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Best things to do in Chattooga River

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Natural Feature
“Amazing to see tons of water fall over your head down. Wear good foot wear and bring a jacket you might get wet going under the falls. ”
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Trail
“There are six waterfalls right in the Cashiers - Highlands area, plus Whiteside Falls is a short drive away!”
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Bar
“Every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., The Ugly Dog features live blue grass music featuring a variety or artists throughout the year. But if you want a seat, come by 5:30 and have an early supper. We recommend the grilled salmon salad!”
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Restaurant
“Way more than a grocery store! Olive and wine bar, pizza & pasta bar, hot grill, buffet that changes daily. Oh and let's not forget the fresh bakery!”
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Natural Feature
“This is a little waterfall right on the main road. You used to be able to drive behind the falls but you can't anymore. You can park and get out for photos though.”
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Natural Feature
“A 0.8 mile trail out and back, moderately trafficked, very near downtown Highlands. This is the spot for a sunset view. Features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is accessible year-round.”
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Restaurant
“Seating in back for large groups; plenty of tables with big window, updated in front. Sandwiches as well as bagels and cream cheese, many coffees and teas; popular with year round residents and vacationers.”
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Art Gallery
“The Bascom Center provides exhibitions of traveling artwork. It also has a learning center for ceramics and crafts. ”
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Grocery or Supermarket
“Bryson's is a nice small supermarket in the city of Highlands. Prices will be slightly higher than in Franklin, but if you are up the mountain, it may be practical to pay a little more and not have to drive 20 miles to Franklin. ”
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Movie Theatre
“Highland's Playhouse is one of North Carolina's oldest and long running theaters. Its musical and dramatic performances are first class. During the weekdays the Playhouse also presents first run movies, usually of the artsy, eclectic variety.”
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Restaurant
“Cyprus caters to a more formal dining crowd and the meals are suitable for a discriminating palate. Cyprus comes with a positive recommendation based on prior experience. ”
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Cheese Shop
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“Great food selection from salads to burgers to everything in between! Bring your pets and order the true Southern sweet iced tea.”
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Food
“Satulah Mountain Brewery is Highland's first and only craft brewing company. Although it is considerably smaller than the breweries in Franklin, it is a friendly and comfortable place to relax. Hours are variable but it's worthwhile to go in and sample Dale's handiwork.”
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American Restaurant
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“Wonderful place to eat great food. Screened Patio overlooking lake and hummingbird feeders hard to beat. Great little piano bar atmosphere, strong drinks, and close to The Barn. ”
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Liquor Store
“Chattooga Belle Farm is a gem in this area. The views of the mountains are absolutely stunning! It is less than 15 minutes away from the Treehouse. There is a beautiful vineyard and orchard, country store, farm tours, U-Pick, and disc golf. Grab lunch at Belle's Bistro, they have a wonderful menu that includes local grass-fed beef. They are open for lunch seasonally. April-November, Tuesday-Sunday 11-2 and December-March, Thursday-Sunday 11-2. When done with lunch head over to the Chattooga Belle Distillery where you can taste their amazing spirits made with freshly harvested fruits from the farm. They are open Monday - Saturday 9-5. This is a super trip where you can spend a couple of hours and get a great meal while looking at the most beautiful mountain views around!”
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Park
“I learned of this hike from the Nantahala Hiking Club. They say it is "an excellent secluded 60' waterfall with access to the top and bottom of the falls. Wading or swimming permitted. The trail is fairly easy with two water crossings. 200' climb back out. Total Hike Distance: 3 miles. Rating: Easy. Elevation: 200' ”
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