Mountain Magic

The summer is the best time to explore Highlands’ pristine natural surroundings. Within a 10 mile radius, there are over 10 waterfalls and 10 hiking trails available! Fishing, canoeing, and paddleboarding are also popular summer adventures. For more adventurous visitors, there is also whitewater rafting, ziplining, and tubing within close distances. Because of the Lofts’ prime location, you can easily cool down and relax after your day of adventuring.

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Sliding Rock Falls

Created by the Chattooga River, this natural waterslide glides over a 10-foot high rock face. The cool water and picturesque nature makes this a popular summer spot. Visitors can slide down the rock and cannonball into one of the potholes or just wade in the pool below the rock.

Dry Falls

Take a trail and walk behind the massive, thundering falls! At 75 feet high and part of the Cullasaja Gorge in the Nantahala National Forest, this is a Highlands landmark you don’t want to miss.

Sunset Rock

Easy 0.7 mile one way stroll. Walk half an hour to this stunning, natural cliffside amphitheater where your front row seats are slabs of granite. Beautiful sunsets can be seen over Highlands and Brushy Face Mountain to the West. The vista of Horse Cove, Sunrise Rock, is also worth the visit. Across the road from the trailhead, the Highlands Botanical Center is also worth a visit. 

Satulah Mountain Trail

Moderate to challenging 1.6 mile one way hike along a mixture of paved roads, an old rockbed, and footpaths to a peak of 4543 feet. There is a beautiful panoramic view at the top with views of Piedmont, Blue Valley, and Rabun Bald.