Cashiers, a beautiful village in western North Carolina known as "The Heart Of The Blue Ridge Mountains", is located in the southern end of Jackson County. Sitting at 3,487 feet in elevation at the crossroads of Highways 107 and 64, there is a little bit of everything here to enjoy for native families, visitors, and part-time residents alike. Our singularly unique geography boasts hundreds of waterfalls, quiet lakes, stone mountains and amazingly beautiful forests.
Life in this mountain community is as multifaceted as its landscape. Cashiers is located on the highest plateau in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The highest peak in the area rises to 5,127 at Yellow Mountain, yet drops to 1,020 feet along the Horsepasture River. This area is spectacularly beautiful, and is unlike any other place in the world. Our elevation coupled with the abundant rainfall combine to create a lush, green rain forest filled with rhododendrons, laurels, mossy rocks, ferns and pine trees. These mountains are some of the oldest in the world and have abundant hiking trails, gorgeous scenery and intriguing legends.
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Neighboring Cashiers is the community of Glenville. Glenville is the perfect accent to Cashiers and is located just next door, over the ridge top along the Western Continental Divide. Originally, this region of Glenville Township in southern Jackson County was known as Hamburg Township, settled in 1827. The township's name was later changed to Glenville as it is today.
Lake Glenville, also known as Thorpe Reservoir, is the highest man-made lake in the Blue Ridge-Smoky Mountains at 3,492 feet above sea level. The lake's cool, pristine waters are ideal for boating, skiing, swimming, and bass fishing.
Today the area is mostly residential, and vacation homes sit along the lakeside or among the rising mountain slopes, overlooking what was once a visible and accessible valley floor, now covered by the inviting cool waters of Lake Glenville. Some shops, a marina, and other services are located in Glenville along Hwy 107.
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The Town of Highlands is located in Macon County, North Carolina. Legend has it that the founders of the Town, Samuel Truman Kelsey and Clinton Carter Hutchinson, drew two lines on a map, one between Chicago and Savannah and the other between Baltimore and New Orleans, and decided that this location would be a future cross-roads of commerce. Located at an elevation of 3850 feet on Main Street, Kelsey promoted Highlands on the basis of its healthy air and excellent potential for orchards and gardens. Because of its cool climate and scenic beauty, it quickly became a popular location for historic inns and churches, golf courses, seasonal homes, and a unique and thriving downtown business area.
A Natural Environment characterized by "magnificent beauty and unusual attraction" due to its outstanding biological diversity, scenic mountain vistas, unpolluted watersheds, and fortunate location in the midst of the Nantahala National Forest.
Residential Areas cherished for "their charm, upkeep, low density, and single-family orientation." Real Estate and home construction remain two of the Town's top industries.
A Commercial Area that is "a bustling area of activity." While many small towns are trying to stimulate commerce, Highlands is in the enviable position of needing to manage its high rate of growth. The downtown is successful because of its quaint shops and restaurants, clean environment, and rustic atmosphere that is not overstated. For many people, the downtown serves as a focus for social interaction, and the Town has strived in its general layout and streetscape to invite people to mingle and window shop. The Highlands Chamber of Commerce offers links to area businesses.
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Families have been drawn to the breathtaking mountain vistas and crystal clear waters of Lake Toxaway since 1903 when the Fords, Edisons, and Rockefellers came by private railroad car.
Today, Lake Toxaway is a premier resort destination with nearly 1,000 homes and homesites, vacation rentals, and four-diamond accommodations at The Greystone Inn. This unique community offers exclusive access to North Carolina’s largest private lake, dramatic mountain views, great hiking and fishing, a family-friendly country club, and award-winning golf.
Located minutes from Highlands, Cashiers, and Brevard, or an easy drive from Asheville, Atlanta, and Greenville, Lake Toxaway is a place where Mother Nature displays some of her best work twelve months a year.
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Sitting along US 64 and located just about three miles east of the city of Cashiers, Sapphire can be easily accessed if you are coming from cities such as Knoxville, Atlanta, Charlotte, Columbia and other Southeastern cities within half a day. From Sapphire, reaching Western North Carolina is a breeze through Interstates 40 and 26.
In terms of living here, Sapphire boasts a closeness to nature like no other. The community is surrounded by vast mountain woodlands, rippling streams and majestic lakes. True to what this town used to be, Sapphire is definitely a one-of-a-kind jewel sitting on the Highlands-Cashiers plateau. Some of this place’s most popular attractions include Wyndham Resort, the Sapphire Valley Ski Resort, and the always-lively pub called the Sapphire Mountain Brewing Company, where you’ll have a taste of the town’s cheerfulness and hospitality.
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Western North Carolina Community List: Highlands, Cashiers, Sapphire, Lake Toxaway, Glenville