About The Area
Cashiers and Sapphire Valley are located at 3,500 feet elevation in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. Surrounded by mountains rising to 5,000 feet, this mountain resort community has plenty to offer from hiking and fishing, to golf and tennis, to horseback riding and gem mining, shopping, great restaurants and much, much more.
Our family of five (which includes three young children) has a number of favorite activities and outings in the area. Our top ten are as follows:
Exploring one of the areas many waterfalls. Three of our favorites include Cashiers Sliding Rock, Dry Falls (in Highlands) and Silver Slip Falls (www.visitwaterfalls.com
Touring the Biltmore in Asheville, about an hour and 15 minute drive from Black Dog Cabin (www.biltmore.com
). Be sure to visit the gardens and the farm.
Driving to Highlands for lunch and a little window shopping (www.highlandsinfo.com
). Make sure to visit Harris Lake (behind Main Street) to feed the duck and geese.
Spending a day enjoying all the amenities offered at the Sapphire Valley resort from swimming or kayaking and fishing at Fairfield Lake to golf at Sapphire Mountain Gold Club to skiing and tubing in the winter months (www.sapphirevalley.com
Hiking in Panthertown Valley.
Taking a train ride from the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad (www.gsmr.com
Does your idea of a perfect vacation include a good hike or two, with a breathtaking view? Then be sure to consult our abbreviated list of hikes below and check the desk in the dining room of the Black Dog Cabin for more information on area hikes.
Yellow Mountain contains 4.8 miles of slopes that ascends to the highest elevation in the area -- 5,127 feet. Starting from the intersection of Highway 107 and 64 in Cashiers, drive west on U.S. Hwy. 64 towards Highlands for 7.3 miles. Turn right on Buck Creek Road and drive 2.2 miles, passing Chestnut Hill on the right.
Whiteside Mountain has a 2 mile loop that ascends to an elevation of 4,940 feet. The ridge line of whiteside Mountain forms the Eastern Continental Divide and half a billion years old, its one of the oldest mountains in the work. Peregrine falcons have been reestablished at Whiteside and can often be seen nesting on the rock face. Starting from the intersection of Highway 107 and 64 in Cashiers, drive west on U.S. 64 in the direction of Highlands for 4.7 miles. Turn left on Whiteside Mountain Road at the brown “Whiteside Mountain Trail” sign. Continue 1.1 miles to Wildcats Cliffs Country Club.
6,700 acres of high mountain valley provides scenic views of waterfalls, flowing streams and beautiful foliage for hiking and biking enthusiasts alike.
From the intersection of Highway 107 and 64 in Cashiers, drive east on U.S. 64 in the direction of Brevard, after 2 miles turn left on Cedar Creek Road and continue on Breedlove Road. Drive 4 miles to Panthertown Valley entrance.
Lower Cullasaja Falls, Upper Cullasaja Falls, Dry Falls and Bridal Veil Falls
(From Cashiers) Drive W (toward Highlands) on US 64. Turn right at traffic light at junction of US 64 & NC 28 (toward Franklin). Continue for 2.8 miles. Bridal Veil Falls is on right. Continue for 0.9 miles. After passing Dry Falls sign, turn left into parking lot. Go down stone staircase to Dry Falls, which roars overhead. Exit parking lot to left. Continue 3.3 miles and pull off to left onto gravel for a view of Upper Cullasaja Falls. Continue for 2.4 miles. Pull off to left onto blacktop for view of Lower Cullasaja Falls.
(From Cashiers)Take U.S. 64 to Highlands, then NC 106 for 1.8 mi. to the Glen Falls sign. Turn left. Take gravel rd. 1 mi. Park. Take trail straight ahead. View the valley, then cascades. Down the mountain 1.4 mi. are three strikingly different 80 ft. falls. The return hike is uphill and strenuous.
Cashiers Sliding Rock, Silver Run Falls and Whitewater Falls
(From Cashiers)From intersection of US 64 & NC 107, drive S on NC 107 for 1.9 miles. Turn right (W) on Whiteside Cove Road. Continue for 2.8 miles. After crossing bridge, pull off onto dirt on right. Follow trail to right for 100 yards to Little Sliding Rock. Swimming holes are above and below waterfall. Please supervise children! Return to NC 107. Turn right (S) and continue for 2.4 miles. Pull off onto gravel on left (with a three-trunked holly tree at the S end). If you pass a Entering Nantahala National Forest sign, you have gone too far. Follow trail for 50 yards. Cross stream on fallen log and continue another 100 yards. to Silver Run Falls. Continue S on NC 107 for 5.3 miles into SC, passing a roadside picnic area. Turn left (E) on SC 413. Continue for 2.3 miles until it dead-ends at SC 130. Turn left (N) on SC 130. Continue for 1.2 miles. After passing Nantahala National Forest, Whitewater Falls sign, turn right into parking lot. Short walk to lookout. There are trails to top and bottom of Whitewater Falls, the highest waterfall in the eastern U.S.
