10 Things to Do in Cullowhee That You Shouldn't Miss

December 26, 2017 Jacquiline Delozier

Cullowhee /ˈkʌləhwiː/ is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jackson County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 9,428 as of the 2010 census. The area known as Cullowhee has Western Carolina University, part of the UNC System, and the village/town of Forest Hills within its area. The Jackson County Recreation Department and the Jackson County Airport are also located in the Cullowhee area. The name of the town was long thought to mean "Valley of the Lillies," but is actually derived from part of the Cherokee phrase "joolth-cullah-wee" which translates as "Judacullah's Place." Judacullah, a giant warrior and hunter who the Cherokee believe lived in the area, is an important figure in their religion and culture.
Restaurants in Cullowhee

1. Arrowmont Stables

276 Arrowmont Trl, Cullowhee, NC 28723-8822 +1 800-682-1092
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4.5 based on 58 reviews

Arrowmont Stables

Arrowmont has one of the best trail ride programs in the SE, maybe even the country. You ride breathtakingly beautiful trails with majestic mountain top views, a picturesque valley with creeks & streams, and cool fern forests.

Reviewed By Ashley S - Sarasota

Our trail ride was amazing! The guide was great and very knowledgable. This place is family run and it shows by how passionate the family is about the horses. Highly highly recommend!!! We got to see the blue ridge parkway, and even had fresh blackberries...MoreWe are so happy you were pleased and delighted with your ride. You are right, we are passionate about taking good care of the horses and are grateful is shows. We look forward to serving you again!

2. Jackson County Public Library

Main Street, Sylva, NC 28779 +1 828-586-2016
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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. 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.

4. Judaculla Rock

Caney Fork Rd, Cullowhee, NC
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4 based on 44 reviews

Judaculla Rock

Mysterious hieroglyphics, supposedly carved by Indians, adorn this large boulder.

Reviewed By JeyJ52 - Oxford, Ohio

It's worth the drive out of town to see this piece of American pre-history! No one is sure when the petroglyphs were carved in the rock that was even earlier mined for making bowls. But we do know this site is sacred to the Cherokee and incorporated in oral tradition. Do not expect to see stark contrast between stone and carvings. Pictures that show that had chalk blown into the crevices to highlight the glyphs. Please do treat the site with respect and imagine what could move you to undertake such a massive artistic undertaking with only a few hand tools.

5. Nancy Tut's Christmas Shop

488 Haywood Road, Dillsboro, NC 28725 +1 828-586-5391
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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!

6. Innovations Brewery

414 W Main St, Sylva, NC 28779-5548 +1 828-586-9678
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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.

7. 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!

8. Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute

1 Pari Dr, Rosman, NC 28772-9626 +1 828-862-5554
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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 American Museum of the House Cat

4704 US Highway 441 S, Sylva, NC 28779-7135 +1 828-476-9376
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4.5 based on 11 reviews

The American Museum of the House Cat

The American Museum of the House Cat is a museum dedicated to Cat Lovers everywhere. It is an Art Gallery which traces the History of the House Cat in America. The museum is the private collection of multi media art relating to House Cat that tells the story encompassing fine art, folk art, art in advertising, 3D art as well as collectables and antiques.

Reviewed By radiowitch - Connecticut

It's hard to describe The American Museum of the House Cat. The contents of this Museum focus as much on felines as American advertising and culture, so most visitors will find it fascinating. Examples range from Egyptian Bast pieces circa 1000 BCE to feline artwork...MoreThank you radiowitch for such a lovely review of our Carolina House Cat Museum. We appreciate your words as our museum is more than just cats. It is a sampling of american history and culture as seen through the eyes of the cat.

10. The Dillsboro Chocolate Factory

28 Church Street, Dillsboro, NC 28725 +1 828-631-0156
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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.

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