AREA AND LOCATION
Tucked away quietly in the Southwest corner of North Carolina, the quaint village of Cashiers is one of the state’s most charming places and most popular travel destinations. Cashiers (pronounced CASH-ers) is one of those delightful places that defies tradition by offering a wide variety of interesting things to see and do. Surrounded by towering, picturesque mountains, it’s a clean, friendly town that is rich in history and heritage, legends and lore. Thankfully missing in this off the-beaten-path locale are crowds, flashing neon signs and honky-tonks, for this is a family oriented hideaway with old-school values.
Recreational amenities are numerous and include such outdoor activities as golf, tennis, horseback riding, boating, rafting, fishing, swimming, hiking and cycling. Other opportunities for fun include a long list of festivals, concerts and arts and crafts shows. And due to the discriminating tastes of residents and visitors, you will be delightfully surprised by the abundance and variety of restaurants in town.
At an elevation of 3,485 feet, the small town anchors the surrounding area of Lake Glenville, Sapphire and Lake Toxaway. Panthertown Valley is a 6,700 acre piece of hiking heaven in the Nantahala National Forest, and is located adjacent to the Cashiers/Highlands Plateau. It has been nicknamed “The Yosemite of the East” and is home to granite domes, waterfalls, valley floors and rare high altitude bogs. This area is known nationally as the “Land of Waterfalls” because of the 19 falls that are scattered throughout the rugged mountain terrain. The granddaddy of them all is Whitewater, which features a drop of 411 feet and has hiking trails to the bottom.
Located just 13 miles from Cashiers is the idyllic town of Highlands While visiting Highlands, “don’t miss” venues are the Highlands Playhouse and the Bascom Art Center. The Bascom provides audiences of all ages with stimulating exhibitions, studio art instruction, and diverse cultural experiences.