Blue Star Ranch

Blue Star Ranch offers carefully guided courses of discovery using a variety of techniques and coaches, including equines.

Photo by Charles Johnson

Discovery at Secret Falls

The not-so-secret Secret Falls still manages to maintain its aura of tranquility and wonder.
Photo Ed Boos

Brown Thrasher

This large songbird is similar to the Wood Thrush with a longer tail and lower streaks instead of spots.

Get Wet!

A few simple steps and a commitment to flexibility can transform a rainy day into a fruitful fishing experience.

Male Canada Warbler Photo by Tim Carstens

Oh Canada! The Warbler.

Welcome this rare avian namesake of our northern neighbor, whose presence here may be coming to an end.

It’s for The Birds

There are plenty of ways to keep our local bird populations healthy.
Photo by Clay Bolt

Seal Salamander

This salamander occurs throughout the mountains of Western North Carolina and are found in most forested stream situations.

By Any Other Name

Modest Rose Campion deserves her time in the spotlight. Her charms are subtle and seductive.


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

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