Highlands NC Things To Do

Discover a Wide Array of Things to Do in Highlands, NC

2021 update: We’re almost there…but please check with the Highlands Chamber of Commerce (highlandschamber.org) to find out about any specific limitations of activities due to COVID19. 

Highlands offers a wide array of things to do while you’re here (Of course, many folks come here to do nothing and that’s all right too). The climate in Highlands is cooler because of our high elevation (average town limits elevation is 4118 ft), and the large amount of rainfall we receive each year (usually between 70-90 inches), and the amount of forest lands that surround us.

We are in the Nantahala National Forest which is surrounded by The Chattahoochee, Cherokee, Great Smoky Mountains, and Pisgah National Forest. Our mountains are some of the oldest in the world, and having the Forest lands so near makes it easy for hiking, backpacking, or driving through to see its beauty. We are close to the Appalachian Trail, and The Blue Ridge Parkway. Other attractions within a 2 to 4 hour drive are: Great Smoky Mountain Railway, Cherokee Indian Reservation, Harrah’s Casino, Biltmore House & Gardens, Sliding Rock, Trail of Tears Outdoor Drama, Dollywood, Skiing, Hot Springs, Park Seed Co. and Trial Gardens, Santa Land, Carrowinds, Six Flags over Georgia, and the list goes on and on. Let Highlands be your destination- the others are just side trips.

More locally: Golf at one of the close by public golf courses- all within 45 minutes of town. Tennis anyone? There are public and private tennis courts sprinkled around town. We have a domed year round heated pool available for adult and family swimming, water aerobics and lap swimming. In winter, there’s ice skating in the park, and snow tubing at the Scaly Mountain outdoor center. There’s also a zip line course nearby. Shopping- The Shopping experience in Highlands is hard to match. We have upscale clothing stores (cashmere and furs) down to Tee shirt shops and everything in between. Shopping for outdoor gear for hiking, or fishing? We have those, and guides for hire to help you along your way as well.

As for the cultural scene, we have live theatre that boasts some of the best entertainment in the Smoky Mountains as well as first run movies at Highlands Playhouse. There are performances of all kinds at the Performing Arts Center, and the art works on display at The Bascom, our local gallery is second to none. Shopping for antiques? Highlands has some of the best antique stores in the Blue Ridge Mountain region. So you see, whether you come to the mountains of Western North Carolina for its shopping, dining, golf, tennis, fishing, hiking, or just to relax and spend some memory making time on your next  family vacation, Chambers Realty & Vacation Rentals is here to guide you.

Highlands has some of the best medical care around, thanks to the many physicians that are affiliated with our Highlands Cashiers Hospital. We have physicians  and surgeons trained and/or affiliated with Emory University, Duke University, John Hopkins Hospital, Mayo Clinic, as well as other fine hospital teaching schools. While on your vacation, should a need for medical care arise you’ll be in good hands at Highlands – Cashiers Hospital.

We love our town, and want you to love it too. We don’t have any of the chain restaurants or shopping malls or outlet stores- but all are within a 30 minute to 2 hour drive- so we don’t need them here. The natural beauty of these hills is what we need and crave. We want to share it all with you- so you will feel its tranquility and will want to love and protect it as much as we do. Highlands NC Highlands NC