Marisa Weekes


Grant Abel

Activities & Restaurants


Wolfgang's 74 Main Street 828.526.3807 (Dinner)

Paoletti's Restaurant 440 Main Street 828.526.4906 (Dinner)

Lakeside Restaurant 531 Smallwood Avenue 828.526.9419 (Dinner)

Wild Thyme Gourmet 343 Main Street 828.526.8364 (Lunch & Dinner)

The Ugly Dog Pub 294 South Fourth Street 828.526.8364 (Lunch, Dinner & Late Night)

Mountain Fresh Grocery 521 Main Street 828.526.2400 (Breakfast & Lunch)

The Ruffed Grouse Tavern 270 Main Street 828.526.2590 (Lunch & Dinner)

Highlands Wine Shoppe 269 Oak Street 828.526.4080 (Drinks)

Bridge at Mill Creek 445 North Fourth Street 828.526.5500 (Lunch & Dinner)

SweeTreats 115 South Fourth Street 828.526.9632 (Ice Cream)


Highland Hiker- 601 Main Street - 828.526-5298
A full service hiking, camping, and fly fishing store offering guide service as well as recommendations for area hikes and maps.

Whiteside Mountain
Moderate hike, 2 miles, 1.5 hours. This is one of the best trails in the area for a panoramic view of the Nantahala Mountains. The trail is a lush and wooded 2 mile loop and 500 foot climb around the back side of the mountain. It is located midway between Highlands and Cashiers on Highway 64. Just west of the Jackson/Macon line is a sign designating a turn for
Whiteside Mountain.

Sunset Rock
Easy Hike, 15 - 20 minutes. A short walk leads to a natural cliffside where slabs of granite provide front row seats to beautiful sunsets and views over Highlands and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Across the street from Sunset Rock is the Highlands Botanical Gardens, a wooded canopy with walking trails and glimpses of local wildlife.

Quarry Falls (Bust Your Butt Falls)
15 min. drive This is a popular swimming hole and natural slide on the Cullasaja river along Highway 64. The many large rocks also make a great spot for picnicking and soaking up the sun. Take Highway 64 west for 6.5 miles and there will be a large pull off to the left.

Glen Falls
Glen Falls is a triple waterfall near Highlands with four great scenery stops along the two-mile roundtrip hike in the Nantahala National Forest. Take Highway 106 south, 1.7 miles, look for the sign to Glen Falls Scenic area on the left.

Dry Falls
A walking path allows you to go underneath a fabulous 75 foot waterfall. Take Highway 64 west, 3.25 miles from town.

Turtle Back Falls
Moderate, 3.5 miles. A 30 minute drive from town, but totally worth it. This trail leads to a very cool natural water slide, a large rock waterfall in the shape of a turtle's back.


The Old Edwards Club 688 Highlands Cove Drive 828.526.1783

Zip Lining

Highlands Aerial Park 9625 Dillard Road 828.526.8773

Local Art

The Bascom 323 Franklin Road 828.526.4949