Local Activities

Local Activities and Directions

In addition to the variety of water sports available on Lake Glenville, the region boasts world-class golf courses and outdoor tennis facilities. The Blue Ridge Mountains, part of the southern Appalachian chain of mountains, provide a dramatic backdrop for all types of nearby activities. Within minutes of the Lake House are some of the tallest peaks in the eastern United States, as well as dozens of celebrated trout streams, cascading waterfalls, thrilling mountain bike trails, a system of well maintained trails for hiking, white water and river rafting, horse-back riding, some of the best fly-fishing waters in North Carolina, secluded picnic spots and panoramic nature overlooks.

Other mountain adventures and luxuries await your discovery in the villages of Cashiers and Highlands and neighboring Dillsboro, Brevard and Waynesville. You can shop for antiques and hand-crafted treasures, dine at quaint cafes and fine restaurants, luxuriate at a spa or explore artisan galleries and places of historic importance such as the Biltmore Estate in nearby Asheville. To insure that you can take advantage of the many services and activities that Lake Glenville and the North Carolina mountains have to offer, we encourage you to use our E-concierge maps to make arrangements in advance for activities such as boat rentals, golf tee-times, horse-back riding, rafting, fishing, dining reservations and more.

The Blue Ridge Mountains are part of the eastern range of the Appalachian Mountain system and extend from southeastern Pennsylvania to Northern Georgia. Other sections of this chain include the Black Mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains. Their name originates from the blue hue of the forested slopes when viewed from a distance.

The Lake House is a short distance from many Southern cities. Our Blue Ridge Mountain vacation rental home is the ideal vacation destination, near enough for a quick weekend getaway or romantic escape and secluded enough to feel that you've left the world behind. The convenient location makes the Lake House on Lake Glenville the ideal choice for a family vacation.

  • Amelia Island: 410
  • Asheville: 65
  • Atlanta: 150
  • Birmingham: 295
  • Charleston: 290
  • Charlotte: 166
  • Chattanooga: 165
  • Columbia, SC: 180
  • Columbus, OH: 498
  • Ft. Lauderdale: 775
  • Greenville, SC: 70
  • Highlands: 12
  • Jacksonville, FL: 450
  • Knoxville: 140
  • Louisville: 387
  • Nashville: 324
  • New Orleans: 608
  • Orlando: 575
  • Raleigh: 323
  • Savannah: 339
  • St. Louis: 630
  • Washington, DC: 543

 Nearby Smoky Mountain Airports

If you plan to fly, the following commercial airports service the Cashiers / Highlands area. These distances are in miles.

  • Asheville, NC (AVL): 65
  • Atlanta, GA (ATL): 150
  • Knoxville, TN (TYS): 140
  • Greenville, SC (GSP): 70

The nearest general aviation airport is the Jackson County Airport in Sylva.

Hiking Trails in the Cashiers, Highlands Area

Foothill Trails - 2.5 mi. - moderate/strenuous
From Cashiers North Carolina, drive south on NC and SC 107 9.3 miles to SC 413 and a sign for Whitewater Falls. Turn left and continue 2.3 miles to the intersection with SC 130. Make another left and drive north on SC 130, which becomes NC 281 at the state line. Just beyond the state line is a sign for Whitewater Falls. Visitors coming from Toxaway and other points east should start at US 64 and 281 and drive south 8.6 miles to the Whitewater Falls parking area.

Little Green Loop - 5.5 mi. - moderate/strenuous
From Cashiers drive east 2 miles on US 64 to Cedar Creek Road on the left. Drive up Cedar Creek Road 2 miles to its intersection with Breedlove Road.

Moss Gap Area - 3 mi. - moderate/strenuous
From US 64 and Ellijay Road (SR 1001) south of Franklin in Macon County drive northeast on Ellijay Road 9.6 miles to SR 1522. Or from NC 107 and Tilley Creek Road (SR 1001) south of Sylva, drive southwest 6.6 miles on SR 1001 through Speedwell to the Jackson-Macon County line. SR 1522 is on the Macon County side. Moss Gap and FS 323 is 1.2 miles and 200 feet above SR 1001. The bike route may be started at SR 1001 or at the Gap.

Schoolhouse Falls - 2.5 mi. - moderate/strenuous
From Cashiers drive east 2 miles on US 64 to Cedar Creek Road on the left. Drive up Cedar Creek Road 2 miles to its intersection with Breedlove Road. Continue on Breedlove approximately 4 miles to its end and the parking area for Panthertown.

Silver Run Falls Trail - 0.3 mi. - easy
Silver Run Falls is located 4 miles south of Cashiers on North Carolina 107.

Standing Indian Basin Trails - 32 mi. - strenuous
From Franklin, take U.S. 64 W for 9 miles. Turn left on old 64 for 2 miles. Turn right on FR 67 (gravel) toward Standing Indian Campground. There are several trailheads.

Whiteside Mountain Trail - 2 mi. - strenuous
From Highlands, take U.S. 64 E for about 5 miles. Turn right on NC 1680 (Whiteside Mountain Road) and follow the signs to the trailhead.

Yellow Mountain Trail - 4.8 mi. - strenuous
Drive east on US 64 from Highlands 2.7 miles and turn left onto Buck Creek Road. Continue 2.3 miles up to Cole Gap. There is a sign and steps at the trail head on the right side of Buck Creek Road.