Highlands, NC

The quaint town of Highlands, NC is a hidden jewel just 2 hours drive north of Atlanta surrounded by the Nantahala National Forest and situated atop a plateau at elevation 4118 feet.

Experience mother natures’ four seasons, explore scenic drives and hiking trails; stroll beneath Dry Falls, drive under Bridal Veil Falls or view Whitewater Falls – the tallest east of the Rockies at 411 feet. Visit Highlands for the ultimate mountain experience and see why Southern Living chose Highlands a top 5 Small Town Getaway.

Highlands was founded in 1875 after its two founders, Samuel Truman Kelsey and Clinton Carter Hutchinson, drew lines from Chicago to Savannah and from New Orleans to New York City. They felt that the place where these lines met would eventually become a great trading center and commercial crossroads. Highlands was named for its lofty elevation.

 In the 1930s the town became a golfing mecca when Bobby Jones of Atlanta and some of his well-heeled golfing buddies founded the Highlands Country Club. Today that club is one of seven successful residential country club communities in the area. The Highlands Country Club is south of Highlands on Dillard Road (North Carolina Highway 106).

Where to Eat in
Highlands, NC

Here of some of TripAdvisor's top places to eat in Highlands, NC

Highlands, NC

This matrix of Highlands NC restaurants provides some of the top picks from TripAdvisor.  Be sure to call ahead as last minute issues from COVID could alter hours of operation.


Ristorante Paoletti 440 Main St Pob 189, Highlands, NC 28741-8447+1 828-526-4906
Open: Daily


Wolfgang's Restaurant & Wine Bistro 474 Main St, Highlands, NC 28741-8447+1 828-526-3807 Bistro 4;00 Dinner 5:30
Open: Daily, Closed Tuesday

Lakeside Restaurant 531 Smallwood Ave on Harris Lake, Highlands, NC 28741-8464+1 828-526-9419
Open: Tue - Sat 5:30


Blue Bike Cafe 423 N. 4th St. at Creekside Village Highlands, NC 28741
Open: Daily


Madison's 445 Main St Old Edwards Inn and Spa, Highlands, NC 28741-8447+1 828-787-2525
Open: Dialy 11:30- 2

Meritage Bistro 490 Carolina Way, Highlands, NC 28741+1 828-526-1019
Open: Daily, Closed Tuesday 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Wild Thyme Gourmet 343-D Main Street, Highlands, NC 28741+1 828-526-4035
Open: Daily, Closed Wed, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Asia House 151 Helens Barn Ave, Highlands, NC 28741-8448+1 828-787-1680
Open Daily: Noon - 9PM

The Ugly Dog Pub-Highlands 294 S 4th St, Highlands, NC 28741-8371+1 828-526-8364
Open: Daily 11:30 AM - 12:00 AM (Mon 4PM-)

On the Veranda Restaurant 1536 Franklin Rd, Highlands, NC 28741-8557+1 828-526-2338
Open Daily: 4PM -9/10PM, Sun 11 - 9PM


Vacation Rentals Highlands NC

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Tranquil Studio With Firepit, Canoe, Wooded Lot, Dogs OK, 4 Min To Town

Cozy & Well Appointed. Sleeps 4. Private, Wooded View. Awesome Location. Pets  Cozy & Well Appointed. Sleeps 4. Private, Wooded View. Awesome Location. Pets From $125 [Book Online]

Highlands NC vacation rentals

200 Main

In the city center, 200 Main is in a walkable area within minutes of great shopping and dining. [Book Online]

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