The area around Cashiers and Highlands, North Carolina, is definitely an outdoor lover’s paradise, with many waterfalls and great hiking trails. An easy two mile loop affords breathtaking views from atop the 750-foot cliffs of Whiteside Mountain. Read more about this hike: http://www.romanticasheville.com/whiteside_mountain.htm.
Many of the waterfalls in this area, located in the Natahala National Forest, can be enjoyed with a short walk: Cashiers Sliding Rock, Bridal Veil Falls, Cullasaja Falls and Bust Your Butt Falls. The most beautiful waterfall in this area, Glen Falls, is accessed by a 1.5 mile hike. Read more about these waterfalls at http://www.romanticasheville.com/highlands_waterfalls.htm.
This area is about 1.5 hours drive from Asheville, North Carolina.