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.

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Highlands Botanical Gardens
Highlands , NC
Across the street from Sunset Rock is the Highlands Botanical Gardens, an endlessly fascinating stroll that features a little waterfall and a wetlands boardwalk.   more
Highlands Falls Country Club
Highlands, NC | Website
Life at Highlands Falls is a flurry of activity from the opening of the Club in May through its closing at the end of October.  It is here that Members find a place to escape from the stresses of everyday life, connect with family and friends, forge close friendships, and create lasting memories.   more
Highlands Nature Center
Highlands, NC | Website
Highlands Nature Center was founded as the museum of the Highlands Biological Station in 1927, and was originally housed as an annex to the Hudson Library.  more
Highlands Plateau Audubon Society
Highlands, NC | Website
The mission of the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society is to provide opportunities to enjoy and learn about birds and other wildlife and to promote conservation and restoration of the habitats that support them.  more
Lake Glenville
Glenville, NC
Lake Glenville is a reservoir located 8 miles from Cashiers. The lake bottom plunges as steeply as the mountains that meet the shore. The depth a short distance from the water’s edge may register 80 feet (24 m) or more. The lake also has 26 miles (42 km) of shoreline and highest elevation lake east of the Mississippi encompassing 1450 acres.  more
Osage Overlook
Highlands, NC
For an awe-inspiring glimpse of the region as it must have been 100 years ago, visit the Osage Overlook and its spectacular views of Scaly and Osage Mountains.   more
Overflow Road Campground
Highlands, NC
Overflow Road Primitive Camping Area is the spot for serious campers who want to leave the 21st century far behind.   more
Picklesiemer Rockhouse Falls
Highlands, NC
Catch Picklesimer Rockhouse Falls after (or during) a good rain and you will be treated to a beautiful display as the water cascades over the sixty foot cliff and disappears into the rhododendron in the creek below.   more
Ralph J. Andrews County Park
Glenville, NC | Facebook
Ralph J. Andrews County Park, located right in the town of Glenville offers 47 campsites, full RV hook-ups, tent sites, primitive campsites, picnic areas, fishing areas, hot showers, bathrooms and a dump station.   more
Rhodes Big View
Highlands, NC
Rhodes Big View, 5.5 miles from downtown Highlands on US 64, captures the majesty that has ensorcelled its audience since the time of the Cherokee. Photo by Terry Barnes.  more