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.
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.
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 Jackson County Visitors Center at the Cashiers Chamber of Commerce at 202 US Hwy 64 West near the center of town.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 6-8, 2017: Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival
A top event for the year is a big arts and crafts festival held on the beautiful Village Green and Commons during peak color. This year’s festival expects to welcome more than 100 artisans and merchants with unique handcrafted wood, pottery, jewelry and much more on display and available for purchase. Find plenty of food and drinks behind the two stages of the park, which will be filled with live music throughout the weekend. Live music is scheduled from 12 to 5 PM, on Saturday and Sunday. All of these shows are free. Most of these performers are local and regional acts, including jazz, blues, Americana, bluegrass, rock, soul, funk, and much more. The festival hours are 10 AM-5 PM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Free admission.
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
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