Highlands Town - Favorite Place for Golfers
Located in a plateau within the Jackson and Macon counties is the
town of Highlands. Founded in 1885 by Samuel Truman Kelsey and Clinton
Carter Hutchinson, it is particularly situated in the southern
Appalachian Mountains. The land has been a favorite place for golfers in
the 1930s after Bobby Jones of Atlanta established the Highlands Country
Club which is currently one of the seven most successful residential
country club communities.
As it is situated in an official elevation of 4,118 feet, the town of
Highlands has one of the highest altitudes of all towns in southern
United States and such factor make it one of the coldest places in the
area as well as a tourist attraction. Tourists are abundant in the area
from March to November.
Highlands is home to Episcopal Church of the Incarnation which is
included in the National Register of Historic Places. This Late Gothic
Revival parish designed by W.B. McGuire was built in 1896 and was added
in the Registry a century later, in May 1996. Its current rector is Rev.
Brian C. Sullivan.
Majority of the attractions in Highlands are nature-oriented. One of
which is the Adventure Depot in Yellow Mountain Road where visitors can
rent mountain bikes, canoes and kayak to explore the nature wonders of
the town. It also includes supervised horseback riding, rappelling, rock
climbing and hiking tours. Arrowmont Stables and Cabins boast itself for
offering one of the best trail programs in the country as it also
includes the best vacation cabins that feature best view of the place. A
lodge in the area is also preferable for weddings, receptions and other
Take a visit to any of the waterfalls in Highlands: the Bridal Veil
Falls, Cullasaja Falls, Dry Falls, Quarry Falls, Glen Falls, Silver Run
falls, Whitewater Falls and Upper Whitewater Falls.
Aside from nature-tripping, tourists will also enjoy dealing with the
other treasures of the land, including auction houses, antique dealers,
restaurants and specialty shops. Antique shops in Highlands include
Acorn's, Brier Patch, Chintz and Company. CK Swan, Mirror Lake Antiques,
Peak Experience and Scudder's. Four theaters are situated in Highlands:
the Highlands Playhouse, the Instant Theatre Company, Highland Community
Players and the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center. Experiencing
culture at other places such as the concerts in Highland Cashiers Music,
the workshops in the American Museum of Cut and Engraved Glass and
classes at the Center for Life Enrichment are definitely worth the