Around The Mountain

Deep in the Nantahala Forest & Beyond

Beyond The Mountain and its wonderful views and serenity, there are many nearby attractions, shopping, and outdoor activities available.


Highlands is a high-elevation resort town centered just four miles from The Mountain, offering fine dining, including six restaurants with the prestigious Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. The town also offers a busy performing arts schedule that includes live theatre at the historic Highlands Playhouse and regularly scheduled music events at the Performing Arts Center as well as the Kelsey-Hutchinson Park. The Community of Highlands and beyond is quite remarkable and robust. Attracting people of many backgrounds, talents, and lifestyles. Being somewhat isolated and removed upon the elevation of the plateau has helped build a feeling of mutual cooperation and reliance between residences and business of Highlands. Creating relationships of respect and reciprocation that are informed, take pride, and give thanks to the natural surroundings.


The Mountain Hiking Trails

See The Mountain Office for trail maps to Glen Falls, Chinquapin Mountain, and Abe’s Creek.  These trail heads are located right at The Mountain.

Local Mountain Hiking Trails

See The Mountain Office for maps of  Rabun Bald, Scaly Mountain, Whiteside Mountain and Yellow Mountain.

Highlands Heritage Trail

Self-guided in-town tour of Highlands historical buildings and landmarks.  See The Mountain Office for maps.

Highlands Plateau Greenway Trail

For a leisurely hike through forests of oak, hickory, pine, fir, and old-growth rhododendron and mountain laurel in the understory.

Wine Country

Just down the mountain in Rabun County find three vineyards with tasting rooms open most days of the week.

12 Spies Vineyard and Farm

550 Black Branch Rd, Rabun Gap, GA – (813) 335-2886 (less than 15 miles from The Mountain).  A range of wines from sweet to dry – Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Tannat and Traminette – varietals that grow well in the climate and altitude of Rabun Gap, Georgia.

Stonewall Creek Vineyards

323 Standing Deer Ln, Tiger, GA 30576; (706) 212-0584 (27 miles from The Mountain). First grapes in 2005 – winery opened in August 2012 with rosé and Petit Manseng – first reds released in 2013, aged in French oak, Cabernet Franc and Malbec blend.

Tiger Mountain Vineyards

2592 Old 441 S, Tiger, GA 30576; (706) 782-4777 (36 miles from The Mountain) – red and white wines from grapes grown in Rabun County – ten acres of vines, planted in 1995 and 1996 on the Ezzards’ five-generations-old family farm – individually tended and hand-picked – mostly European vinifera – more than 195 awards – vineyard and tasting room open year round.


Bridal Veil Falls

The only waterfall in North Carolina that you can drive behind! This picturesque 100 ft. falls cascading over Hwy 64/28 (Franklin Road) is just 7 miles from The Mountain.

Dry Falls

Walk behind this 75′ tall waterfall or enjoy the view on the wheelchair accessible viewing deck. Just past Bridal Veil Falls on the right (coming from Highlands) with restroom facilities and multiple parking spots. Located on Hwy 64/28 (Franklin Road) just 7.7 miles from The Mountain.

Bust Your Butt Falls

This popular swimming hole and natural slide is just 3 miles past Dry Falls. Located on Hwy 64/28 West (Franklin Road), 10.5 miles from The Mountain, on the Cullasaja River – parking on the left and right (use caution).

Cullasaja Falls

A 250 ft. cascade on Hwy. 64/28 (Franklin Road), 13 miles from The Mountain – one of the most photographed falls in NC.

Glen Falls

Just 4 miles by road from The Mountain. Drive north from The Mountain 2.9 miles toward Highlands on the Dillard Road. Turn right on Forest Service Road 1618, and drive 1 mile to a parking lot. From there a steep trail leads down to the falls.  A series of three large waterfalls each dropping 50 feet on the east fork of Overflow Creek in the Blue Valley area. The foot trail down to the falls is steep.

Whitewater Falls

411 ft. falls – 28 miles from The Mountain, on 107 S beyond Cashiers –  sign and road to falls on left.


Blue Valley Overlook

One mile SW of The Mountain on Hwy 106 S (Dillard Road). On a clear night you can see lights from Seneca, SC.

Osage Overlook

Hwy 106 South (Dillard Road) across from Bartram Trail entrance – great views of Scaly and Osage Mountains

Whiteside/Cowee Gap Overlook

Just 10.5 miles from The Mountain on 64 E (Cashiers Road). A magnificent view of Whiteside Mountain and its dramatic cliffs.

Sunset Rock

An easy 20-minute hike beginning at the east end of Main Street, across from the Nature Center.

Satulah Overlook

South of Main Street on 285 (Fourth Street) – spectacular view of Satulah Mountain, Hidden Falls, and Blue Valley.


Sky Valley Country Club

Scenic, newly renovated 18-hole course – reasonable fees – off Hwy 106/Dillard Road between Highlands and Dillard, GA – 15 minutes from The Mountain. For tee times call: (706) 746 5303.

High Hampton

An 18-hole George Cobb course at the historic High Hampton Inn. Turn right at traffic light in Cashiers onto 107 South.  Look for entrance on left side of the road. For tee times call: (828) 743-2450.

Sapphire Mountain

A Ron Garl semi-private 18-hole course in the Sapphire Valley community – on Hwy 64 east beyond Cashiers. Pro Shop: (828) 743-1174.


