1. Golf at High Hampton Inn
Each of the 18 holes on this NC mountain golf course is a new scenic experience. Lined by towering pines, hemlocks and mountain laurel and surrounded by mountain peaks, all tees, fairways and greens are as beautiful as they are challenging.
Designed by the late, eminent golf course architect, George W. Cobb, ASGCA, this North Carolina golf course features bent grass greens and plays at 6,012 yards from the back tees. The par 3, 137-yard famed 8th “island” hole – upon which Golf Digest bestowed the title “One of America’s Great Golf Holes” – is rivaled by 17 others, each one equally beautiful and equally challenging.
In addition to the course, there are two putting greens and an excellent practice range at this Blue Ridge Mountain golf resort in Cashiers. The tee area of the practice range is covered for protection from occasional rains.
The High Hampton Golf Club is open to guests and residents looking for golf vacations in North Carolina.
2. Hiking Trails
Eight well-marked NC mountain hiking trails in Cashiers lined with hemlock, rhododendron and mountain laurel, offer a variety of skill levels and traverse the 1,400 acres of the High Hampton estate. Strike out on your own or join one of our guides for a group excursion.
Reach the peak of Chimney Top Mountain at 4,618 feet for a breathtaking view of Cashiers valley and the Blue Ridge mountains, enjoy a casual trek alongside Hampton Lake, or get a cardio workout on our exclusive Fitness Trail. Named trails include Lake Trail, Wildflower Trail, Headwaters Trail, Azalea Trail, Shortia Trail, Chattooga Ridge Trail, Chimney Top Trail and Rock Mountain Trail. An hour-and-a-half hike leads to the peak of Chimney Top Mountain, and another one-hour hike crosses the summit of Rock Mountain at 4,370 feet.
The Fitness Trail is professionally designed to tone your muscles and give you the cardiovascular exercise that is important to good health. It originates at the upper end of Hampton Lake and proceeds to the base of Rock Mountain. There are 10 stations with instructions for fitness at each station.
3. Fly fishing – http://www.flyfishingtrail.com
- Chattooga River – The headwaters of the Chattooga River run through Forest Service lands. As it finds its way down the old-growth Hemlock forest, there is a trail system by its side that goes for miles. The fishing is at its peak in the spring and fall, but even summertime produces good days.
- Davidson River – The Davidson is continuously ranked in the Top 100 of trout streams in the United States by Trout Unlimited. Running through Pisgah National Forest, this river has diversity. Its headwaters produce wild fish on dries in the summer.
- Tuckaseigee River – The “Tuck” is the largest river in our immediate area. It is used to generate electricity, and when the water is pumping wading is not safe. This is a hatchery supported river, so it does receive stockings throughout the year. But most fish it for its catch-and-release waters from October 1 through the first Saturday in June.
- Whitewater River – Ranked with the Chattooga in American Angler, the Whitewater is another great wild brown trout river. Again, spring and fall are the peaks, but it is a popular summer destination as well. In summertime, the brown trout are wary, but you will find there is a population of rainbows.
4. Children’s programs at High Hampton Inn
During June, July and August, our younger guests enjoy programs 6 days a week from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. under the caring guidance of Julia
Boeve, Recreation Director. The age range for members is 3 to 9 years. A variety of supervised, age-related activities are offered. These include donkey cart rides, hiking, swimming, nature walks, games, arts & crafts, and picnic lunches. Each evening from 6 to 9 p.m., there are fun events such as hayrides, pajama parties, Mexican fiestas, games and cookouts. The goal of the Kids’ Club staff is to provide happy vacation memories for each attendee. Our younger guests are very special!
For children too young to be in the Kids’ Club, babysitters can usually be arranged with adequate notice.
Youth at High Hampton (YAHH) is a special program for guests ages 11-15. Held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the summer, this program engages teens with activities such as nature hikes, geocaching and kayaking. Bonfires, Frisbee golf, volleyball, and games build lasting friendships.
Teenagers have their own special place – The Teen Room. It is a gathering place with foosball, ping pong, air hockey and TV. There are scheduled activites such as bonfires, ultimate Frisbee, tennis and pizza parties.
Equipment is available for croquet, bocci, corn toss, tetherball, volleyball, badminton, putting, and other lawn games.
