Cashiers North Carolina, the beautiful village famously known as "The Heart Of The Blue Ridge Mountains", is located high on a plateau in the Blue Ridge Mountains at the southern end of Jackson County in western North Carolina. Our singularly unique geography and temperate rain forest boasts hundreds of waterfalls, quiet lakes and stone mountains. Come marvel at our amazingly beautiful forests full of wild mountain laurel and rhododendron. Cashiers NC is prized for it's four distinct and wonderful seasons without the drastic temperature swings. Generally up here in the mountains we are twenty degrees cooler than the surrounding areas of the southeast.Sitting at 3,484 feet elevation at the crossroads of Highways 107 and 64, there is a little bit of everything here to enjoy for native families, visitors, and part-time residents alike. Life in the wonderful mountain community of Cashiers NC is as multifaceted as its landscape. Diverse shopping, award-winning dining, and many outdoor activities including trout fishing, hiking, camping, boating and more await you. We have award-winning elementary and high schools, as well as Southwestern Community College (ranked #7 nationally) and Western Carolina University nearby.
A fantastic new hangout that arrived in 2018 is Whiteside Brewing Co (128 NC-107, Cashiers) with Bavarian-style beers with six year-round taps and a seventh rotating hearty ale. In addition to their craft beers, the menu includes great burgers and paninis with plenty of outdoor seating. It's part of the Jackson County Ale Trail with other breweries in Sylva and Dillsboro. Outdoor Fun: Stroll through the Village Green, a 12-acre park with outdoor sculpture by renowned artists, walking paths, boardwalks over wetlands and beautiful gardens. For plenty of local advice, stop by the Visitors Center at the Cashiers Chamber of Commerce, 202 US Hwy 64 West near the center of town. Shopping: Find two interesting historic stops. See the smallest post office in the USA in Grimshawes, about 5.5 miles south of town. On the way, stop at the 1852 Zachary-Tolbert House (1940 Highway 107 South) that survived for 150 years without electricity, indoor plumbing or central heat. Tour the inside of the historic home on summer Friday and Saturdays. Read more about both stops. Hiking: The best hike near Cashiers is iconic Whiteside Mountain, a relatively easy 2-mile hike along a rock face with fabulous views. See our Whiteside Mountain Guide. Twice a year, watch the Shadow of the Bear appear across the valley behind Whiteside Mountain from an overlook along US 64 (read more). A more challenging 10-mile round-trip hike takes you to the top of Yellow Mountain.
Highlands has been a mountain respite for over a century, allowing our visitors to unwind while being treated to the finest amenities. Highlands is one of the highest towns east of the Mississippi River, with an elevation at 4,118 feet. It's also located in one of the few temperate rainforests in North America. While this mountain resort town along scenic drive Highway 64 only has a year-round population of 3,200, it swells to over 18,000 in the summer. It's located only ten miles from Cashiers. n addition to a multitude of outdoor activities in the surrounding Nantahala National Forest, Highlands boasts exquisite restaurants, fabulous shopping and a great cultural arts scene. The "postcard" downtown offers plenty of art galleries, antique stores and upscale boutiques. Five of the restaurants have been awarded the coveted Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. In the middle of downtown Highlands is Old Edwards Inn and Spa, a resort consisting of the historic main building, a full-service European–style spa, Madison’s Restaurant and Wine Garden. If you are looking for a cultural experience, they have professional summer stock theater at the Highlands Playhouse, the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music concerts, the American Museum of Cut and Engraved Glass, improvisation at the Instant Theater and varied other productions. The Center for Life Enrichment offers several classes each week on varied topics. Enjoy the auction at Scudders or shows at various art galleries. Highlands Heritage Trail is a walking tour of the historic downtown area. There are two options: a three block walk and a 20-block walk (3.5 miles) with 51 historic spots along the way. The Bascom's visual arts center offers more than 60 classes and workshops between June and October. Fourteen artists-in-residence offer classes as well as lectures to the public. Their gallery always has a wonderful show. It's a must see. And we love riding through their covered bridge entrance. Arts: For the latest performing arts events, check out the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival, Highlands Playhouse and Highlands Cashiers Players. Waterfalls: There are beautiful waterfalls to see, and many of them required little walking to enjoy. Walk behind Dry Falls! Drive behind Bridal Veil Falls. See Cullasaja Falls from the Mountain Waters Scenic Highway. Hike to Glen Falls. For more, see our Highlands Waterfall Guide. Hiking: See our Whiteside Mountain Guide for the area's best hike. Cliffside Lake has an easy 3/4-mile walk around the lake and the Vista Trail with a good bit of climbing. Sunset Rock (take Main Street 1/2 mile east to Nature Center) is a 1/2-mile walk to the top for beautiful sunset views seen over the town while you sit on slabs of granite. Adjacent Highlands Botanical Gardens has garden paths for strolling. Fishing: Fly fish for Brown, Rainbow and Wild Brook Trout with local guides on many rivers in the area: the Nantahala, Tuckasegee, Cullasaja, Chattooga, White Water and Panther Town Valley. May-October are the prime fishing months. Golf: There are many private courses in the area. Sky Valley Resort and Country Club is a public course in Sky Valley, Georgia, just 15 minutes from Highlands, with elevations up to 4,000 ft. and stunning vistas. Shadow of the Bear: See this unique image emerge from behind Whiteside Mountain several weeks each year. Read more about the Shadow of the Bear. See more of our 25 Coolest NC Mountain Small Towns. Highlands Directions from Asheville: I-26 to exit 40/Highway 280/Airport exit to Brevard. Then follow US Highway 64 to Cashiers. Very scenic drive, but many curves between Brevard and Cashiers. Highlands is 10 miles past Cashiers. Allow two hours. 73 miles. Faster Route: Take I-40 West to route 23/74 W towards Waynesville. Take 23/74W to 23/441 towards Dillsboro, Sylva and Franklin. At Franklin stay on the bypass and take U.S. Highway 64 East to Highlands. 85 miles, 1.5 hour drive.
