Situated on a high plateau, this Jackson County vacation paradise is home to some of the oldest mountains in the world.
Located in the southern section of the county, Cashiers, North Carolina offers gorgeous scenery among its waterfalls, lakes, hiking trails, and picnic spots — making it the perfect place for a day trip, family vacation or weekend getaway. An hour and a half from Asheville’s airport, and a short drive from most of the Southeast, it makes for a perfect weekend getaway.
Don’t miss a stop at Cashiers’ Whiteside Mountain to hike the two-mile loop trail that crosses the Highlands-Cashiers plateau. The trail straddles the Eastern Continental Divide, offering stunning views of the surrounding area atop what some geologists consider to be the oldest mountain in the world. Cashiers is home to the iconic early 20th century High Hampton (formerly High Hampton Inn), which has been fully renovated and features a world-class golf course and the most stunning views in western North Carolina.
Also a short drive from Cashiers is Whitewater Falls, one of the highest waterfalls east of the Rockies at 411 Feet. Cashiers boasts several exciting annual events, including the Rotary Arts and Crafts shows in nearby Sapphire, Groovin’ on the Green concert series featuring live music from Memorial to Labor Day, and the fall Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival .
In the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Cashiers is home to Panthertown Valley, considered to be the ‘Yosemite of the East’ and features some of the most scenic views in the United States. It is part of the Nantahala National Forest, and Panthertown features over 30 miles of mixed-use trails for hiking, biking, and outdoor pursuits.
Many people come to Cashiers as visitors and book a vacation home or cottage and love it so much they end up purchasing real estate and calling it their home, or their home away from home.
Only a short drive from Sylva and Cullowhee, Cashiers is home to dozens of waterfalls and has enough to make an entire weekend (and then some) out of a trip.
More to Explore
For more outdoor activities and unique events in Cashiers, you don’t have to look far. Check out the highlights below:
- Fly Fishing – Jackson County is proclaimed NC’s Trout Capital®, and Cashiers is a major part of the county’s famed WNC Fly Fishing Trail®. The Tuckasegee or sometimes spelled Tuckaseigee River flow throughout the length of the county and provides ample opportunity for reeling in trout. Visitors are invited to bring their fishing gear and grab a trail map from the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce to explore the abundantly stocked, pristine waters.
- The Village Green is a 13.2 acre park located in the heart of Cashiers, North Carolina, at the crossroads of Highway 64 and Highway 107. Hosting thousands of visitors and over 80 events each year, The Village Green is not only the heart of Cashiers in its location but also in its ability to draw family and friends together in the community. It is a special place where people and nature come together. Stroll the paths of the park around grassy lawns, along wetlands and through the forest glade. Enjoy a picnic lunch with friends. Learn about raptors, honeybees, native plants and bears. Celebrate the seasons and capture treasured moments with family. Discover art, culture and regional heritage. Host a party, wedding, or reunion. Photograph colorful dahlias. Listen to a concert. Dance beneath the stars.
- Gorges State Park located near Sapphire and Lake Toxaway is a 7,709-acre North Carolina state park with endless hiking trails and waterfalls.
- Cornucopia – Considered a local favorite, Cornucopia is consistently named as one of the best porches in Cashiers. A casual spot for lunch, dinner, or the popular Sunday brunch, Cornucopia, like the name suggests, features a variety of dishes tempting to any palate. Locals can’t get enough of the Arabian club, black bean burger, or their most famous and oldest dish, “Wade Hampton’s Downfall.” At dinner, try an entrée that incorporates local flair, like smoked trout from Sunburst Farms or Southern-Fried Farms Chicken. The building, which was originally purchased in 1892 for $27 has a long history of serving locals as a general store, school, post office, and tack shop. Cornucopia is open from March to November and will celebrate its 40th season in 2018.
- Sapphire Ski Resort is only about 5 minutes away from the Crossroads in Cashiers and offers skiing, frozen tubing, and more.
- Silver Run Falls – This easy hike is perfect for beginners or anyone in search of a photogenic waterfall!
- Whitewater Equestrian Center – Find fun for the whole family as you ride horseback through scenic trails in the Cashiers plateau.
- Whiteside Brewing Co – One of six breweries along the popular Jackson County Ale Trail, this Cashiers brewery offers seasonal brews as well as plenty of indoor and outdoor seating along with a large grassy field for the kids to play in.
- Zachary-Tolbert House – This historic house and museum, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, offers an untouched look at how pioneer settlers lived more than 150 years ago in Cashiers.
- Lake Glenville – With 26-miles of shoreline, seven islands and three gorgeous waterfalls, Lake Glenville is a getaway in itself. One of the highest-elevation lakes east of the Rocky Mountains, Lake Glenville is the largest lake in Jackson County and has earned a reputation as a bass fisherman’s delight. Perfect for boating and water-skiing, Lake Glenville also features a swimming area with a sand beach and trail to High Falls. The surrounding Glenville community includes historic churches and unique shops.
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