|About The Highlands Area|
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Situated on a plateau in the southern Appalachian Mountains, Highlands, North Carolina is located within the Nantahala National Forrest, in Macon County, NC.
This little hamlet of 950 people swells to 30,000 during the peak vacation season of March to November. Local rental homes, hotels, inns and bed and breakfast are typically filled to capacity during this peak period from spring to fall.
Offering a respite from the oppressive summer heat and humidity experienced in the Southeastern United States; Highlands, NC owes its cool, mild temperatures to being located on the eastern continental divide. Average July highs are 78 degrees and overnight lows average 57 degrees. The area experiences above average annual participation with a few scattered snow events in the winter months.
Shop, Eat, Drink & Play!
If you happen to get caught by a passing rain shower when hiking to Glen Falls, be sure to advantage of the many antique dealers, auctions and assorted shopping opportunities available in Highlands.
Of course, nature itself beckons visitors and residents alike to get out and play. Many outdoor recreational options are available including hiking, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, swimming, fly fishing, horseback riding and gem mining. While hiking, be sure to take in Whitewater Falls. Plunging 411 feet, this waterfall is the highest waterfall east of the Rockies.