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Golf OpportunitiesGolf in Highlands, NC

  • Highlands Cove, Highlands, NC (828) 526-8044 (10 minute drive from the Inn)
  • Sky Valley, Sky Valley, GA (706) 746-4185 (15 minute drive)
  • High Hampton, Cashiers, NC (828) 743-2450 (20 minute drive)
  • Sapphire Mountain, Sapphire, NC (828) 743-1174 (25 minute drive)
  • Trillium, near Cashiers, NC (828) 743-4251 (30 minute drive)

Theater

  • Highlands Playhouse (828) 526-2695 www.highlandsplayhouse.org (four blocks from the Inn)
  • Highlands Community Players (828) 526-8084 www.highlandscommunityplayers.org (half a block from the Inn)
  • Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival, (828) 526-9060 www.h-cmusicfestival.org (half a block from the Inn)
  • Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center (828) 526-9047 (half a block from the Inn)

Check www.highlandschamber.org for schedule of all Highlands events


Zipline Canopy Tours

  • A world-class canopy tour with 11 elements, the longest of which exceeds 1500 ft from ridge to ridge. Multiple Sky Bridges, 50 mile mountain views, water features, rock cliffs and boulders all in a virgin forest environment. Also a Junior Zip Line Adventure Course with multiple elements for youngsters 6 years old and 30 lbs and up. (828) 526-8773.

Hiking Trails

  • Nature Center: Located 1/2 mile from the center of town on East Main Street, this complex offers numerous short trails on over 20 acres of pristine mountain wetlands. Do not miss the opportunity to explore this area and the Educational Facility.
  • Glen Falls: Take Hwy.106s for about 2 miles and on the left will be a sign for Glen Falls Scenic Area. It is 1/2 mile downhill to view the first fall and about 1 mile to the base. The return trip is uphill, but the scenery & the Falls are a wonderful site.
  • Sunset Rock: Located at the end of a 15 - 20 minute hike beginning at the east end of Main Street, across from the Nature Center. Local gathering place at sunset with a beautiful view of Highlands.
  • Chinquapin Mountain: Located 3 miles from Highlands on Hwy.106s. on the outside bend of a sharp curve, this trail is 1 1/2 miles and ends (or meets) at Glen Falls.
  • Scaly Mountain: Length 1 1/2 miles with an elevation gain of 1,500 Ft. Short, but strenuous hike to the Scaley Mountain summit. (access point for Bartram Trail)
  • Rabun Bald: 360 degree views can be seen from Rabun's observation platform. Its a 1 mile round trip from the upper parking area and a 3 mile round trip from the lower parking area. Take Hwy.106s for 7 1/2 miles to Scaley and then left on Hale Ridge Road. (stay on the paved part) Go about 3.3 miles and turn left on Old Rabun Bald Road. Go up the gravel road for 1/3 mile to the gap. Choose your parking area.
  • Holcomb Creek: Features 2 waterfalls along a 1.6 mile loop trail or a 1/2 mile one way trail. Take Hwy.106s 7 1/2 miles to Scalely, turn left on Hale Ridge Road ( FS 7 ) bear to the left along the gravel section for about 4 miles to the intersection of FS 86. The trailhead is to the left & marked.
  • Three Forks: A Wilderness hike of 1 1/2 miles with a difficult end. This is where the West Fork of the Chattooga River begins. Follow the directions for Holcomb Creek above then, proceed down to Overflow Creek Road (FS 86) for about 3 miles to John Teague Gap. There you will see a small parking turn off to the left and a small brown sign at the trailhead. Note: Hard & Difficult Hike.
  • Cliffside Lake: An area with many short trails and a beautiful 4 acre lake, maintained by the Forestry Service. This is a great place to explore along with Dry Falls since they are so close together. The trails range in length from 0.3 mile / 1.5 miles. In the summer months there is swimming, picnic & restroom facilities. Take Hwy.64w for about 4.4 miles and turn right. (just past Vanhook Glade Campground) proceed until you come to the parking lots.
Caution: Do not venture near the ledges of the trails or hiking paths and take great care in safe-guarding children while hiking. Also check with your Doctor first before attempting strenuous walks or hikes.

Waterfalls

  • Bridal Veil Falls: This picturesque fall cascades over US Hwy.64w about 3 miles from town. Cars may evan drive under this 120 ft. waterfall.
  • Dry Falls: On US Hwy.64w, about 4 miles from town. Parking is provided by the Forestry Service where a path is taken to the falls. They are certainly not dry.
  • Glen Falls: Located off a dirt road 3 miles south of town on Hwy.106. The turn-off is marked by a USFS sign. Glen Falls is composed of a series of 3 large falls dropping approximatly 60 ft. each on the east fork of Overflow Creek in the Blue Valley area. The one mile foot trail down to the falls is steep.
  • Kalakaleskies: Located off Hwy.64w about 2 1/2 miles from town on the Cullasaja River. The Sequoyah Dam is at the head of these falls. There are 18 small falls within a quarter mile, each paralleling US Hwy.64 west.
  • Lower Cullasaja Falls: Located off Hwy.64w about 7 miles from town, it is one of the most beautiful falls in N.C.
  • Lower Satulah / Hidden Falls: A high, narrow waterfall visible from the overlook approximatly 2 1/2 miles from Main St.
  • Whitewater Falls: located about 20 miles from town, these falls are the highest in the eastern US at 411 ft. A pleasant 45 minute drive, many visitors enjoy driving through Horse Cove and crossing over the Chattooga River on their way to Whitewater.
Caution: Do not venture near the ledges of the waterfalls and take great care in safe-guarding young children.

Scenic OverlooksSunset Rocks

  • Blue Valley Overlook: Located 3 1/2 miles SW of Highlands on Hwy.106s. Looking from Blue Valley overlook, you get the feeling that the whole world is made of mountains.
  • Osage Overlook: Hwy.106s across from the Bartram Trail entrance. The view from this vantage point is of Scaly and Osage Mountains.
  • Satulah Overlook: South of Main Street on Hwy.28s, a spectacular view of Satulah Mountain, Hidden Falls and Blue Valley is to be found.
  • Sunset Rocks: Located at the end of a 15 - 20 minute hike beginning at the east end of Main Street, across from the Nature Center.
  • Whiteside/Cowee Gap Overlook: Located 5 1/2 miles from Highlands on Hwy.64e. Looking out over Whiteside you will be faced with the majesty and austerity of the mountains. The fact that the mountains have always been and will always be is brought to the foreground with this view.
Caution: Do not venture near the ledges of the overlooks and take great care in safe-guarding young children. 
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