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Family Fun

Rainy Day Activities

Andy’s Trout Farm

Located near Dillard, GA on 325 acres of mountain land that backs

up to the Nantahala National Forest, there are plenty of outdoor

activities at Andy’s. Hike to waterfalls, gem mine or catch some trout

for supper from the stocked ponds. For details, call 706-746-2550 or

see

andystroutfarm.com

.

Geocaching

Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout

the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic

idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and

then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people

from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for

the environment. There are over 400 geocaches in the Highlands area.

Visit

geocaching.com

for a complete list and start your family fun.

Highlands Biological Station,

Nature Center and Botanical Gardens

Tour the Highlands Botanical Garden to study the unique southern

Appalachian natural environment. The Botanical Garden is a must

see for the nature lover and serves as a living museum of labeled

native plant species. A guide will take you along the eight garden

trails and show you the various flowers blooming throughout, each

month there is a new flower blooming. Contact 828-526-2623 or

highlandsbiological.org

for more information.

Historical Walking Tour

Enjoy this informative 2.5 mile easy walk around charming Highlands

and learn how Highlands developed into one of Western North

Carolina’s greatest getaways. This guided tour leaves from Old

Edwards Fitness Center, and is available for Old Edwards Inn and Half-

Mile Farm guests only. Contact the Fitness Center at 828-526-8008,

ext 2667 for times and reservations.

Sunset Rock Hikes

Take a bird’s eye view of the town from Sunset Rock - an ideal choice

for a morning or an afternoon hike. A short hike leads you to a natural

cliff side amphitheater where slabs of granite provide front row seats to

view Highlands, Brushy Face Mountain and the vista of Horse Cove. Old

Edwards Inn and Half-Mile Farm guests may contact the Fitness Center

at 828-526-8008, ext 2667 for guided hike information.

Whiteside Mountain Hikes

At an elevation of 4,930 ft, this landmark along the Eastern Continental

Divide is famous for its postcard view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Whiteside Mountain is about 390 to 460 millions years old and legend

says it is the oldest rock in the world. A two-mile loop around the back or

north side of the mountain and gives visitors a chance to view a variety

of wildflowers. The trail climbs approximately 500 ft. and can be walked

in an hour, but allow plenty of time to take in the vistas. Old Edwards Inn

and Half-Mile Farm guests may contact the Fitness Center at 828-526-

8008, ext 2667 for guided hike information.

• Get pampered in The Spa and Hair Salon at

Old Edwards

• Go shopping and antiquing

• Create a “masterpiece” at Easely an Artist

• Check out The Bascom Center for Visual Arts

• Walk under Dry Falls

• Read a book in Hummingbird Lounge

• Take in a fitness class at the Highlands

Recreation Park

• Enjoy a swim under the retractable roof at the

Highlands Recreation Park Pool

• Visit the Highlands Nature Center

• Catch a movie or a play at Highlands Playhouse