DescriptionAt the junction of two scenic highways—US 64 running northeast to Brevard and SR 28 running northwest to Franklin—Highlands is situated in the midst of a temperate rain forest, a rare environment in the eastern United States. Serene fishing spots are thus in good supply, but this popular summer resort also boasts upscale Main Street shopping, good restaurants and an abundance of outdoor opportunities.
Theatrical, musical and other events are held throughout the year at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center, 507 Chestnut St.; phone (828) 526-9047 for schedule information. During the summer the center hosts the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival; for additional details phone (828) 526-9060.
For a glimpse of local history, check out Highlands Historic Village, 524 N. 4th St. Here stands the town's oldest residence, the 1877 House-Boynton-Trapier-Wright Home. Also in the village are the 1908 Bug Hill Cottage, one of 60 outdoor chambers constructed as part of a tuberculosis sanatorium, and Highlands Historical Museum. Phone (828) 787-1050.
Find out what’s blooming in Highlands Botanical Garden, 265 N. 6th St.; phone (828) 526-2602. Several trails traverse the grounds through woodlands and along streams where native plants thrive. Guided tours are offered Monday at 10:30, late May through early August. Six hiking trails wind through Cliffside Lake Recreation Area, 4 miles northwest of Highlands via SR 28 and Highlands Road.
Visitor InfoHighlands Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center 108 Main St. HIGHLANDS, NC . Phone:(828)526-2112 or (866)526-5841
Things to SeeCullasaja River Gorge