Blue Star Ranch

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

Revisiting the Bartram Trail

The hushed portion of the Bartram Trail from Jones Gap to Whiterock Mountain is generous in its sublime wonders to those who take the time to notice.

Never Too Hot for Smallmouth

During the Dog Days, while trout take a summer sabbatical, Smallmouth Bass take the spotlight in an explosive manner.
Ovenbird photo by Glenn Bartley

The Oven Bird

A message for our time and our place, courtesy of the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society.

Warrior Survival School

Overland Unlimited Bridge of Hope finds a welcome home in the Peggy Crosby Center.

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.

Pete and his feathered friends

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
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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

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