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Highlands Plateau

The Allure of Highlands

A good life is one that balances work and pleasure. At Highlands Falls, we focus on the latter. 
We are a community of spirited people who like to explore and try new things. And we like to do this together as there is nothing more rewarding than sharing the experience with a friend or two or five.

The words you’ll hear most often from our members – join us. 


We want to play golf, tennis, pickleball and croquet with you. We want you to come to a yoga class with us. We’ll invite you to have lunch, cocktails and dinner together or join the party to watch our favorite SEC or ACC football games. We come from all walks of life with plenty of interesting stories to share and we want to share them with you. In other words, we’ll welcome you as a member of our family with open arms and lots of Southern hospitality.

As you lay your head down on the pillow every night at Highlands Falls we want the last thought of your day to be – I had so much fun today, I need to rest up so I can do it again tomorrow.


The Highlands Plateau

Highlands sits high atop a plateau at an elevation of 4,118 feet, in the mountains of Western North Carolina. The town was founded in 1875 by two Kansas land developers. According to local lore, the developers drew a line on the map from New York to New Orleans and another from Chicago to Savannah. They believed the point at which the lines intersected would become a major thoroughfare and great population center. Today, Highlands is the highest incorporated town east of the Rockies and an incredibly popular summer resort destination.

First time visitors to Highlands are struck by the charm of this town of 3,200 permanent residents where arts and culture abound. From the oldest theatre in North Carolina, the Highlands Playhouse and the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Art Center to the Bascom center for visual arts and the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival, residents and visitors alike can enjoy renowned theatrical performances, musicals and concerts.
Should concerts, theatre performances or musicals not be your style, you can always have fun at the Food & Wine Festival, the Three River Fly Fishing Festival, the Highlands Motoring Festival, the annual Arts & Crafts Festival and even the Low Country Shrimp Boil.

Shoppers delight as they stroll along the pedestrian and pet friendly Main Street. The array of quaint boutiques, art galleries, jewelry and clothing shops along with some world-class dining options will take more than one day to explore.

For the outdoor enthusiast, Highlands, known as the Land of the Waterfalls,  will not disappoint. There are endless hiking and biking trails with breathtaking views and picturesque waterfalls. Lakes to fly fish, trails to ride horses, rocks to climb and ziplines to travel through the mountains round out the options for adventurers looking for a way to escape to the cooler air in the mountains.