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
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.
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 orhighlandsbiological.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
• 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
• 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