The hills may not be alive in Highlands, North Carolina, but sometimes it may feel that way. That blissfully wild, winding trek through the Southern Appalachian Mountains takes sojourners with sudden feminine exuberance to a place in the blue skies. Highlands is aptly named; at 4,118 feet above sea level, it is one of the highest elevations east of the Mississippi River. Thus, high lands.
But the raw, rugged beauty of this mystic stretch of secluded civilization is, in three words, outdoors in Highlands. That’s where the artistry begins. That’s where the explorers must go. That’s nature’s command: Go into all the mountains, and see the wonder. Embrace the romantic horizon up close. As a guest at Highlands’ luxury, pet-friendly boutique hotel, The Park on Main®.
RomanticAsheville.com provides visitors with several hot sports for nature lovers:
- Motorists can drive under and behind Highlands’ Bridal Veil Falls. The 60-foot Nantahala National Forest waterfall is on U.S. Highway 64, 2.5 miles west of Highlands in the Cullasaja River Gorge.
- The 250-foot Cullasaja Falls is difficult to find; it is 8.8 miles west of Highlands on a narrow part of U.S. 64, which is called the Mountain Waters Scenic Highway & Waterfall Byway.
- Nobility resides in the Nantahala National Forest and goes by the name of Whiteside Mountain, which rises to nearly 5,000 feet. Located between Cashiers and Highlands, the cliffs of this proud monster appear as ice sheets laid haphazardly upon the sharp descents. Geologists estimate the rocks of this mountain are nearly 460 million years old. A 2-mile trail takes hikers to the top of a 750-foot cliff.
- Hikers can walk behind the raging 75-foot Highlands’ Dry Falls just outside of the town on U.S. 64. The waters from the Nantahala National Forest roar over the overhanging cliff.
- Secret Falls remains a secret to many visitors to Highlands. The 50-foot Big Creek waterfall plunges into a delicate pool in the Nantahala National Forest. Located 6.5 miles from Highlands, Secret Falls is difficult to find. Take Horse Cove Road from Highlands’ Main Street. Turn right on Walking Stick Road. Go right at the fork in the road; turn right on FR 4567. Secret Falls will be on the left. Watch for a blue sign.
- You don’t have to bust your butt at Bust Your Butt Falls, a popular place for swimming with a natural slide. The falls are located on U.S. 64 along the Cullasaja River. It is 6.5 miles west of Highlands and runs through the Nantahala National River’s Cullasaja River Gorge. The stretch of road is also called Mountain Waters Scenic Byway and Waterfall Byway.
Go henceforth and explore the wonderful outdoors in Highlands, North Carolina, a whispery excursion through rugged splendor. Are you looking for a weekend adventure or planning a vacation in one of the most beautiful places in the United States? We at The Park on Main® wish you could explore the artistry of Highlands for yourself. Visit us or make reservations today.
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