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Home of Western Carolina University

In Cullowhee, you can find winding local roads meandering through the mountain terrain, and walls of forest greens brushing against cerulean skies on clear days. It's a dazzling mountain paradise nestled amid the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.  

Nearly 10,000 people call this beautiful mountain area home. Nicknamed "Valley of the Lilies," said to be the Cherokee name for Cullowhee, the town can trace its roots back to the 19th century. 

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Cullowhee's Best Buys!

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Why Do Residents Love Cullowhee?

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Outdoor Adventure

There is so much to explore in and around Cullowhee and we compiled them into a nice map for you. You can explore waterfalls, hiking trails, and other area attractions and see the beauty of he Great Smoky Mountains. In addition to the outdoor offerings, Cullowhee residents can enjoy the nearby Jackson County Recreation Complex and its full-size gymnasium, fitness room, aerobics room, and programs.  

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Shopping & More

Although shopping opportunities are limited in this small town, there are some amazing shops in neighboring towns like Sylva, Dillsboro, Waynesville, Franklin, and Cashiers. Looking for a mall? There are two in Asheville you can enjoy. 

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Local Education

Formed as the Cullowhee Normal and Industrial School in 1889, Western Carolina University (WCU) makes its home in the center of the city. To learn more about WCU and all this school has to offer, please visit

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Buying or Selling a Home in Cullowhee? 

We've been working in Jackson County's real estate market for years, and our team specializes in mountain homes and land. If you're a home buyer or home seller, we can work together to make your real estate experience as painless as possible. Contact us today to get started! 

The multiple listing information is provided by the North Jackson County Board of REALTORS® from a copyrighted compilation of listings. The compilation of listings and each individual listing are ©2023 North Jackson County Board of REALTORS®. All Rights Reserved.

The information provided is for consumers' personal, noncommercial use and may not be used for any purpose other than to identify prospective properties consumers may be interested in purchasing. All properties are subject to prior sale or withdrawal. All information provided is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed accurate, and should be independently verified.

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