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The Wonders of The Highlands-Cashiers Plateau in Western North Carolina
There are special places all over this wonderful country which delight by the simple of joy of seeing the wondrous works of the Almighty. These places always leave an indelible mark on the people who experience them. Most people think of Yosemite National Park, Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon and the wonders they see there. They don’t think that the Southern Appalachian or Blue Ridge Mountains have much to offer.
True, there are no grand cathedrals or majestic trees but there are quite a few places that once visited, the spirit and mind of the visitor is captured and held forever. These places, although few in number, do exist and the Highlands-Cashiers plateau is on the top of the list. It is has an abundance of natural beauty and a bounty of waterfalls, mountain vistas, and clear cool lakes for your outdoor adventures.
Because of its almost magical charm, the small town of Highlands and the village of Cashiers North Carolina are two of these places. Highlands was recently noted by National Geographic Society’s “Small Town Escapes” as one of the top 100 small towns in America to visit, with its unique shops, fine dining, professional theatre, international chamber music festival, upscale residential developments, and private golf country clubs, it is sometimes referred to as “Palm Beach of North Carolina”.
Highlands is a small town with less than 5000 year round residence and Cashiers is somewhat smaller. Even though this number is not large, there is a wealth of generous citizens who have found success in a multitude of fields and they now call Highlands or Cashiers home. These wonderful people have the time and the means to give back and they do; to the arts, to the schools, to the churches, to the literacy council, to the humane society, to the Community Theater, and in many other philanthropic ways. Through their generosity Highlands has the distinction of a quaint small town on the top of the mountain with a wealth of cultural activities.
Sitting astride the Blue Ridge Divide, with an elevation of 4,000+ sea level Highlands is one of the highest incorporated towns east of the Rockies. It is situated on a mountain plateau which stretches about 5 miles wide and 4 miles long which is very unusual in this region. Highlands is also surrounded by National Forest and the Cullasaja River begins and runs through Highlands, becomes part of its water source, then flows to the west of town plummeting down the rugged gorge, giving rise to several thundering waterfalls.
The forest lands surrounding Highlands and Cashiers are populated with eastern white pine, a variety of oaks, hemlocks, poplar, maple, birch, flowering dogwood, rhododendron and mountain laurel. Wild flowers also abound with more than 750 species contributing beautiful color almost in every season.
This list of superlatives could go on and on. Nature has blessed this unique area creating the most beautiful place to live, work and enjoy many types of outdoor experiences. All this beauty is served to you with a healthy dose of southern hospitality. Come to the Highlands Plateau and be charmed, we are waiting for you.