Highlands, North Carolina

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Highlands, North Carolina, USA

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  • Bridal Veil Falls 828-526-2112
    US 64 West, Highlands, NC 28741
    Located just off U.S. 64, drivers were once routed under the falls, which stand at a height of 120 feet. Picnicking and hiking are available in the adjacent, scenic... more info

  • Glen Falls 828-526-2112
    South of Highland, Highway 106 South
    A steep one mile trail leads down to the falls that are composed of three waterfalls that drop approximately 60 feet, each on the east fork of Overflow Creek in the... more info

  • Whitewater Falls
    NC 281 at the North Carolina State Line
    Approximately 20 miles from Highlands, the upper falls of this cascading masterpiece falls 411 feet and is the highest falls in the Eastern United States. The lower... more info

Historic Homes & Buildings

  • Episcopal Church of the Incarnation Chapel 828-526-2968
    520 Main Street, Highlands, NC 28741
    Located at the Corner of Main and Fifth Streets
    In 1896, the original church, now the chapel, was completed at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation. Still used to this day, this historic building is a perfect... more info  map

Museums & Galleries

  • Bascom, The 828-526-4949
    323 Franklin Road, Highlands, NC 28741
    A non-profit center for the visual arts situated on a six-acre, “green,” architect-designed pastoral campus in Highlands, The Bascom features high-quality... more info

  • Fine Art Center/Bascom-Louise Gallery 828-526-4949 or 828-526-3207
    554 Main Street, Highlands, NC 28741
    Located in Hudson Library Building
    A not-for-profit visual art center, the Fine Art Center displays regional art and contains a permanent art collection of 20th and 21st century artists in a variety of... more info  map

  • Museum of American Cut & Engraved Glass 828-526-3415 or 828-526-3427
    472 Chestnut Street, Highlands, NC 28741
    Over 400 pieces of antique cut and engraved glass from the American Brilliant Period (1876-1916) can be seen at the Museum of American Cut & Engraved Glass.  more info  map

National Parks & Natural Wonders

  • Dry Falls 828-526-2112
    US 64, Highlands, NC 28742
    Between Franklin and Highlands
    Take an easy walk on a well marked path with a hand rail behind this 75 foot curtain of rushing water that is located on the Cullasaja River, named after the Cherokee... more info

  • Jackson Hole 828-524-5850
    Highway 28 & U.S. 64, Highlands, NC 28741
    Located between Highlands and Franklin
    Situated above Cullasaja Falls in waterfall country, Jackson Hole features native and enriched stones.  more info  map

Parks, Gardens & Zoos

  • Highlands Nature Center 828-526-2623
    930 Horse Cove Road, Highlands, NC 28741
    Located in the Clark Foreman Museum Building
    Highlands Nature Center is a program of the Highlands Biological Station, which is a part of the University of North Carolina. They provide seasonal weekly programs,... more info  map

Tours & Cruises

  • Mountain Waters Scenic Byway 828-526-3765
    East of Highland along US 64
    Enjoy incredible scenic views as you drive along this approximately 61 mile, nationally recognized byway that begins in Highlands and winds through Southern Appalachian... more info


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