Visit Cashiers and the Jackson County area of the Western North Carolina mountains and you’ll discover what its residents enjoy year round – beautiful natural scenery, stylish cottage shopping, active outdoor living, warm hospitality, a casually sophisticated lifestyle and gracious village community.
Jackson County is home to the final stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway, near the Balsam Mountains. Excellent hiking is a plus in this scenic wonderland.
Located between nearby vacation destinations Lake Toxaway and Highlands, Cashiers is conveniently accessible on US Highway 64 at the crossroads of Highway 107, an hour’s drive from Asheville and less than three hours from Atlanta, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Charlotte and Greenville. Upscale resorts, exclusive vacation home rentals, quaint bed & breakfasts and small inns, and distinctive golf and lake clubs are located along the scenic drive from Lake Toxaway, Sapphire and Cashiers to Lake Glenville.
Although more than 3,500 feet above sea level, Cashiers is actually a valley on a mountain plateau, rising to more than 4,100 feet in neighboring Highlands. Summer offers easy temperatures of 80s in the day and fresh 60s at night, making the perfect climate for visiting dramatic natural scenery, casual hospitality, relaxation and many outdoor activities.
During the busy season of May to November, visitors enjoy numerous artisan festivals, outdoor concerts and world class sports – including cycling, golf, croquet, fly fishing, rafting and kayaking, hiking and rock climbing and more. Water features include Lake Glenville (the highest mountain lake east of the Mississippi), 12 major waterfalls and the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail (the first one of its kind in the US). Culinary events, wine tastings and theme parties offer many hospitality options. Children’s activities abound to keep the young as well as the young at heart busy.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a must-see destination, especially beautiful in the spring and fall. When the autumn days arrive, brilliant fall foliage adorns the mountainsides and thoughts turn to the upcoming holidays. Cut your own evergreen at one of Jackson County’s many Christmas tree farms and sip hot cider while the kids visit with helper elves.
After a bountiful Thanksgiving featuring locally grown fare, (and an appearance by Santa during Thanksgiving weekend), the Cashiers Crossroads bustles with the Festival of Trees from Thanksgiving to the New Year, as well as its annual Christmas Parade the second Saturday in December. In winter, the area is sometimes turned into a white winter wonderland for sitting beside a roaring fire, ziplining, or snow skiing and tubing at Sapphire Mountain.
After a few visits, don’t be surprised if you and your family move from extended vacations to owning a second home and perhaps even moving permanently to the Cashiers area. Juan and Lourdes Milciunas fell in love with the area 20 years ago when they won a charity auction for a week’s leisure stay. After returning several times while visiting their son at nearby Georgia Tech, they found their “place” and began enjoying their second home often.
Now retired, they split their time between Florida and the Lake Glenville community. “It’s the best of both worlds,” explained Lourdes. “We enjoy the friendships we have developed and the amazing beauty of this area. The character is that of a beautiful village filled with friendly, fun-loving people. What surprised us the most was the friendliness … strangers wave at us when we drive by. You certainly don’t see much of that in South Florida,” Lourdes said.
With a rich heritage dating from pre-historic geological phenomena to the late 1800s when settlers were escaping from Southern heat, the Cashiers Valley and surrounding mountain plateau offer a unique experience to all.
David Stroud relocated from his home state of Florida to put roots down in the Blue Ridge Mountains. He leads the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society. “I knew I would love the mountains … and the animals entrusted to our care,” David said. “What I could not have possibly imagined is how nice, genuine, sincere and welcoming the residents and businesspeople are to newcomers. I was made to feel at home on my very first day … I didn’t expect that and I absolutely love it!”
Whether you’re planning to stay a week or a lifetime, come discover the charm of the Cashiers/Jackson County area – the magic of the waterfalls and the streams, the beauty of its natural resources, the enjoyment of its hospitality and the character of its people.
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