The casual setting encourages families and children to mix, mingle and play together, and many make life-long friendships, scheduling annual vacations at High Hampton the same time each year. High Hampton Inn offers activities for everyone, so it is the perfect destination for family reunions in the North Carolina mountains.
4. Shopping and Dining
There are many great shops and antique shops in the Cashiers, Highlands area and also some great restaurants. The Inn at High hampton serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and is superb. A family favorite is their great fried chicken and vegetables it makes the perfect Sunday lunch.
Another local favorite is the Orchard www.theorchardcashiers.com it is located across the street from the cottage and serves excellent food and local fare, it is delicious! (my favorite on the menu Trout Chattooga)
The Summer Place is a great stop for antique lovers – www.summerplaceantiques.com
Buck’s Coffee is an all time favorite for coffee and treats. There are many shops and restaurants and something for everyone in the Highlands, Cashiers area.
Below are listings of shops and restaurants in the area.
High Hampton Inn & Country Club
Phone: (828)743-2411 | 1525 Hwy. 107 S. Cashiers, NC 28717
Phone: (828)743-7889 | 3093 Hwy. 64 East Sapphire, NC 28774
Phone: (828)743-5355 | 45 Slab Town Rd. Cshiers, NC 28717
Buck’s Coffee Cafe of Cashiers
Phone: (828)743-9997 | 6 Hwy. 107 North Cashiers, NC 28717
Phone: (828)743-1065 | Hwy. 107 S. at the Village Walk Shops Cashiers, NC 28717
Phone: (828)743-3200 | Hwy. 64 West Cashiers, NC 28717
Cashiers BP-Hunt’s Bros. Pizza & Boar’s Head Deli
Phone: (828)743-2337 | Hwy. 64 East Cashiers, NC 28717
Cashiers Exxon/Chester’s Chicken
Phone: (828)743-5041 | Corner of 64 W. & 107 N. Cashiers, NC 28717
Cashiers Farmer’s Market
Phone: (828)743-4334 | 78 Hwy. 64 E. Cashiers, NC 28717
Cornucopia Gourmet Deli
Phone: (828)743-3750 | Hwy. 107 S. Cashiers, NC 28717
Phone: (828)526-4429 | 470 Dillard Rd. Highlands, NC 28741
Kilwin’s Chocolates & Ice Cream
Phone: (828)526-3788 | 370 Main St. Highlands, NC 28741
Mica’s Restaurant & Pub
Phone: (828)743-5740 | 4001 Hwy. 64 E. Sapphire, NC 28774
Phone: (828)553-7173 | Hwy. 64 E. at the Ingles Shopping Center Cashiers, NC, NC 28717
Sapphire Mountain Brewing Co
Phone: (828)743-0220 | 50 Slicers Dr. Sapphire, NC 28774
Subway of Cashiers
Phone: (828)743-1300 | Hwy. 64 E. Cashiers, NC, NC 28717
The Gamekeeper’s Tavern
Phone: (828)743-GAME | 3646 Hwy. 64 E. Sapphire, NC, NC 28774
Phone: (828)743-1180 | Hwy. 64 E. at the Ingles Shopping Center Cashiers, NC, NC 28717
Phone: (828)743-7614 | Hwy. 107 S. Cashiers, NC, NC 28717
The Zookeeper Bistro
Phone: (828)743-7711 | Slab Town Rd. at the Mountain Laurel Shops Cashiers, NC, NC 28717
Tommy’s Coffee Shop
Phone: (828)743-2010 | Hwy. 107 S. Cashiers, NC, NC 28717
Phone: (828)743-1800 | 252 Highway 107 South Cashiers, NC 28717
Main Street Folk Art & Furnishings
Phone: (828)743-2437 | Hwy. 107 N. Glenville, NC 28736
Phone: (828)226-5704 | Hwy. 64 W. in the Wormy Chestnut Bldg. Cashiers, NC 28717
The Ryan Companies
Phone: (828)743-6565 | 551 Hwy. 107 S. Cashiers, NC 28717
Vivianne Metzger Antiques
Phone: (828)743-0642 | 31 Canoe Point – Valley Rd Cashiers, NC 28717