About Highlands North Carolina

Highlands North Carolina

The mountain town of Highlands North Carolina was incorporated in 1879. It is believed that two frontier town developers, Samuel Kelsey and Clinton Hutchinson, drew a line on a map from New York to New Orleans and from Chicago to Savannah.

Downtown Highlands - Highlands North Carolina
Downtown Aerial – Highlands North Carolina

They felt that the point of intersection would be the perfect spot for a vacation community. This point was Highlands NC. Highlands is located at the southern end of the Blue Ridge Mountains at an average elevation of 4118 feet. Because of the climate, clean air and natural beauty of the area, Highlands was promoted as a health retreat and summer resort. Visit the Highlands Historical Society website for an in-depth view of Highlands from an historical perspective.

The development of Highlands Country Club in the late 1920’s further enhanced the town’s reputation. This now famous Donald Ross golf course has been played by many golfing greats, including Bobby Jones, who maintained a summer home at the Club. Bobby Jones still holds the course record despite many touring pros having played the course! Today there are four additional country clubs to choose from in Highlands NC.

Summer residents and visitors continue to flock to Highlands to enjoy the beauty of the mountains and waterfalls, the cool weather, and the relaxed environment of this wonderful mountain community . . . Not to mention World Class shopping for the ladies!

Many Highlands visitors return year after year to stay in one of Highlands historic inns and lodges. Some of the South’s best restaurants are located in Highlands and offer a wide variety of cuisine. The coveted ‘Wine Spectator Award of Excellence’ has been bestowed on four local establishments. Highlands has earned a reputation as a culinary paradise.

The latest addition to the Town of Highlands is the award winning Old Edwards Inn, a world class destination spa resort that includes the Old Edwards Inn Spa, Old Edwards Club, Madison’s Restaurant and Wine Garden, The Lodge at Old Edwards Inn and Acorns. The Old Edwards Inn complex has proven to be a great addition to Highlands.

Come to Highlands for a visit and you might decide to stay!