to the lure of trails, rivers, waterfalls, and mountain adventures

The locals say there’s something healing about these mountains, a palpable energy that can only be felt but not described. You’ll feel it for yourself as soon as you crest the mountain. And it continues to unfold as you set out to create your own personal story in this magical place.

A temperate rainforest and part of the Nantahala National Forest, the Highlands Plateau’s crystal headwaters form rivers, lakes and waterfalls, providing endless year-round opportunities for pristine mountain adventure for those who venture up.

For trail maps and guidebooks visit the Welcome Center, 108 Main Street, Highlands, NC or view our guide to mountain adventures here