Cashiers North Carolina Visitor Guide

Cashiers, NC

Cashiers is a popular vacation destination in Jackson County and the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, located just 10 miles from Highlands and about 63 miles from Asheville, along scenic Highway 64. Sitting at a high elevation of about 3,500 feet in the middle of the Nantahala National Forest, this cool, lush area has plenty of beautiful spots for outdoor activities. Surrounded by mountain peaks of more than 5,000 feet, Cashiers averages 75 inches of precipitation, so the area is filled with rivers and waterfalls.

Cashiers NC

The center of the community is the intersection of NC Highway 107 and US Highway 64. Explore numerous apparel boutiques, antique shops, home furnishing studios and outstanding restaurants.

Cashiers NC Park

Stroll through the Village Green, a 12-acre park with outdoor sculpture by renowned artists, walking paths, boardwalks over wetlands and beautiful gardens. For plenty of local advice, stop by the Visitors Center at the Cashiers Chamber of Commerce at 202 US Hwy 64 West near the center of town. 

The 1852 Zachary-Tolbert House (1940 Highway 107 South) survived intact for 150 years without electricity, indoor plumbing, or central heat. The Cashiers Historical Society saved the home and grounds. Inside is collection of hand-crafted ‘plain-style’ furniture. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day on Friday and Saturdays 11 AM-3 PM. 

Year-round population is 2,000. During peak season (May-October), the population increases to 25,000+. You'll find plenty of things to do, including golf, tennis, fly fishing, hiking, cycling and more. Local accommodations range from vacation home rentals to resorts like the High Hampton Inn. The Cashiers area boasts a casually-sophisticated lifestyle with an impressive arts and music scene. Winter averages just a dozen or so snowy days, so it's a great time to enjoy extra tranquility or hit the slopes at Sapphire.

Cashiers, NC

The Outdoors
Hiking: The best hike near Cashiers is iconic Whiteside Mountain, a relatively easy 2-mile hike along a rock face with fabulous views. See our Whiteside Mountain Guide. Twice a year, watch the Shadow of the Bear appear across the valley from behind Whiteside Mountain from an overlook along US 64 (read more). A more challenging 10-mile roundtrip hike takes you to the top of Yellow Mountain. There are many hikes in the Nantahala National Forest. One of the gems there is Panthertown Valley, called the "Yosemite of the East". Don't miss Schoolhouse Falls there. See our Panthertown Valley Guide.

Silver Run Falls NC

Waterfalls: There are many waterfalls to find in the area, including the must-see Silver Run Falls (above) and a new trail to High Falls. See our Cashiers and Highlands Waterfall Guide. Also nearby are Whitewater Falls and Rainbow Falls in Gorges State Park.

Lake Glenville Beach NC

Boating: Lake Glenville is just a few miles north of Cashiers along NC Highway 107. With 26 miles of shoreline, Lake Glenville is the highest in elevation east of the Mississippi (mean sea level is 3,500 feet). It's a great place for fishing and boating. Find a beach across from the High Falls trailhead

Lake Glenville Boating

Rent a pontoon boat at Signal Ridge Marina to explore the lake and see several waterfalls.

Fishing: Two officially National Wild and Scenic Rivers, the Horsepasture and Chattooga on the Fly Fishing Trail. See our Fishing Guide for more.

Golf: There are many private golf courses in the Cashiers area. For a great public course, check out High Hampton Inn.

Directions from Asheville

  • I-26 to exit 40/Highway 280/Airport exit to Brevard. Then follow US Highway 64 to Cashiers. Very scenic drive, but many curves b/w Brevard and Cashiers. Allow two hours to drive. 63 miles
  • Alternate Route: Take I-40 West to route 23/74 W towards Waynesville. Take 23/74W to 23/441 towards Dillsboro, Sylva and Franklin. At Franklin stay on the by-pass and take U.S. Highway 64 East through Highlands to Cashiers. 95 miles

See more of our Coolest NC Mountain Small Towns.

