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Your Guide to Highlands NC Waterfalls

North Carolina’s beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains attract adventurers far and wide looking to explore our vast wilderness. Within this wilderness, you will be rewarded with scenic trails that take you to some of the most breathtaking waterfalls in North Carolina. You can access nine waterfalls within ten miles of Highlands. Spend your vacation chasing Highlands, NC [...]

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Named one of America's Top Twelve Small-Town ArtPlaces in April 2013 BY ArtPlace America, Highlands has a vibrant arts and culture scene. Lakeshore Marina & Sea Doo Rental Location:4623 Highway 107 North Glenville, NC 28736Phone:(828) 743-9998 View Website Signal Ridge Marina Location:4735 Highway 107 South Glenville, NC 28736Phone:(828) 743-2143 [...]

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There are dozens of easily accessible waterfalls that cascade their way through the mountains surrounding Highlands, with the added bonus of Glen Falls and Bridal Veil Falls only 3 miles from downtown. Explore with us. Dry Falls On US 64/28, 4 miles from Highlands. A pleasant walk from the highway, the [...]

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Scenic Overlooks

Looking for that perfect Instagram shot of your breathtaking surroundings! There are plenty of scenic overlooks that promise you picture perfect views, beautiful sunsets and quiet moments in the midst of nature. Blue Valley Overlook Located 3 1/2 miles SW of Highlands on NC Hwy. 106s. Looking from Blue Valley Overlook [...]

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Come Enjoy great food in the area. Wild Thyme Gourmet Location: 343 Main St, Highlands, NC 28741 Phone: (828) 526-4035 View Website Fressers Courtyard Cafe Location: 470 Oak St, Highlands, NC 28741 Phone: (828) 526-8847 View Website Meritage Bistro [...]

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Kid Friendly Activities

Mom, I'm bored is not a phrase you hear in Highlands! There are endless activities and attractions that will keep the kids busy all vacation long. Fun Factory in the Smokies Location: 1024 Georgia Rd, Franklin, NC 28734 Phone: (828) 349-8888 View Website Great Smoky [...]

By |2022-10-03T09:56:29-04:00August 28, 2022|Local Area Guide|Comments Off on Kid Friendly Activities

Hiking Trails

There are endless hiking trails in and around Highlands from short strolls perfect for a family outing to strenuous trails into the mountains. It's wildflowers and waterfalls all the way! Sunset Rocks 1.2 miles (round trip). Trail head: Horse Cove Rd., across from the Highlands Nature Center. Features: A rock outcropping [...]

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Tee off amidst the beauty of Highlands great outdoors surrounded by lush green forests and the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Highlands Country Club Location: 981 Dillard Road Highlands, NC 28741 Phone: (828) 526-2181 View Website High Hampton Country Club Location: 1525 Highway 107 [...]

By |2022-10-03T09:54:52-04:00August 28, 2022|Local Area Guide|Comments Off on Golf

Events and Festivals

There is always something happening in Highlands! Check out the Chamber Events Calendar for a list of year-round events and festivals. Highlands Motoring Festival June 7-10, 2018. The Highlands Motoring Festival is the premier motoring festival of the southeast. Location: Highlands, NC View Website Friday [...]

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Day Trips

Set in the heart of the Nantahala National Forest, there is beauty around every corner when explore the areas surrounding Highlands. Set out on a day trip to discover waterfalls, hiking trails and great activities and attractions. Lake Glenville 14 miles from Highlands lies Lake Glenville, a reservoir surrounded by mountains [...]

By |2022-10-03T09:53:19-04:00August 28, 2022|Local Area Guide|Comments Off on Day Trips
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