Situated on a plateau in the southern Appalachian Mountains, Highlands, North Carolina is located within the Nantahala National Forrest, in Macon County, NC.
Highlands was founded in 1875 by Kelsey and Hutchinson. It is said they drew two lines one from Chicago to Savannah and the other from New York to New Orleans. Where these two lines crossed, Highlands became an early resort. It experienced rapid growth in the 1930’s and became a golfing mecca when golf legend Bobby Jones of Atlanta and several of his business associates established the Highlands Country Club.
Located just 2 hours from Atlanta, GA, Highlands Country Club is one of seven successful residential country club communities located in Highlands.
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.
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.
Wine Spectator Magazine recently nominated 6 local restaurants to receive their highly coveted award for fine dining. While here, be sure to take in a play at one of the four theaters. Founded in 1938, the Highlands Playhouse is a terrific historical venue. The Instant Theater Company was founded in 1981 and the Highlands Community Players was established in 1995. Hosting numerous touring groups, the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center is a local favorite.
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.