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7 Spectacular Things to Do in Highlands, NC in the Fall

Highlands, North Carolina invites guests to explore its scenic streets and soaring mountaintops while staying in town. During the fall season, guests are treated to breathtaking views of the town while going about their daily life. From shopping on Main Street to hiking up trails, you’re sure to see some gorgeous views of North Carolina. Here is our list of the top things to do in Highlands during the fall!

1. Visit Waterfalls

Gaze upon the changing leaves draped around some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the area. Two desirable places to visit while staying in Highlands are Dry Falls and Bridal Veil Falls. Chase waterfalls, enjoy an afternoon stroll, and take in the surrounding beauty of Highlands.

2. Wander Through Highlands Botanical Gardens

Spanning 12 acres, Highlands Botanical Gardens truly showcases a unique experience from the moment you arrive. Wander through the bustling butterfly garden or walk to the nearby azalea draped paths. The garden is accessible at Highlands Nature Center.

Located at 930 Horse Cove Rd, Highlands, NC 28741

3. Explore the Streets of Downtown

Take advantage of The Park on Main’s prime location in the heart of downtown Highlands and visit some of the many shops and restaurants situated across town. Pop in for a coffee at Calder’s Coffee Café before heading over to favorite local shops such as Rosenthal’s.

4. Support Local Art Galleries

At just 0.7 miles down the road from our hotel lies The Bascom—a gorgeous 6 building gallery featuring a collection of artwork and over 6-acres of sprawling land. Appreciate local and historic artwork at this truly spectacular art gallery.

Located at 323 Franklin Road, Highlands, NC 28741

5. Climb Whiteside Mountain

Those interested in outdoor adventure will love walking or hiking up Whiteside Mountain. Visitors that complete the trail are treated to soaring views of Highlands accompanied with beautiful fall weather. It is recommended that you spend 2 to 3 hours tackling this low effort trail.

6. Hike Our Trails

Traverse the Chattooga Loop Trail during your stay in Highlands! This light to moderate difficulty trail is perfect for new hikers or families looking to get outside and appreciate nature. For the more experienced hiker, be sure to check out the Yellow Mountain Trail—arguably the most difficult trail in the area!

7. Attend Live Concerts & Shows

Regardless of when you visit, Highlands always has tons of events popping up around town. Live shows and festivals range from themes of food and wine to painting and homemade goods. Be sure to check out the upcoming events in the local area before booking your stay with us.

Visit Highlands Today

These are just a few wonderful elements that make our town one to remember however, we are happy to suggest additional activities at your request. For more information on things to do in the area, ask our team of dedicated staff members. At The Park on Main, we encourage you to branch out and explore more that our town has to offer. Begin planning your visit today! 

Premium hotel rooms situated at the base of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

The Park on Main | Highlands, North Carolina | King bed with nightstand and room amenities

Located near a variety of breathtaking waterfalls and nearby hiking trails.

The Park on Main | Highlands, North Carolina | Water rushing down rocks

Our property is completely dog-friendly & focuses on pampering you and your pet. 

The Park on Main | Highlands, North Carolina | Dog shaped dog cookie in a water bowl