You can be as active or as laid back as you like during your visit to the beautiful North Carolina mountains. At an elevation of 3,485 feet, Cashiers is on the highest plateau of the Western North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains. The scenery is spectacular year round! Hiking trails, waterfalls, forests of rhododendrons, laurels and pines are abundant!
The Village Green
A Community Park in the Village of Cashiers
Cashiers Chamber of Commerce
website about Cashiers & Lake Glenville
Sapphire Valley Resort Information
Complete Calendar of Events, Specials
Highlands Chamber of Commerce
all you need to know about nearby Highlands
Cashiers is becoming recognized for its world-class golf courses. The following are open to the public:
- Sapphire National Golf Club offers scenic views and stone bridge crossings over mountain streams on the 6,185-yard, par 70 course. Call: 828-743-1174 for more information.
- High Hampton Golf Course Call: 828-743-2450
- Red Bird Golf Links –Call: 828-743-1991 is an executive nine-hole course.
Horse Back Riding:
Enjoy a day of riding on Cashiers local trails. The following companies offer trail rides:
Boating and Fishing:
Enjoy the beautiful Lake Glenville or any of the many streams and lakes in our area.
- Signal Ridge Marina Boat rentals (pontoon boats, bass boats, and kayaks) are available at (Call: 828-743-2143, the only marina directly on Lake Glenville. At about 3500 feet elevation, Lake Glenville is the highest large reservoir in the eastern U.S., with over 1400 acres of water surface. The lake’s cool mountain waters are perfect for skiing and fishing. Fishing for Small and Largemouth Bass, Walleye, Trout, and Bream is easiest by boat. Signal Ridge Marina is less than ten minutes north of Cashiers.
Guided fishing trips:
- Brookings Orvis Call: 828-743-3768
- The WNC Fly Fishing Trail
The WNC Fly Fishing Trail is on the Cashiers-Highlands Plateau, where can be found the headwaters of eight trout-filled rivers (the Horsepasture, Whitewater, Thompson, Chattooga, Cullasaja, Tuckasegee, Toxaway , and East Fork French Board River). The Horsepasture and the famed Chattooga originate in Cashiers, while the headwaters of the Whitewater, Tuckasegee, Cullasaja, and Thompson arise within 1 to 3 miles of the edge of town! (Please remember that some of the headwaters streams are on private property… but National Forest and public access are just minutes from the inn). The Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail, the first and only fly fishing trail in the US, features some of the best trout waters in the Smoky Mountains. The trail takes you to 15 excellent spots for catching brown, rainbow, and our native brook trout… 5 of those fishing spots (accounting for 4 of the 8 rivers on the plateau) are just minutes away from downtown Cashiers. Whether you seek quantity or size, open waters or small streams, the WNC Fly Fishing Trail has it all.
NOTEWORTHY FACT FOR TROUT FISHERMEN: The NC state record rainbow trout (20 lbs, 3 ounces) was caught in the Jackson County section of the Horsepasture River (on private property).
Canoeing, Kayaking and Tubing
Cashiers is known for it’s many antique and gift shops. Enjoy the new walking path that loops around town and allows you to walk to most of the shops and restaurants.
Waterfalls, Hiking, Museums, and History:
There are 19 waterfalls in the Cashiers area, including the king of them all, Whitewater Falls, one of the tallest in eastern North America. Be sure to ask us at check-in for a map to the waterfalls.
- NC Waterfalls – This website has a lot of information regarding the waterfalls in Jackson County and surrounding areas.
- Jackson County Chamber of Commerce – The Cashiers area is known for its many beautiful hiking trails. Pack a lunch and enjoy the many trails in our area. When you check in, ask for a hiking map or stop by the Chamber of Commerce building located on Hwy 64 (across from Wendy’s) or visit the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce waterfall page.
- The Zachary-Tolbert House an 1840 estate house on the National Register of Historic Places is located just 1 mile south of Cashiers. This rare example of Greek Revival-style architecture was built by one of the founders of Cashiers, Mordecai Zachary. The house’s furniture, handcrafted by Zachary, is believed to be the largest collection of Plain Style furniture by a single maker. The house is open for guided tours each Friday and Saturday from June through September. The grounds (with short easy hiking trails) are open to the public year ’round.
- The Highlands Nature Center and Biological Station has a host of exhibits on the mountain eco-system and biodiversity, including live animals, hands-on-stations, plus an archeological exhibits. Their grounds are a great place for a picnic!
- The Brevard Music Center offers wonderful concerts and plays during the summer months.
- Gorges State Park is a beautiful and fairly new area that, after significant upgrades, has just been re-opened to the public. Gorges’ the only NC state park west of Asheville. The park is home to nearly 125 rare and endangered plant and animal species, including Oconee Bells, Pink Lady’s Slippers, and the turquoise darter. Recent improvements to the park include new trails and overlooks and expanded parking.
- The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education is a fun place for the whole family. There are also some pretty waterfalls nearby. If you decide to go the Pisgah Center, then continue on to the Cradle of Forestry
- Mountain Heritage Center is on the campus of Western Carolina University which offers a glimpse into mountain life with an indoor log cabin, working loom and displays featuring everything from old tools to the history of the Scots-Irish, who were some of the region’s first settlers.
- Unto These Hills – The Oconalufree Living History Village in Cherokee has re-enactments of early Cherokee life. The outdoor drama Unto These Hills is offered all summer..
- Wild Elk – Drive to see the wild Elk in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
- Shadow of the Bear – Go on a drive to see the “shadow of the bear”
Adventure Depot ((828) 743-2052) offers a wide variety of fun outdoor activities, including whitewater rafting, hiking tours, rappelling, whitewater kayaking, canoe tours, llama trekking, driving tours, fly fishing guides, horseback riding, golf packages, and biking tours. They also offer youth adventures for 8-15 yr. old.