Lake Glenville is pristine reservoir located just 8 miles from Cashiers in Jackson County. Located in a beautiful North Carolina mountain rain forest, the lake has 26 miles of shoreline and is the highest elevation of any lake east of the Mississippi. It offers plenty of things to do for outdoors-lovers, including tubing, skiing, paddleboarding, kneeboarding, swimming and fishing. Waterfalls A unique feature for a lake is three waterfalls! Rent a boat from Signal Ridge Marina and explore the lake to Norton Falls, Hurricane Falls and Mill Creek Falls, along with the flowers and lush foliage. Take a picnic or watch the sunset over the lake. Fishing For the fisherman, the lake has large and small mouth bass, walleye, yellow perch. crappie, rainbow and brown trout, large brim and a few catfish. Best fishing is in the spring with walleye and bass below the falls and on the rocks. Crappie and brim move on the banks and trout over the channel. Summer is best early and late in the day. In fall, the trout and walleye move shallower as the water cools. Again, check with Signal Ridge Marina for advice and any help with your boat or renting one. The lake bottom plunges as steeply as the mountains that meet the shore. The depth a short distance from the water's edge may reach 80 feet or more. Beach Amenities at the Pines Recreation Area include a sandy mountain beach, swim area, fishing pier, picnic tables, vault toilets and a parking lot. It's also fully handicap accessible. From Highway 107 in Glenville, take Pine Creek Road two miles to the signed "Pines Recreation Area" on the left. Free admission. No pets allowed here. High Falls Just below the dam is the 150-ft. High Falls. A new hiking trail takes you to the base, starting across the road from Pine Recreation Area. On several days each year, big volumes of water are released from the dam to create a thundering waterfall with plenty of water for kayakers to navigate down the river. Read about the hike to High Falls. lenville is in south-central Jackson County at coordinates 35°10'24"N, 83°7'45"W (35.1734296, -83.129311). It is on the east side of Lake Glenville (formerly Thorpe Lake), a reservoir on the West Fork of the Tuckasegee River. North Carolina Highway 107 passes through the community, leading north (downriver) 16 miles (26 km) to Cullowhee and south 5 miles (8 km) to Cashiers.
The original town was destroyed in 1941 by Nantahala Power and Light after it built a hydroelectric dam, forming Lake Glenville on the Tuckasegee River. The area next to the lake is still called Glenville, however, and has United States Postal Service ZIP Code 28736, assigned mostly to the many vacation homes now built around the lake. The area is now a popular tourist and second home destination, and the lake has many multimillion-dollar homes around it. Lake Glenville is renowned for bass fishing and annually hosts bass fishing tournaments. Smallmouth bass live abundantly in Lake Glenville, as well do lake trout, crappie, largemouth bass, bream, and perch species. Certain species of catfish also live in the lake, mainly "channel cats". There are numerous creeks that produce the water for Lake Glenville, including Cedar creek (Cedar Creek and Bee Tree Creek combined), Mill Creek, Hurricane Creek, and Pine Creek, as well as other natural springs consumed at the base of the lake. Lake Glenville is the highest reservoir east of the Mississippi,with a surface elevation of 3,492 feet (1,064 m). It is a popular area due to families seeking refuge from the summer heat of the South. The average summer temperature in Glenville is approximately 83 °F (28 °C).This is much lower than the average summer temperatures in the surrounding 100 miles.
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