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.

Zahner Conservation Lectures

Go to www.highlandsbiological.org or call (828) 526-2221

Mountain Laurel and Oliver Creek photo by Peter Ray

As Right as Rain

A day of rain imparts its own glorious lesson, to those with open hearts and open minds.


What's Bugging You?

The careful application of select plants throughout your garden can spare you a passel of pesky pests and itchy invaders.

Female Rose-breasted Grosbeak by William McReynolds.

A Rose is a Rose is a Rose-breasted Grosbeak

The bold plumage and joyful voice of the Rose-Breasted Grosbeak make this bird a local favorite.


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.

Chris Wilkes Highland Hiker

Jaida and her favorite llama friend, Lightning - Big Brother and Big Sisters of Highlands-Cashiers

Mountain Wildlife Days at Sapphire Valley Resort

Outdoor Activities Results

Ammons Branch
Highlands, NC | Website
Ammons Branch Primitive Camping Area is a little-used gem that’s so far off the Beaten Path that it may not be accessible by car after heavy rains.   more
Blue Valley Campground
Highlands, NC | Website
Blue Valley Primitive Camping Area offers secluded outdoor life in one of the most scenic locations in Western North Carolina.  more
Blue Valley Overlook
Highlands, NC
Blue Valley gets its name from the natural haze that shades the valley and its surrounding carpet of mountains.  more
Bridal Veil Falls
Highlands, NC
Bridal Veil Falls is the first of many beautiful waterfalls in the Cullasaja Gorge near Highlands, North Carolina.   more
Bust Your Butt Falls
Highlands, NC
Located on US 64 west, you’ll come to Bust Your Butt Falls.   more
Carpe Diem Farms
Highlands, NC | Website
Chattooga Narrows Trail
Highlands, NC
The moderate Chattooga Narrows Trail offers a three-mile workout surrounded by nature’s beauty.  more
Chinquapin Mountain Trail
Highlands, NC
The 3.2 mile Chinquapin Mountain Trail starts at the Glen Falls parking area.   more
Chinquapin Mountain Trail
Highlands, NC
The 3.2 mile Chinquapin Mountain Trail starts at the Glen Falls parking area.   more
Cliffside Lake Recreational Area
Highlands, NC
Located in the Nantahala National Forest just a short distance from Highlands off of 106, Cliffside is perfect for a day or afternoon trip.   more