. This place had a wide selection of beer, and the staff was veery helpful. I personally like IPAs and after trying a flight of there IPAs, I did not find what I was looking for. Still a great place.

5. Smoky Mountain River Adventures

5036 Highway US 74, Whittier, NC 28789
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5 based on 28 reviews

Smoky Mountain River Adventures

Located in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina just minutes from Dillsboro and Cherokee. Smoky Mountain River Adventures provides white water rafting for the whole family, including children as small as 401bs. We rent inflatable kayaks for one or two people, as well as rafts. You may choose to have a river guide to help tame the rapids or have your own adventure!

Reviewed By Jeanette K - Rock Hill, South Carolina

My husband organized a group of 18 family, friends, coworkers, and professional associates for a family friendly weekend of fun in the mountains of North Carolina. On Saturday we gathered at Smoky Mountain River Adventures, where T. Davis and his friendly staff took excellent care of us.

In total we rented 2 rafts and 3 double duckies. Four of our group had their own boats, and Mr. Davis happily agreed to shuttle them along with the renters at no additional charge! The nice ladies in the office patiently reviewed the paperwork and procedures repeatedly with the different parties in our group until we were squared away and ready for the safety talk.

After learning about the swimmer's position and "summer" teeth (what happens to your teeth if you get hit in mouth with your paddle handle: some are in the water, some are in the boat, and some are in your mouth), we got our paddles and life jackets then piled into 2 clean vans for the short ride to the put in at Dillsboro. Our drivers were very personable long the way and got the boats and gear unloaded and ready in short order. They helped us get under way and said they would be waiting at the take out to retrieve the boats.

We had a very pleasant paddle down the Tuckaseegee River. Our 2 youngest paddlers (one was only 5 years old) were a little apprehensive at first, but they ended up enjoying their whitewater adventure - especially after getting complimentary popcorn and freeze pops after we returned to SMRA headquarters.

As promised, SMRA staff were on hand to lug the boats up the riverbank to the boatyard. We enjoyed the freeze pops and were able to wash off and change into dry clothes before heading out. The relatively new restrooms are clean and have plenty of room for parents with children to change. There are single changing rooms just off the store/office area as well.

We can't say enough about the terrific hospitality and customer service offered by T. Davis and the staff at Smoky Mountain River Adventures (www.raftingwithmykids.com)! If you plan on a river trip in the Cherokee/Dillsboro area of North Carolina, choose SMTA as your outfitter. You will be glad you did!

6. Dillsboro River Company

18 Macktown Road, Dillsboro, NC 28725
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4.5 based on 61 reviews

Dillsboro River Company

Welcome to Dillsboro River Company! North Carolina Rafting and Tubing on the Tuckaseegee River in Dillsboro, NCTuckaseegee Rafting & Tubing in the Western North Carolina mountains is FUN!

Reviewed By BlueRivers J

Dillsboro river company is defiantly one of the best tubing company's in NC. Went there last year, first time tubing. Trip lasted about 45 minutes, and was overall very enjoyable. The tubes were comfortable. Staff was very friendly, and a shuttle drops you off and picks you up. Some small rapids, but nothing big. Highly recommend and will go again!

7. Tuckaseegee Outfitters

4909 US Highway 74 W, Whittier, NC 28789-7703
Excellent
74%
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4.5 based on 28 reviews

Tuckaseegee Outfitters

Great Smoky Mountain River fun for the entire family in Rafts,Funyaks,Double Ducks,1 or 2 person Kayaks,and Tubes.Located only 15 min from the National Park on Hwy 74& 441near Dillsboro NC. We take kids down to 4 years or 40 lbs.Relaxing River Adventure in Smoky Mountians since 1988

Reviewed By Brian0ntheGo - Bradenton, Florida

We did an unguided trip with friends that was lots of fun. The staff provided us with a thorough explanation of our choices and helped us make a good selection for our group. They were very efficient, had quality equipment, provided good instruction, and were friendly. Tuckaseegee Outfitters is a great choice if you are looking for a fun experience on the river. Bring your hat and sunscreen!

8. Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute

1 Pari Dr, Rosman, NC 28772-9626 +1 828-862-5554
Excellent
58%
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4 based on 30 reviews

Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute

Reviewed By hugliz - Chapel Hill, North Carolina

I took my husband here for one of their monthly events. He's very interested in space and technology and was very interested in the radio telescopes. The topic of our event was the solar eclipse and we found them very informative and interesting. The collection of rocks and meteorites they have on view was incredible. Unfortunately, it was raining and we were unable to have the stargazing portion of the night. I guess we'll just have to go back!

9. The Dillsboro Chocolate Factory

28 Church Street, Dillsboro, NC 28725 +1 828-631-0156
Excellent
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4.5 based on 81 reviews

The Dillsboro Chocolate Factory

Welcome to the Dillsboro Chocolate Factory. We have been making fine chocolates since 1998. We have two store, our main store located in Dillsboro, NC. We offer hand dipped gourmet chocolates, our award winning shooters with a hint of alcohol in each chocolate, our Smoky Mountain Truffle line, Smoky Mountain Fudge with over 22 flavors on hand. We use superior grade songke bean/single origin Venezuelan cocoa to do our work . We offer a complete espresso bar, coffee beans. We have a nice selection of jerky products. We have a selection of teas, Smoky Mountain gifts and free wi-fi to our guests.

Reviewed By ThreeWiseMen1998 - Columbus Ohio

YOu can find almost anything chocolate but the price for it was too high for my liking's. I just went to Cherokee and got the chocolate for cheaper.

10. Country Traditions

73 Webster Street, #161, Dillsboro, NC 28725 +1 828-586-1600
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5 based on 13 reviews

Country Traditions

Cooking Demos on Saturday from 5-7 pm from April though October. Gourmet dishes created while you watch. Samples are provided upon completion. Wine by the glass available from 2$-6$ per glass. Also sell a large selection of NC wines and gourmet foods.

Reviewed By cmpvb - Vero Beach, Florida

We always make a point to visit Country Traditions when we are in the Dillsboro area. The owners are very friendly and welcoming. The free wine tasting is always fun, and there is a small, but varied selection of very nice wines. There are gourmet goodies around the shop--my favorite is the delicious, locally produced goat cheese. We didn't try any, but they have local beer, too. If you are in the Dillsboro area, don't miss Country Traditions! Definitely recommended!

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