There are lots of interesting things to do around this area because of it's great location in the Great Smoky Mountains. One thing you can do that is pretty close to my house and Sylva is visit Historic Fontana Village. This village is about as far removed from the bustle of everyday life as you can imagine. No traffic or neon, etc. Not only is there this old village where you can see some old pastimes of the area, but you can experience some great mountain activities such as whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River, guided horseback treks, hiking in the Smokies, or even mountain biking on some really fun trails that circle the Fontana Lake. Plus there is the huge Fontana Lake where you can rent boats, jetskis, tubes, wakeboards, and go swimming and fishing all day long.
The whole place is off the tracks, but there is a lot to do around the place. If you are old enough, you can get to the Cherokee Harrah's Casino, only 25 minutes away, or for the sports nut, take the Great Smoky Mtn. Railway departing from Dillsboro (100 yards west of Sylva) into the Fontana Lake region. From there you can get a bus and be dropped off near the Natahala Outdoor Center. There are many options here. You can cut into the Appalacian Trail which heads from Georgia to Maine, you can white water raft, kayak, canoe, rent mountain bikes and bike around Fontana Lake (Beautiful!!), and more! Up the road the other direction from Dillsboro, hit up the Cullasaja River Gorge, shown here. Great waterfalls and gorges to look at!
There is a city called Cherokee that is about 15 minutes from Sylva where you can see all sorts of old indian things. It's a really touristy city, but there is quite a good amount of fishing spots in the Cherokee Reservation. Fishing liceses are $7 a day and you can fish on a ton of stocked streams, creeks, and rivers. Here's a shot of me and the rainbrow brook I caught on day 1.
Get out and hike some of the wonderful trails that wind through the Great Smoky Mountain National Park (only 5 min from Sylva). These next sets of photos are of some flowers in the mountains my home sits on.