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Sylva NC

Sylva NC “Overflowing With Appalachian Heritage


Town of Sylva NC

Sitting in the Great Smoky Mountains, Sylva is full of restaurants, shops and many recreational activities. The town is overflowing with Appalachian heritage and beautiful mountain views. The town owns a pristine area of land, Pinnacle Park, that offers hiking trails, waterfalls and a wonderful view of the town from 5,500 feet above. There are also three other parks in the Sylva community. The town boasts a state of the art playground that was designed by children and built by the community. Visit the old Courthouse, now library, that sits gracefully atop a hill overlooking the center of town! With Western Carolina University only seven miles away, Sylva is a popular area for students and visitors alike. The town has a bakery, a brewery, book stores and much more! Sylva hosts many festivals, and events throughout the year! Come stay and play in this beautiful mountain town! 





History of Sylva North Carolina
The town of Sylva was named for William D. Sylva, a Danish handyman, who by fate, wandered through the small community. He ended spending a month in the home for General E. R. Hampton, who owned much of the land where Sylva is now located. After developing close ties with the community, Sylva’s popularity grew and many regarded him as the “nicest person they knew”. 

When the town applied for a post office, General Hampton asked his young daughter what the town’s name should be. She had grown fond of the handyman so much she suggested the post office be named in his honor. Though Sylva did not approve, the rest of the community agreed and the town of Sylva gained a new name. 

In 1913, the town became the county seat and the small town of Sylva developed quickly afterwards. Sylva was once the only town in the United States that had a waterfall within city limits. In 1973, this waterfall was destroyed to make way for the four-lane Sylva Bypass. 




Greening Up the Mountains
In the middle of spring, Sylva, North Carolina hosts a festival, Greening Up the Mountains. The event is known to draw over 10,000 visitors annually. Named for the way the “spring green” creeps up the mountainsides, this festival was originally thrown in celebration of Earth Day. Three music stages will feature great local bands, children’s performances, and a heritage dance. There will also be a Youth Talent Show. You can also participate in a 5K Run and a cornhole tournament. Arts, crafts, and food vendors will also line the beautiful streets of Sylva. 


Chilly Fest 
This event will feature live music and host many crafters. For a 20 dollar cover fee, individuals and teams can participate in the chili cook-off. Several prizes will be a awarded in many categories including Best Professional, Best Amateur, Best Vegetarian, Peoples’ Choice and Best Booth in Show. Attendees can also participate in the chili cook-off tasting and voting for two categories. Come out to Sylva and warm yourself up at this Chilly fest! 




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