"October Road Trip - NC Mountains" Cashiers by elmendorfs

Cashiers Travel Guide: 19 reviews and 27 photos

Cullasaja River Gorge

US Highway 64 going east from Franklin, NC through Highlands and Cashiers is a beautiful scenic mountain drive. VERY narrow and curvy compared to most US Highways, but well worth the effort if you have time to enjoy the scenery. Our trip in October was magnificent. This picture of the Cullasaja River was taken from a narrow pull off just wide enough to get out of traffic. In that area, the road is just chiseled out of the side of the mountain with very few places to stop.

Dam & Lake at Highlands, right on Hwy 64

Sorry, I don't remember the name of this lake, but it was right beside Hwy 64 at Highlands. It's quite a beautiful surprise as you come around a corner into town.

The dam was much higher than it appeared from the road and provided a great opportunity to stretch and explore.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful scenic mountain area.
  • Cons:Congested in October, with higher than usual prices.
  • In a nutshell:Wonderful relaxing area to visit.
  • Last visit to Cashiers: Oct 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • DAO's Profile Photo
    May 25, 2008 at 3:32 AM

    Great hotel tip.

  • Stephen-KarenConn's Profile Photo
    May 2, 2008 at 5:02 AM

    It's great to see Cashiers represented here on VT. I've spent several enjoyable family vacations at Sapphire Valley in the past.

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Jun 27, 2007 at 2:30 PM

    Gosh what stunning photos you have Fred!!Please put one in to show just how amazing the view must be from the restaurant Octobers End at the waterfall!Obviously a place i must visit!

  • Ekaterinburg's Profile Photo
    May 27, 2007 at 2:32 PM

    Cashiers looks like a beautiful place and your photos paint a stunning picture. The photo called 'beneath the dam' is really dramatic. I'd love to see it as the main photo on the intro page but it's hard to choose :))


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