- TripBuzz found 84 things to do with kids in or near Sapphire, North Carolina, including 79 fun activities for kids in nearby cities within 25 miles like Franklin, Pisgah Forest, Brevard and Highlands.
- From Whitewater Equestrian Center to Whitewater Falls, the Sapphire area offers 94 different types of family activities, including: Hiking Trails, National & State Parks, Waterfalls and Golf.
- Sapphire is a valley nestled within North Carolina's scenic Blue Ridge Mountains. The area is a popular tourist area for its extensive outdoor recreation activities. Visitors from the surrounding regions, and throughout the US, visit the Valley year round, with its most popular times being winter for premier skiing and spring for its colorful foliage and hiking trails.
Ride the historic Cherokee Footpath on horseback, following in Daniel Boone's footsteps at the Whitewater Equestrian Center, or stay behind and mine for gems in their family friendly barn. On the ride, trail guides discuss local folklore, history, and ecology.
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Highway 281 South, 976 Grassy Ridge Rd (Visitor's Center), Sapphire, NC 28774 MoreLess Info
Visitors to Gorges State Park can partake in hiking, fishing and camping among waterfalls and river gorges. Considered a temperate rain forest, the park is also home to several rare and endangered plant and animal species.
The Village Green features outdoor entertainment throughout the year. On top of that, visitors can enjoy beautiful gardens, picnics, and walking through paths that lead through wetlands, a forest glade, and grassy lawns.
The breathtaking Cullasaja Falls are located next to Route 64 in Highlands, NC. The parking lot is quite small, and sits just off of the highway, in the midst of an extremely dangerous, high-accident portion of it. Avoid visiting Cullasaja Falls during rush hour.
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US 64, Nantahala National Forest, Highlands, NC MoreLess Info
A $4 parking fee grants visitors admission to the Cliffside Lake Recreation Area. This popular destination is excellent for hiking, biking, grilling and fishing. Visitors who wish to fish must have a valid North Carolina fishing license.
Whiteside Mountain is a mountain that offers a National Recreation Trail along 700-foot cliffs. Depending on visibility, hikers can see Blue Ridge Escarpment, Chattooga River headwaters, Highlands and Cashiers, and northern South Carolina.
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Highlands, NC MoreLess Info
Up to 40 researchers can live and work at the research station that is part of the Highlands Biological Station, Nature Center and Botanical gardens. Meanwhile, in another part of the facility, school programs and summer camps teach children about the biodiversity of the Southern Appalachian region.