Outdoor Recreation in Highlands and Cashiers

Scroll below to search for Highlands NC and Cashiers NC waterfalls, lakes, hikes, overlooks and outdoor adventure and recreation.
Photo by Charles Johnson

Glorious Glen Falls

The transcendent beauty of Glen Falls is revealed in the sleepy winter months.

Growing Knowledge

The Highlands Biological Station fosters the research, teaching and training that are critical to preserving the Plateau’s unique natural heritage.


Whether you want to tackle a mountain or sit by a stream, you’ll find just what you’re looking for here. This is a premier golf destination, but there’s so much more available. There are streams to fish, public pools and tennis courts to enjoy and playgrounds, too. Winter sports include ice skating, skiing, tubing and hiking.

Outdoor Activities Results

Satulah Mountain Summit
Highlands, NC
Satulah Overlook offers spectacular views of Satulah Mountain, Hidden Falls and Blue Valley.   more
Secret Falls
Highlands, NC
Big Shoals Falls (aka Secret Falls) is a powerful sixty foot waterfall in the Pisgah National Forest south of Highlands, NC.   more
Signal Ridge Marina
Glenville, NC | Website
As a full service Marina offering Sales, Service, Storage, and Rentals, they strive to provide the best services to you.  more
Sunset Rock
Highlands, NC
Sunset Rock is an easy hike from downtown Highlands, but we’ll let you in on a little-known secret: You can drive to the top.   more
The Giant Popular Tree
Highlands , NC
If rare botanical treasures pique your interest, travel east on Highlands’ Main Street in Highlands into Horse Cove. You’ll come to Rich Gap Road on the right.  more
Tom's Golf Tours
Sky Valley, GA | Website
Custom Golf Tours to Scotland & Ireland  more
Van Hook Glade Campground
Highlands, NC | Website
Van Hook Glade Campground at Cliffside Lake is for campers who want to get away, but not too far away.  more
Whiteside Mountain
Highlands, NC
Whiteside Mountain is a mountain in Jackson County, North Carolina between Cashiers, Highlands, North Carolina. Whiteside Mountain can boast the highest cliffs in Eastern North America.  more
Whiteside Mountain Hike
Highlands , NC
This excellent loop, designated a National Recreation Trail, climbs to the top of Whiteside Mountain, with its spectacular 700' high cliff walls lofting the hiker for amazing views.   more
Wildcat Cliffs Country Club
Highlands, NC | Website
Wildcat Cliffs Country Club offers the best of golf, croquet, fitness, swimming, tennis and exceptional dining, all at the highest elevations and the coolest climate in the Highlands-Cashiers area.  more