Cashiers Things To Do

High Hampton Inn
This historic mountain inn is reminiscent of the great summer resorts of the Adirondacks. Located on 1,400 acres, the property offers golf and tennis, hiking trails, a 35-acre lake for swimming, boating and fishing; and a European spa. Special seasonal events include workshops, house parties, and summer children's programs. Guests may stay... read more
Lake Glenville & Signal Ridge Marina
Lake Glenville
This pristine reservoir near Cashiers is the highest elevation of any lake east of the Mississippi. Signal Ridge Marina rents a variety of Bennington pontoons and tritoons, as well as tubes, paddleboards, skis, wakeboards and kneeboards. There's even a beach!
Silver Run Falls
Silver Run Falls
Near Cashiers in Nantahala National Forest is a beautiful 25-foot waterfall that cascades into a family-friendly pool with a small, sandy beach. A short walk from roadside parking.
Jackson County
Jackson County
So many things to do, includes towns of Cashiers, Cherokee, Dillsboro, Sylva, Balsam, Cullowhee, Glenville and Sapphire. Art, train excursions, heritage sites and more.
Whiteside Mountain
Whiteside Mountain
(2 miles loop hike, moderate) A landmark in the Nantahala National Forest, Whiteside rises to an elevation of 4,930 feet, located between Cashiers and Highlands. A loop trail takes you on top of sheer 750-foot high cliffs (plenty of railings for safety) with outstanding views.
Schoolhouse Falls
Schoolhouse Falls
(2.5 mile roundtrip hike, easy) The cascade in Panthertown Valley in Nantahala National Forest is small, but really big on beauty with a great pool for a splash.
Panthertown Valley
Panthertown Valley
(5 miles loop, moderate) Hike 30 miles in this wilderness area with waterfalls and dramatic cliffs. A great half day hike is a five mile loop to Schoolhouse Falls, Greenland Creek Falls and Little Green Mountain. It's easy to extend the hike in the network of trails.
Jackson County Places to Stay
Jackson County Places to Stay
Choose from historic B&Bs, mountaintop log cabins, lakeside resorts and camping in the great outdoors - in Sylva, Dillsboro and Cashiers area. Find a mountain getaway for any budget. Pic: High Hampton Inn

Cashier Events

Arts & Crafts Fair
Rotary Arts & Crafts Fair, Cashiers
Saturday, May 27, 2017 to Sunday, May 28, 2017
See works of 90 of the finest artisans from the Southeast on the Village Green in Cashiers, 10 AM- 5 PM. Find ironwork, woodcraft, textiles, cakes, jams, pottery and more. Free admission, but donations accepted.
Pots on the Green
Pots On the Green
Saturday, June 24, 2017 to Sunday, June 25, 2017
See 15 invitational potters in Cashiers with a big pottery sale, demonstrations and more on the Village Green gazebo and park. 10 AM-5 PM. Free admission.
Arts & Crafts Fair
Rotary Arts & Crafts Fair, Cashiers
Saturday, September 2, 2017 to Sunday, September 3, 2017
See works of 90 fine artisans from the Southeast on the Village Green in Cashiers, 10 AM- 5 PM. Find ironwork, woodcraft, textiles, cakes, jams, pottery and more. Free admission, but donations accepted.
Cashiers Leaf Festival
Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival
Friday, October 6, 2017 to Sunday, October 8, 2017
Held on the Village Green in the middle of Cashiers at peak color time, see the works of 100+ artists while enjoying live music and great food. The free festival is open 10-5 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
This is the tale of two waterfalls. High Falls (or Cullowhee Falls) is located just below the dam for Lake Glenville on the West Fork Tuckasegee River near... read more
Here's a unique fall leaf-looking experience in the North Carolina mountains! Go bear hunting near Highlands and Cashiers and shoot one with your camera. The “shadow of the... read more
The remake of the classic Dirty Dancing movie that airs on ABC on May 24, 2017 8-11 PM was filmed at the High Hampton Inn in Cashiers, ... read more
We love exploring our cool small towns nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina, filled with historic buildings with a mix of longtime family operated stores and restaurants,... read more
Nantahala National Forest is the largest national forest in North Carolina (531,286 acres), covering much of the western tip of the state. From Asheville, head west past the Blue Ridge Parkway to... read more