- Our list of the best things to do in Highlands, North Carolina, features the top 88 nearby activities — including 43 great attractions with user approval ratings of 90% or more!
- Highlands, NC has a variety of great sights and experiences nearby. Top categories include: Museums & Galleries, Outdoor Places, Amusement, and Sights & Landmarks.
- The results below include the top 16 things to do within the city of Highlands, NC , followed by 72 popular activities in nearby cities, including Franklin, Sylva, Walhalla, Clayton, Sapphire, Cashiers, Dillard, Tiger, Long Creek, Salem and Brevard
100% 4 votes
26 E Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734 MoreLess Info
The Pantaleo Art Gallery At Main Street Coffee & Tea is an art gallery filled with a large variety of photography. Visitors commonly enjoy visiting the gallery when stopping by the shop for coffee or tea.
Operated by the Historical Society of Macon County, the Macon County Historical Museum is a museum filled with exhibits and artifacts displaying the history of the local area. The museum also contains genealogical records and a gift shop.
Sitting 5,342 feet above Franklin, North Carolina, the Wayah Bald Lookout Tower offers unrivaled views of the surrounding land. The tower lies along the Appalachian Trail and is easily accessible from other area trails. There are outhouses and picnic tables on the tower's grounds.
Located in the gemstone capital of the United States, the Cowee Mountain Ruby Mine specializes in mining and cutting amethyst, quartz, citrine, emeralds and sapphires. Admission is free, and customers who wish to pan for gems pay a small per-bucket fee.
91% 32 votes
500 Oconee Station RD, Walhalla, SC 29691 MoreLess Info
Originally both a military outpost and a trading post, Oconee Station State Historic Site is still home to the William Richards House, and a stone blockhouse dating to the late 1700s. Take a guided tour, or hike the site's trails to Station Cove Falls.
94% 172 votes
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.
Providing the only public access to Lake Joccassee, Devils Fork State Park is notable for its mountain streams, waterfalls, and trout fishing, its clear water is also ideal for scuba diving. Overnight accommodation is available via campgrounds or fully-furnished villas.