Highlands Plateau Audubon Society

Elevation and rich flora make Highlands a premier birding hot spot, particularly during spring migrations.

Gem Mining

Jackson Hole Trading Post

25 miles from The Mountain. Try your hand at gem mining and keep what you find!

Winter Skiing

Sapphire Valley Ski Area

Sapphire, NC – one of the South’s most active ski resorts – upgraded chair lift and snow making equipment. Amenities include a base lodge, Four Seasons Grille, ski retail shop and ski rental shop.

Cataloochee Ski Area

Maggie Valley, NC – ski rental shop, The Shop (retail – souvenirs and minor equipment) – classes and private lessons – Tube World nearby.

Horseback Riding

Arrowmont Stables

276 Arrowmont Trail, Cullowhee, NC 28723 – 21 miles north of The Mountain – ring and trail riding –

(828) 743-2762 or (800) 682-1092

Dillard House Stables

1153 Franklin St, Dillard, GA 30537 – 13 miles southwest of  The Mountain – guided horseback riding for the whole family – (706) 746-2038

Heritage Centers


Hike through history at our Appalachian Village made up of over 20 historic log structures, each home to various artifacts representative of life in the mountains. Discover all that the spacious outdoor museum offers, including a half-mile walking trail and ample space to social distance. Put on your walking shoes and come for a visit!

The Hambidge Center

The Hambidge Center provides a residency program that empowers talented individuals to explore, develop, and express their creative voices. Situated on 600 acres in the mountains of north Georgia, Hambidge is a sanctuary of time and space that inspires individuals working in a broad range of disciplines to create works of the highest caliber.

Mountain Biking

The First-Timer’s Guide to Mountain Biking in Western North Carolina

Our beautiful terrain provides mountain biking at its best – lazy dirt roads, dramatic single track trails – gentle to rugged – something for everyone.


A complete guide to North Carolina mountain bike trails.


Yoga Highlands

We are NC State licensed as an “Art of Healing” local business, offering training in Classical Yoga, Private Yoga Therapy Sessions, Group Workshops and Individual Ayurveda Retreats. As experienced and professional teachers and bodyworkers, we excel in adapting the art and science of yoga to the individual.

Zipline Tours

Highlands Aerial Park

Canopy tours, challenge courses for all ages, giant swings, tree climbing,  and team building, theres something for all. We’re just 9 miles from Highlands and 5 Miles off hwy 441. Our entrance is on the main Dillard Road, but you’ll quickly escape into the forest and feel worlds away.

Survival School

Warrior Survival School

A situational and mental resiliency training non-profit. While primarily focusing on Veterans and First Responders, we also offer corporate, family and small group coaching. Learn how to process, adapt, and prevail during both minor and sever situational abnormalities.

Local Brewery

Satulah Mountain Brewing

Situated in the heart of Highlands, North Carolina, Satulah Mountain Brewing Co. produces premium craft beer inspired by the wild places that surround us.


Dilllsboro River Co.

Welcome to Dillsboro River Company. We provide family-friendly whitewater rafting on the Tuckasegee River, just outside of Dillsboro, Sylva, and Bryson City, North Carolina. The Tuckasegee is the ideal river for first-time rafters, families with young children

JJ Tubes

JJ’s Tubes has tubes in all sizes and types.  In addition to helping you select the appropriate tube for you and your family, JJ’s friendly staff will tie your tubes down on your vehicle and answer any questions you may have about tubing on Deep Creek.

Cool River

Cool off, relax, and enjoy a leisurely float. Our season runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Choose between our 1 hour or 2 hour trip.

Cherokee Tubing

Come relax and cool off on a hot summer day on the gently flowing Oconaluftee River while enjoying the scenic beauty of the Smoky Mountains. While tubing take a moment to enjoy the swimming holes and a trip off the rope swing.


Southeastern Expeditions

Chattooga River White Water Rafting; there’s nothing like it. Your destination, the river called the Crown Jewel of the Southeast, is undammed and remains the only river East of the Mississippi that hosts commercial rafting while bearing the national designation of a Wild and Scenic River.

Smokey Mountain River Adventures

Visitors and locals alike love to spend a gorgeous summer day playing, paddling, floating and splashing on the friendly Tuckaseegee River. Perfect for first timers, groups and families thanks to gentle rapids (Class 1 and 2) and easy river access.

Nantahala Outdoor Center

Join NOC on a wide range of outdoor adventures for any ability level, explore new outdoor skills with our renowned Paddling and SOLO Southeast training schools, access the best in adventure gear at three retail stores, or visit our world-famous Nantahala location — offering adventure, retail, riverside dining, events, and lodging options for your next adventure.

Local Kennels

As The Mountain has a no pet policy, we would refer incoming guest with pets to check in with nearby kennels and boarders for your animals before your stay.

Mountain Dog Spa

Cashiers Dog Destination

Paula’s Pet Paradise

Franklin, NC

Creekside Kennels

Franklin, NC

Shady Oaks Boarding Kennel

Tiger, GA

Noah’s Playground

Franklin, NC

Visiting The Mountain

Visiting The Mountain

Planning a Retreat

Planning a Retreat

Meeting Spaces

Meeting Spaces

Lodging Spaces

Lodging Spaces

Dining at The Mountain

Dining at The Mountain

Map of The Mountain

Map of The Mountain

Around The Mountain

Around The Mountain

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities