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Local Experience

Stay, play and explore!

The Cashiers-Highlands Plateau is the height of adventure in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.  From horseback riding, rafting and ziplining to farmer’s markets, celebrated interior and antiques shopping, boating on Lake Glenville and a year-round calendar of festivals and events, each season offers its own special magic!

Your mountain adventure is calling! Choose from one of the below High Hampton Resort favorite excursions or let us help you build your own unique itinerary. Please contact our Guest Services team at High Hampton Resort to create the perfect mountain escape: (800) 334-2551.

Flying Fishing on the Tuckaseegee River

Cast a Line: Flying Fishing on the Tuckaseegee River

Fly Fishing with AB’s Fly Fishing Guide Service

AB's Fly Fishing Guide Service by Alex Bell, is a premier guide service located in the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina. The area boasts picturesque trout waters, some of the best found east of the Mississippi River. With a large concentration of rainbow, brown and brook trout, both experienced and amateur fishers have the chance to make the Tuckasegee fly fishing grand slam - catching all three species of trout in the same day!


High Hampton Resort resides in Jackson County, the Trout Capital of NC and home to WNC Fly Fishing Trail.  The first fly fishing trail in the US, the Western NC Fly Fishing Trail features some of the best trout waters in the Great Smoky Mountains. The Tuckasegee River participates in a delayed harvest program, where more than 92,000 trout are stocked in the river five times a year. Whether an experienced fisherman or just starting out, we can connect you with the best guides and fishing hot spots.

Horseback Riding with Arrowmont Stables

Hit the Trails

Horseback Riding with Arrowmont Stables

Hit the trails with Arrowmont Stables! Arrowmont has one of the best trail ride programs in the Southeast. Guests will explore breathtakingly beautiful trails with majestic mountain top views, a picturesque valley with creeks and streams and fern forests all on horseback.

Whitewater Rafting with Wildwater

Make a Splash

Whitewater Rafting with Wildwater

As the oldest whitewater outfitter in the Southeast, Wildwater has been leading trips in the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains since 1971. With four rivers and multiple sections and trip types on each river, Wildwater has you covered from easy moving water to thrilling epic whitewater options. Are you looking for big adventure? Then perhaps the wild and scenic Chattooga with its steep drops through a wild gorge, or the dramatic and exciting Class III and IV waves of the Ocoee are for you. If a family-friendly day with lots of splashy waves is more your style, then check out our Nantahala and Big Pigeon River trips. For even more fun, combine a rafting trip with a Zipline Canopy Tour for a full day of adventure!

The Dillsboro River Company provides family-friendly whitewater rafting on the Tuckasegee River, just outside of Dillsboro, Sylva, and Bryson City, North Carolina. The Tuckasegee is the ideal river for first-time rafters, families with young children (minimum age limit is 4), and those who want more of a relaxing river trip with warmer water and the milder Class I & II rapids. 

Sapphire Valley Zip Canopy Tour on The Vordach Zip Line Course

Adventure that Soars

Sapphire Valley Zip Canopy Tour on The Vordach Zip Line Course

For a vacation that soars above the rest, High Hampton Inn guests can zip their way through nearby Sapphire Valley. The Vordach Zip Line Course begins with a low-intensity run before building up to big valley views within the stunning forest canopy. The tour traverses back and forth through the laurel filled valley on a series of zip lines and bridge elements before emerging from the woods at the base of Frozen Falls.

Hiking For All Skill Levels


From our 1,400-acre estate to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain forests surrounding High Hampton, opportunities to hike on scenic, well-marked trails abound for all skill levels.  All offer stunning views of mountains and valleys, each with their own breathtaking perspective and natural beauties.

Located at HH Rock Mountain and Chimney Top Mountain offer a moderate climb to the top that is rewarded with a breathtaking vista overlooking the High Hampton estate and a clear of Whiteside Mountain.

High Hampton Resort’s Lake Trail is a flat loop around Hampton Lake, and our Fitness Trail lets you work your way around several exercise stations located at the base of Rock Mountain.

Whiteside Mountain is a relatively easy 2-mile hike along a rock face with fabulous views of Cashiers Valley below.

Yellow Mountain Trail is a 11.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located between Cashiers and Highlands, NC that features beautiful wild flowers.  Plunging dips and gritty climbs to reach its summit at 5,127 feet earn Yellow Mountain Trail a rating of difficult.



Jackson County is known for waterfalls, and our guest services can help direct you to some of the most beautiful views including Panthertown Valley, Silver Run Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Courthouse Falls.

Silver Run Falls

Near Cashiers in the Nantahala National Forest is a beautiful 25-ft. waterfall that cascades into a family-friendly pool with a small, sandy beach. A short walk from roadside parking.

High Falls at Lake Glenville

This is the tale of two waterfalls. High Falls (or Cullowhee Falls) is located just below the dam for Lake Glenville Normally subtle, the 150-foot double waterfall is a small stream cascading over the cliffs of the Tuckasegee Gorge, but during the summer months, dam releases send water roaring over the falls.

Bridal Veil Falls

Drive behind this unique waterfall, located on Highway 64 between Highlands and Dry Falls

Whitewater Falls

One of the highest waterfalls east of the Rockies, Whitewater Falls stands at 350 to 400 feet and boasts a newly-paved path to an overlook and shelters for picnicking.

Cashiers Sliding Rock

This natural waterslide, created by the Chattooga River, glides over a 10-ft. high rock face with a few large potholes his natural waterslide. It’s a popular local spot during the summer because the water is quite cool. You can slide down the rock, cannonball into one of the potholes or just wade in the pool below the rock. 

Whitewater Kayaking

Whitewater Kayaking

During the summer months, the Lake Glenville Dam releases whitewater into the west fork of the Tuckasegee River, creating class IV rapids over a 5.5-mile stretch.

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