Photo by Terry Barnes

Stroll to the Narrows

The beguiling Chattooga River Narrows Trail offers an irresistible escape from the stresses of the season.

Carolina Wren

Winter’s Quiet Bird Presence

Even though the winter woods are hushed, they’re still teeming with our feathered neighbors.

The Boar’s Head

Who invited those boars? Feral swine have earned a nasty reputation in our local woods.

Outdoors

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

Cliffside Vista Trail
Highlands, NC
Cliffside Lake Recreation Area boasts numerous hiking opportunities, including an interpretive loop trail describing shrubs and trees along the Cliffside Vista Trail.  more
Cullasaja Falls
Highlands, NC
Three miles past Bust Your Butt Falls on Highway 64 is the breathtaking Cullasaja Falls.  more
Devil’s Courthouse
Highlands, NC
The winding trail to the Devil’s Courthouse is a celebration of beauty and an occasion for adventure.  more
Dry Falls
Highlands, NC | Dry Falls @ Wikipedia
A mile past Bridal Veil is the strangely named Dry Falls. Don’t let the name fool you – there’s nothing even remotely arid about this roaring 75-foot deluge.  more
Ellicott’s Rock Wilderness
Highlands, NC
Ellicott’s Rock Wilderness is a 8,274-acre tract of unspoiled mountain land that surrounds the point at which Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina come together.   more
Fairfield Lake
Sapphire Valley, NC
Scenic Fairfield Lake offers swimming, canoe, kayak and electric motor boat rentals, fishing for bass and bream, and first-class views of Bald Rock in every season.  more
Glen Falls
Highlands, NC
Glen Falls is located off a dirt road three miles south of Highlands off NC 106 south.   more
Glen Falls Trail
Highlands, NC
Glen Falls Trail is 2.8 miles round-trip, with a 15-minute hike to the first falls.  more
Gorges State Park
Sapphire, NC | Website
Gorges State Park is set in the midst of plunging waterfalls, rugged river gorges, sheer rock walls and a high concentration of rare species.  more
Highlands Aerial Park
Scaly Mountain, GA | Website
Highlands Aerial Park offers an unparalleled hawk’s-eye view of the Southern Appalachians.  more

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