• Excursions

    Cashiers ExcursionsSometimes you want to take a trip and see something nearby. Here are some ideas.

  • Fishing

    Cashiers FishingYou'll find there are plenty of spots to go fishing in and around Cashiers.

  • Hiking

    Cashiers HikingLike to hike? Or just a walk in the woods? Then you're in luck!

  • Mountain Biking

    Cashiers Mountain BikingSome of the best mountain biking in the country is within an hour's drive of Cashiers.

  • Swimming

    Cashiers SwimmingThere are many natural swimming holes for cooling off in the summer!

  • Waterfalls

    Cashiers WaterfallsThe waterfalls around Cashiers range from breathtaking to peaceful to exciting to mammoth.

Rainbow Falls is one of the most dramatic falls in the Cashiers area. Silver Run Falls While it certainly isn't easy to reach, Bull Pen slices right underneath a road bridge. Middle Glen Falls during a rain. Lower Glen Falls
Rainbow Falls is one of the most dramatic falls in the Cashiers area. The 200' fall is located on the Horsepasture River near Sapphire. Get more information about Rainbow Falls »
Silver Run Falls is located just a short hike off of Hwy. 107 south of Cashiers. The 35' waterfall keeps a rather large plunge pool full of water for swimming. Get directions to Silver Run Falls »
While it certainly isn't easy to reach, Bull Pen slices right underneath a road bridge. It's a bit of a drive, but you won't have to go far once you park. More information on Bull Pen and directions »
Upper Glen Falls during a rain. Hiking down from Highlands, the second tier of Glen Falls cascades quite a way. Read more about Glen Falls »
Middle Glen Falls looks like a dream in this time-lapse shot. Find out how to visit Glen Falls »

From the guide

Excursions: Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway is a marvel of highway engineering. Connecting Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the NC/TN border to Shenandoah National Park in western Virginia, the Blue Ridge Parkway travels down the ridgelines of the Blue Ridge and Black Mountains for 469 miles. The closest entrance to Cashiers is via Hwy. 215 near Brevard, about a 45 minute drive.

Heading east on Hwy. 64, drive through Sapphire and Toxaway, passing Hwy. 281 along the way. Shortly after you enter the French Broad River Basin, look for Hwy. 215 on your left, near a river outfitters shop. Continue up the winding road until you see signs for the Parkway and see a stone bridge.

Taking a left (west) on the Parkway will take you through Sylva towards Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A right will lead you towards Asheville. Both directions are a glorious drive. There are many opportunities to stop at overlooks, hiking trails and nearby waterfalls. The road to the left and west will take you to the highest point of the parkway, over 6,000 feet. To the right is the highest concentration of tunnels on the parkway.

One great day trip will take you to the right along the parkway to Asheville, a charming city well worth the visit. Downtown Asheville has a great atmosphere, and there is, of course, the Biltmore Estate just south of the city.

If you have a full day, you could head towards Great Smoky Mountains National Park and spend the day (or several) there.

Everyone should travel on the Blue Ridge Parkway at least once in their lives. The long, smooth curves and skytop vistas will lodge themselves in your memory for a lifetime.

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