Whitewater Falls only
(From Cashiers) From intersection of US 64 & NC 107, drive E on US 64 for 10.4 miles. Turn right (S) on NC 281. Continue for 9.9 miles. Turn left into parking lot. Short walk to lookout. There are trails to top and bottom of Whitewater Falls, the highest waterfall in the eastern U.S.
Turtleback Falls and Rainbow Falls
(Not for young children or the less than physically fit.)
(From Cashiers) From the junction of US 64 & NC 107 drive (E) on US 64 for 10.4 mi. Turn R (S) on NC 281. Cont. for 0.9 mi. to a National Forest Service Horsepasture River/Rainbow Falls sign on the L. Park on the right, cross the road, and enter the woods on an old "jeep" trail. *Descend the trail (which gets progressively poorer) for approximately a mile until it intersects a trail which parallels the river. To your front is Turtleback Falls. Go left along the trail to view Turtleback Falls from the bottom. Cont. another quarter-mile in the same direction to Rainbow Falls, a 150-ft. waterfall that boasts rainbows on sunny mornings.
Sliding Rock, Moore Cove, Looking Glass Falls and Courthouse Falls
(From Cashiers) From junction of US 64 and NC 107 in Cashiers, drive (E) on NC 64 for 32.7 mi. and turn L (N) onto US 276; cont. (N) on US 276 for 5.9 mi.. Park on R. View Looking Glass Falls from roadside, or descend a stone staircase to the 50 ft. falls. Cont. (N) on US 276 for 1 mi. and park on R just before the concrete bridge with wood foot bridge on the right. Cross the wood foot bridge next to the concrete bridge; it is an easy and beautiful 0.7 mi. to Moore Cove's twin falls. Cont. N on US 276 for another 1.1 mi. and turn L into the Sliding Rock parking lot (admission fee, lifeguards often on duty). Exit parking lot to the L (N) and cont. on US 276 for 7.5 mi. to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Enter Parkway, turn L (S) in the direction of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Exit at NC 215 and cont. (S) for 6.9 mi.. Turn left on Forest Service Rd. 140 (gravel) just after bridge. Go 3.1 mi. over mountain and park on R near bridge that crosses Courthouse Ck.. The trailhead for the Summey Cove Trail is on L next to bridge; hike 0.2 mi. and turn L on Courthouse Falls trail, which descends 0.1 mi. to the 60 ft. falls. Return to NC 215, turn L (S), cont. for 10.7 mi. and turn R (W) on US 64 to return to Cashiers.
Wade Hampton Golf Course ~ private
The Wade Hampton Golf course is designed by Tom Fazio, and is the 17th highest ranking golf course in the world that provides a picturesque view of Chimney Top Mountain. See the Golf Digest article for ranking.
Sapphire National Golf Club ~ public
Sapphire Mountain Golf Course golfers enjoy the privilege of crossing mountain streams and enjoying panoramic views. The course was designed by Ron Garl and allows for excellent playing for a player that is either a low handicap player, or a beginner.
Highlands Country Club ~ private
Fantastic views, breathtaking mountain vistas are all present at Highlands Cove golf course. The 18 hole golf course was designed by Donald Ross.
Highlands Cove ~ public
Highlands Cove provides a spectacular view overlooking lush green valleys. Architect Tom Jackson designed the 71 par course with steep foot drops from tees to fairway that enhances the natural beauty of the course. Memorable panoramic beauty is located at Highlands Cove.
High Hampton Inn and Country Club ~ public
The High Hampton Inn’s golf course is designed by the legendary golf architect, George Cobb. While playing, you are able to view the beautiful peaks of Rock Mountain and Chimney Top Mountain and view one of the most scenic courses in America.
There are a number of excellent restaurants in the area. A few of our favorites are:
Here are a few additional links to information that may be useful in your vacation planning.