Highlands, NC Attractions

Time outdoors enjoying nature’s wonders on a Southern Appalachian Mountain plateau called Highlands, North Carolina, is almost a requirement. The many opportunities for taking in some beautiful scenery of the landscape and the environment beckon.

The list is long: Hiking trails, shopping in small-town antique shops and boutiques, attending local community festivals. It’s all here in Highlands.

This small town packed with culture and exuberance rises to an altitude of 4,118 feet, the highest of any community east of the Rocky Mountains. With cool, whispery summer weather, Highlands attracts visitors from many surrounding states, including Florida and Georgia.

What’s to see in Highlands? Explore springtime’s lush pink Mountain Laurel, autumn’s bold, brawny colors and winter’s brazen white vistas. Take a hike at Ravenel Park. Duck under waterfalls like Bridal Veil Falls or Dry Falls.

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Dining and Shopping in Highlands, NC

Seeking fine dining and superlative shopping in Highlands, North Carolina? It’s a simple matter of strolling the streets of this small town. The coveted “Wine Spectator Award of Excellence Restaurants” has been awarded to five Highlands restaurants.

While The Park on Main® provides a continental buffet breakfast to guests, lunch and dinner in Highlands and the surrounding areas is sure to amaze. Check out these restaurants to discover some excellent culinary and visual delights.

Old-fashioned downtown Highlands presents a hidden splendor of culture and commerce, which includes antique shops, furniture stores, art exhibits, stage productions and musical concerts. It’s all here – in a comfortable, cozy setting that makes living easy.

Learn more about the Highlands Community

Come to small town America. Return to an old-fashioned time where downtown strolls, festivals, arts and crafts shows and Chili cook-offs were woven into the fabric of the community. Come to Highlands, North Carolina, the pet-friendly city nestled comfortably amidst the Southern Appalachian Mountains – a place where Independence Day fireworks, fly-fishing tournaments and school fundraisers are a staple of life.

Bring your family and your pets and explore downtown Highlands during your stay at luxurious The Park on Main® hotel. Explore the sights, sounds and tastes of the highland.

Interested in learning even more about Highlands? Read Highland’s history.

Want more information about the city? Visit Highlands Visitor Center/Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Stay And Play In The Smokies?

Call us today for reservations. We would love to introduce you to our beautiful town.