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Highlands, NC Attractions, Adventure & Art in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Situated in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Highlands, NC offers a beautiful landscape for outdoor activities, a vibrant arts scene and many interesting cultural attractions. From hiking and golf courses to dining and shopping, this serene mountain village is an incredible destination for adventure and relaxation. Enjoy whitewater rafting and kayaking on the Nantahala River or go zip lining at Highlands Aerial Park. Take in a show at the Highlands Playhouse. See local, regional and international art exhibits, take art classes, enjoy special events and walk along the outdoor sculpture and nature trail at The Bascom: A Center for Visual Arts. Hit the links at the Old Edwards Club, hike to the top of scenic Whiteside Mountain or discover historic landmarks on a Highlands Heritage Trail walking tour. Your North Carolina mountain adventures begin at our rustic-chic Highlands hotel. View upcoming events and activities.

Highlands Plateau Greenway

Located directly behind 200 Main, the Highlands Plateau Greenway is a system of walking and hiking trails that protect and connect the natural settings and historic sites of the Highlands, NC area.

Whiteside Mountain

Hike up this majestic 4,930-foot mountain to enjoy colorful wildflowers, local wildlife and picturesque views of tree-filled landscapes.

Sunset Rock

Pack a picnic and hike to this natural rock formation for a bird's-eye view of charming Highlands village and the mountains.

The Bascom: A Center for the Visual Arts

See local, regional and international art exhibits, hike along a nature trail, and enjoy special events at this unique arts center.
323 Franklin Rd, Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 526-4949

Highland Excursions

Adventure Awaits! Unique, back-country tours bring you to spectacular rivers, lakes, waterfalls and mountain vistas on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. Custom Tours and Group Discounts Available! 

We pick you up at the hotel.


Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center

Live theater, opera, dance, and musical performances are the highlight of this vibrant entertainment complex and cultural center.
507 Chestnut St, Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 526-9047

Highlands Playhouse

Be entertained with live stage performances and world-class musical theater at the oldest summer playhouse in North Carolina.
362 Oak St, Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 526-2695
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