2023 Planning Guide

From Antiques to Ziplines, The High South has your mountain experience ready! Below we provide some recommendations for your 2023 trip - just food for thought...

2023 Planning Suggestions

for your Blue Ridge Mountains / High South Adventure!

Adventures around The High South – The following is a recommended ‘adventure’ list for your 2023 High South Adventures experience! All of these recommendations make very easy day trips from anywhere in The High South!

Whitewater Rafting: The Dillsboro River Company! The Dillsboro River Company operates on ‘The Tuck’. 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. [More Info]

Look for slightly bigger water? Check out the Nantahala Outdoor Center or Wildwater Rafting
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Elevate Your Mountain Experience: Highlands Aerial Park! This Park has it all – Zip Line Tours, Challenge Course, Giant Rope Swings.
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Mountain Coaster Thrills: The new Highland's Outpost mountain coaster is a must experience! Located new the Highlands Aerial Park and just outside Highlands, NC - The Highlands Outpost is great 4 seasons destination for the family. [More Info]

Best Places to Eat: High South Adventures has done the work for you. For the best places to eat, check out our Top 5 list in each of our local towns!
Bryson City | Cashiers | Dillsboro | Highlands | Sapphire Valley

Shopping: This season all shops will be in full operation and ready to put COVID behind us! Check out these TripAdvisor top rated shops:
Bryson City | Cashiers | Dillsboro | Highlands

Yosemite of the East: Your mountain experience will not be complete without at least a couple of hours exploring Panthertown Valley – ‘The Yosemite of the East’! Just minutes from the Cashiers crossroads or Sapphire Valley, this protected wilderness area must be seen to believe!
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Take a Ride: on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad! With 53 miles of track, two tunnels and 25 bridges, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will take you on a memorable journey through a remote and beautiful corner of North Carolina.
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