Situated at 4,118 feet, Highlands, North Carolina, is a breathtaking destination on the southwestern plateau of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The vibrant mountain village, with stunning vistas, waterfalls, and wooded forest, draws visitors worldwide. Whichever time of year you visit, you'll find a natural wonderland waiting to be explored. In springtime, the native Mountain Laurel blankets the forest in vibrant pink, and fall introduces a symphony of color with the changing leaves, and winter ushers in clear views and the alabaster hues of fallen snow.
Situated in the Nantahala National Forest, the area's pristine headwaters feed into waterfalls, rivers, lakes, and streams, making a spectacular natural playground for adventurers. Discover spectacular mountain trails for hiking and horseback riding, and take to the rivers for tubing, canoeing, fly fishing, and whitewater rafting. Go flying through the trees at the world-class Highlands Aerial Park. Afterward, unwind by strolling along Main Street, where you'll find unique shopping, dining, museums, arts, and entertainment. Embrace the mountain spirit with live music, theater, and galleries, and see why Highlands was named one of America's Top Twelve Small-Town Places.