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Dillsboro is located southwest of Asheville in Jackson County, within the Nantahala National Forest. This quiet mountain town is known as the "crossroads to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway." Dillsboro has welcomed visitors to their charming town since the turn of the century. It's a great little town to walk about and explore the many specialty and craft shops, where you can observe some of the artisans at work. There are several family style restaurants in town, and lodging ranges from cozy hotels to romantic inns and bed & breakfasts. Both a river and a stream run through Dillsboro, which provides ample opportunities for swimming, fishing, whitewater rafting, kayaking and other water sports. During winter, Dillsboro is just a short drive to several popular ski slopes, and hiking, mountain biking, camping and much more are available in the nearby national forests and wilderness areas. The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad departs from Dillsboro on year-round, exciting, scenic excursions, and each June the town celebrates its annual Heritage Festival, a tradition since 1984.

Surrounding areas: Sylva, North Carolina (1.5 mi), Cullowhee, North Carolina (5.8 mi), Whittier, North Carolina (7.6 mi), Cherokee, North Carolina (8.1 mi), Alarka, North Carolina (10.9 mi), Bryson City, North Carolina (11.8 mi), Lake Glenville, North Carolina (13.2 mi)

Dillsboro Vacation Rentals

Dillsboro Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western River Escape Inn And Suites248 Wbi DrDillsboro, NC (828) 586-6060
Mountain Creek Cottages162 Dicks CRK RdDillsboro, NC (704) 586-6042
Comfort InnHwy 23/74Sylva, NC1.5 mi.(828) 586-3315
University Inn563 N Country CLB DrCullowhee, NC5.8 mi.(828) 293-5442
Comfort Suites35 Hwy 441 NorthCherokee, NC8.1 mi.(828) 497-3500
Days Inn Smokey Mountain Inn660 Painttown RdCherokee, NC8.1 mi.(828) 497-2300
Econo LodgeUs Hwy 19Cherokee, NC8.1 mi.(828) 497-4575
Fairfield Inn & Suite - Cherokee568 Painttown RdCherokee, NC8.1 mi.(828) 497-0400
Hampton Inn185 Tsalagi RdCherokee, NC8.1 mi.(828) 497-3115
Holiday Inn CherokeeHwy 19 WCherokee, NC8.1 mi.(828) 497-9181
Holiday Inn Expres Hotel & Suites376 Paint Town RdCherokee, NC8.1 mi.(828) 497-3113
Holiday InnHwy 19 SCherokee, NC8.1 mi.(828) 497-9181
Microtel Inn & Suites674 Casino TrlCherokee, NC8.1 mi.(828) 497-7800
Quality Inn-cherokeeUS 441 N BypCherokee, NC8.1 mi.(828) 497-4702
Ramada Limited196 Painttown RdCherokee, NC8.1 mi.(828) 497-4231
Sleep InnHwy 441 Pob 1956Cherokee, NC8.1 mi.(828) 497-4730
TravelodgeAcquoni RdCherokee, NC8.1 mi.(828) 497-2226
Lloyd's On The River5370 Ela RdBryson City, NC9.0 mi.(828) 488-3767
Ela Motor Court5280 Ela RdBryson City, NC9.1 mi.(828) 488-2284
Baymont Inn-Cherokee/Smoky MTNS1455 Acquoni RdCherokee, NC9.3 mi.(828) 497-2102
Best Western Great Smokies Inn1636 Acquoni RdCherokee, NC9.3 mi.(828) 497-2020
Balsam Mountain InnBalsam MTN Inn RdBalsam, NC10.2 mi.(704) 456-9498
Charleston Inn208 Arlington AveBryson City, NC11.7 mi.(828) 488-4644
Nantahala Village Mountain Resort9400 Hwy 19 WestBryson City, NC11.8 mi.(828) 488-2826
Sleep Inn500 SPG StBryson City, NC11.8 mi.(828) 488-0326
Best Western Mountainbrook Inn1021 Soco Rd Hwy 19Maggie Valley, NC13.5 mi.(828) 926-3962
Maggie Valley Holiday Motel Inc851 Seco RdMaggie Valley, NC13.5 mi.(828) 926-1186
Days Inn1320 E Main StFranklin, NC13.6 mi.(828) 524-6491
Hampton Inn244 Cunningham RdFranklin, NC14.1 mi.(828) 369-0600
Snow Hill Inn531 Snow HL RdFranklin, NC14.8 mi.(828) 369-2100
Best Western Mountainbrook Inn3811 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC15.1 mi.(828) 926-3962
Meadowlark Motel2878 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC15.1 mi.(828) 926-1717
Microtel Inn & Suites3777 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC15.1 mi.(888) 771-7171
Ramada LTD4048 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC15.1 mi.(828) 926-7800
Comfort Inn848 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC15.2 mi.(828) 926-9106
Quality Inn70 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC16.1 mi.(828) 926-0201
Microtel Inn & Suites81 Allman DrFranklin, NC16.3 mi.(828) 349-9000
Best Western Smoky Mountain Inn130 Shiloh TrlWaynesville, NC17.0 mi.(828) 456-4402
Grandview Londge809 Valleyview Cir RdWaynesville, NC17.0 mi.(828) 456-5212
Econo Lodge1202 Russ AveWaynesville, NC17.4 mi.(828) 452-0353
Bed & Breakfast
Freeze House Bed And Breakfast71 Sylvan HeightsSylva, NC1.5 mi.(828) 586-8161

