March 15, 2017 Written by

The sweet whisper of spring in the mountains flows across Southern Appalachia’s landscape, rolling, rugged, young and beautiful, calling earthly inhabitants to come and behold. It’s the artistry. It’s the brilliance. It’s the serenity.

It’s spring break in the mountains at The Park on Main®, the luxury, pet-friendly, award-winning hotel in Highlands, North Carolina. This is the place for grand living, for creating lifelong memories, for the vacation of vacations.

Let’s go straight to Highlands, North Carolina, in the misty shroud nestled quietly, mysteriously atop the Great Smoky Mountains. In the springtime. As the horizon begins to come alive.

Cool Temperatures, Colorful Landscapes

spring break in the mountains

Daily temperatures range from a high of 55 to a low of 32. The first day of spring is March 20. It will end peacefully on June 21. It is the season of new life.

Here are some lovely excursions for those fortunate few who take advantage of spring break in the mountains:

  • The Chattooga Narrows Trail is three miles and runs along streams and through North Carolina’s quiet, rustic forests. It ranks moderate in difficulty. You’ll walk along the Chattooga Trail and the Chattooga River Narrows. You’ll cross the Cain Creek on a log and walk along Whiteside Road.
  • The 2-mile Chattooga Loop Trail, moderate in difficulty, takes you past rippling waterfalls. The trail begins to the left of the Iron Bridge about seven miles from downtown Highlands.
  • The 6.3-mile Chattooga River Trail is a challenging nature hike following the Chattooga River upstream from the Iron Bridge to Whiteside Cove Road. During most of this hike, you’ll pass through a rhododendron canopy.
  • At nearly a mile, popular Granite City sneaks through rugged boulder areas, through picturesque deep forest and past unexpected caves and ledges. Afraid of height? You might want to stay away.
  • The 1.6-mile Satulah Mountain snakes along an old rock bed to a peak south of Highlands and takes you to an elevation of 4,543 feet, giving you a 270-degree view of the south, the east and the west. Piedmont, the Blue Valley and Rabun Bald are in view.
  • At slightly more than a half mile, Sunset Road lazily leads you to a natural cliff-side amphitheater deep in frontier woods.
  • At a moderate two miles, the Whiteside Mountain path weaves its way along 700-foot cliff walls to the top of the mountain, providing breath-taking views of the surrounding landscape.


Looking for a beautiful place to spend your spring break – with family or friends? We at The Park on Main® invite you to explore the wonders of Highlands, North Carolina for yourself. Visit us or make reservations today.

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About The Park on Main

The Park on Main hotel is located in the quaint village of Highlands, North Carolina, a picturesque mountain retreat nestled in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. A boutique style hotel, the Park on Main offers 24 luxury suites, each facing an exquisitely landscaped central park-like garden terrace.

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