August 5, 2016 Written by

The beautiful Southern Appalachian Mountains are an ideal area for you to explore when spending time in Highlands considering your real estate options. We recommend taking time to meander beyond the boundaries of Highlands to see what our beautiful mountains in North Carolina – and our neighboring communities – have to offer.

Explore the Mountains

Our area of Appalachia is known as the Blue Ridge Mountains; gentle peaks covered in spruce and fir forests do look blue from a distance, and they have a lush appearance that can be seen for miles. We experience all four seasons here in Highlands, including vibrant autumn foliage and winter snow; our elevation means we have cool, refreshing summers.

The Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina are filled with many lovely waterfalls, and you can see several of them within a few miles of our community, including:

  • Dry Falls: At an impressive 75 feet in height, Dry Falls includes an observation deck and a short hike that takes you under the falls just three miles from Highlands.
  • Bust your Butt Falls: With a natural slide in the waterfall and a swimming hole, you can cool off with a dip in the mountain water after a short drive of six miles.
  • Ranger Falls: After traveling six miles by car, hiking enthusiasts will enjoy a two-mile loop hike to see these magnificent 30-foot falls.

Our Surrounding Communities

For wider-ranging trips, visiting other small towns in the area is a great way to get acquainted with the community. There are several directions to explore, and here is a short list to get you started:

  • Franklin, North Carolina: Just 19 miles northwest of Highlands is the small town of Franklin. Also known for its beautiful mountain views and waterfalls, Franklin is the “Gem Capital of the World,” and you can try your hand at mining for rubies or sapphires during your visit.
  • Dillard, Georgia: Traveling 15 miles southwest of Highlands, you’ll cross the state border and encounter the tiny town of Dillard. You can shop for antiques or attend the annual bluegrass music festival in August.
  • Mountain City, Georgia: Continue past Dillard a few more miles and you’ll reach the community of Mountain City, which is home to the Foxfire Museum and Black Rock Mountain State Park. Enjoy magnificent views from the park or explore the history of the community as you explore the museum’s unique collection.
  • Clayton, Georgia: Another 17 miles brings you to the town of Clayton, which is known for being the set of the famous movie, “Deliverance.” This friendly community offers vineyards and antique shops, and you will enjoy whitewater rafting on the Chattooga River.

Explore the Mountains in North Carolina at The Park on Main

Stay at the Park On Main®

With Highlands as your home base, you’ll enjoy a peaceful, luxurious stay at The Park on Main® while exploring real estate and the surrounding community. Let us know if we can provide you with more information about our beautiful community or make reservations for your upcoming stay.

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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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