Dillsboro Weather & Climate

The Mountains of North Carolina range from 800 feet to over 6,600 feet and topography affects the local weather. Expect temperatures to be 10 to 20 degrees cooler on the mountaintops. Spring is unpredictable, particularly at the higher elevations. Snow may fall in March, but by May, things warm up with daytime highs in the 80s. Summer is warm and humid, but more pleasant at the higher elevations. Afternoon showers and thunderstorms are common in the summertime. Winter is generally moderate, but extreme conditions can occur in the mountains. It's not unusual to have warm temperatures in the valleys and snow in the higher areas. In the lowlands, snows of one inch or more occur just 1-5 times per year. More frequent and deeper snows fall at the higher elevations.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 47°F 24°F 4.92 in. -
February 52°F 27°F 4.69 in. -
March 60°F 33°F 5.43 in. -
April 68°F 41°F 3.91 in. -
May 75°F 50°F 4.86 in. -
June 81°F 58°F 4.34 in. -
July 84°F 62°F 4.27 in. -
August 82°F 61°F 3.91 in. -
September 77°F 55°F 3.57 in. -
October 69°F 43°F 3.20 in. -
November 59°F 34°F 4.28 in. -
December 50°F 27°F 4.33 in. -

Dillsboro Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Asheville Regional airport (AVL) located about 40 miles east of Dillsboro in Asheville, North Carolina, the Mc Ghee Tyson airport (TYS) located approximately 51 miles northwest of Dillsboro in Knoxville, Tennessee, the Donaldson Center airport (GYH) located roughly 65 miles southeast of Dillsboro in Greenville, South Carolina, and finally the Greenville Spartanburg International airport (GSP) located around 66 miles southeast of Dillsboro in Greer, South Carolina.

Dillsboro Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Cherokee Fun ParkCherokeeNC8.1 mi.
Santa's LandCherokeeNC8.1 mi.
Ghost Town in the SkyMaggie ValleyNC13.5 mi.
DollywoodPigeon ForgeTN33.6 mi.
Rockin' RacewayPigeon ForgeTN33.6 mi.
NASCAR SpeedParkSeviervilleTN38.6 mi.
Water Parks
Lake Lanier Island Beach & Water ParkLake Lanier IslandGA93.4 mi.
Golf Courses
Smoky Mountain Country ClubWhittierNC7.4 mi.
Franklin Golf CourseFranklinNC14.9 mi.
Mill Creek Country ClubFranklinNC14.9 mi.
Lake Junaluska Golf CourseWaynesvilleNC17.1 mi.
Laurel Ridge Country ClubWaynesvilleNC17.1 mi.
Trillium Links & Lake ClubCashiersNC19.8 mi.
Highlands CoveHighlandsNC21.9 mi.
Ski Areas
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC13.5 mi.
Scaly MountainScaly MountainNC25.0 mi.
Ski Wolf LaurelMars HillNC50.6 mi.
Ski BeechBanner ElkNC94.9 mi.
Sugar Mountain Ski AreaBanner ElkNC94.9 mi.
Hawksnest Golf & Ski ResortSeven DevilsNC96.3 mi.
State Parks
Black Rock Mountain State ParkGA33.6 mi. 
Oconee State ParkSC36.2 mi. 
Keowee Toxaway State ParkSC37.5 mi. 
Table Rock State ParkSC39.0 mi. 
South Carolina Gold MuseumPickensSC45.6 mi.(Miscellaneous)
East Tennessee Discovery CenterKnoxvilleTN55.5 mi.(Science)
Ewing Gallery of Art & ArchitectureKnoxvilleTN55.5 mi.(Art)
Knoxville Museum of ArtKnoxvilleTN55.5 mi.(Art)
East Tennessee Historical Society MuseumKnoxvilleTN55.5 mi.(History)
Sequoyah Birthplace MuseumVonoreTN57.7 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC42.4 mi.
Knoxville Zoological GardensKnoxvilleTN55.5 mi.
Greenville ZooGreenvilleSC60.2 mi.
Tennessee AquariumChattanoogaTN118.3 mi.
Warner Park ZooChattanoogaTN118.3 mi.

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