Situated at a refreshing 4,118 ft elevation in Highlands, and nestled at an elevation of 3,484 ft in Cashiers, North Carolina, these towns exude elegance and charm. Whether you’re a fan of wandering along rivers for fly fishing, paddling, or kayaking, the surrounding areas promise a refined experience. Enjoy the captivating allure of waterfall excursions and great hiking trails. At Precipice Private Lodge, immerse yourself in nature by exploring our lodge’s grounds, adding to the wandering experience available at our retreat.

Explore sophisticated boutiques, savor convenient fine dining and immerse yourself in the abundance of nature. These quaint mountain towns are destined to become your cherished home away from home. Explore these exceptional local sightseeing spots we recommend: 

  • Whiteside Mountain
  • Granite City 
  • Iron Bridge
  • Dry Falls
  • Sunset Rock
  • Secret Falls
  • The Bob Padgett Giant Poplar Tree
  • The Chattooga River Reserve
  • Cashiers Sliding Rock


Create an adventure for you and your friends, retreat group, or business team! 

Your Precipice Private Lodge Experience Awaits!

Whiteside Mountain

This ancient peak is the area’s most iconic mountain and boasts the highest vertical cliffs in the East. The loop trail offers spectacular panoramic views where you may even glimpse a peregrine falcon flying overhead. The discerning eye can even spot our lodge while overlooking the railing.

Granite City

Discover the intriguing rock formations of Granite City, nestled in the Highlands/Cashiers area. Explore the rocky terrain, caves, and fissures in this natural wonderland, providing an exciting adventure in the base of Blackrock mountain.

Iron Bridge

Iron Bridge marks the starting point of the Chattooga Loop Trail, offering a scenic two-mile hike along the Chattooga River with opportunities for swimming and relaxation, as well as options for more extensive hikes.

Dry Falls

Explore Dry Falls, one of North Carolina’s most beautiful and easily accessible walk-behind waterfalls, on a short, quarter-mile trail near Highlands.

Secret Falls waterfall cascading into the water

Secret Falls

Hidden just 6.5 miles from downtown Highlands, Secret Falls (or Big Shoals Falls) is a serene 50-ft. waterfall in the Nantahala National Forest near the Georgia border. It’s a picturesque swimming hole, ideal for cooling off on a hot summer’s day.

Sunset Rock

Sunset Rock, part of the Highlands Plateau Greenway and North Carolina Birding Trail, offers an easy 0.7-mile one-way hike to a natural cliffside amphitheater with granite seating, providing beautiful sunset views over Highlands and Brushy Face Mountain to the west and vistas of Horse Cove to the east.

A man holding a fish

Fly Fishing

Highlands, NC offers excellent fly fishing opportunities, with its pristine rivers and streams attracting anglers seeking a memorable fishing experience for trout and other native fish species.


Highlands, NC offers excellent kayaking adventures along the Chattooga River Reserve, Lake Glenville, and other pristine locations.


The Highlands’ elevation offers a stunning night sky, and perched from our Terrapin Tower and Chimneytop Tower, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the stars and celestial wonders.

Chattooga River Trails

The national forest is filled with endless trails to explore and enjoy! Easily access Whiteside Cove Trailhead and conveniently connect to the Chattooga River Trailhead nearby.

Bob Padgett Giant Poplar

Located just outside Highlands, NC, witness one of the few remaining giant old growth Tulip Poplar trees in the Nantahala National Forest. Saved from clear-cutting in 1966 by forest ranger James R. ‘Bob’ Padgett, this colossal tree stands as a testament to conservation efforts.

Cashier Sliding Rock

Discover Cashiers Sliding Rock, a natural rock slide leading into a mountain swimming hole, located 2.8 miles west of Cashiers on Whiteside Cove Road. Enjoy swimming above and below the waterfall, but be sure to supervise children.

Wander the endless possibilities around Precipice Private Lodge

Map of the Highlands

Highlands, NC

Bob Padgett Giant Poplar

Granite City

Whiteside Mountain Trail

Cashiers Sliding Rock

Old Iron Bridge

Secret Falls Trailhead


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