Highlands, NC Vacation Home Rentals | Natural Retreats


Surrounded by acres of the protected Nantahala National Forest in Western North Carolina, Highlands is home to peaceful landscapes, invigorating hikes, and unbeatable vistas. Our North Carolina mountain rentals will have you feeling at peace and relaxed in no time!

With a vibrant community theater, impressive live music schedule, and healthy gathering of local artists and artisans, Highlands, North Carolina offers visitors a unique, cultural experience and beautiful terrain to explore. With miles of wooded-trails in an area known as the “Land of Waterfalls,” families can get their adrenaline pumping with a whitewater rafting adventure, explore the area on horseback, or try the ancient art of falconry. Vacation in North Carolina and treat yourself to an experience unlike any other.

Activities & Experiences

Top 5 Things To Do

  • The Bascom

    Non-profit museum offers visual art exhibitions and educational programs.

  • Jackson Hole Gem Mine

    Family-owned mine giving travelers to opportunity to search for treasures rain or shine.

  • Dry Falls

    75-foot tall waterfall in the Nantahala National Forest that you can walk behind!

  • Cullasaja River Gorge

    Spectacular scenic drive along the Waterfall Byway between the towns of Franklin and Highlands, North Carolina.

  • Highlands Art Gallery

    Art gallery showcasing pieces from Highlands residents and artists abroad.

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"I can hike the waterfall trails, horseback ride, and whitewater raft, all in one place. The fall foliage is especially stunning."

Nicole has always loved to travel, spending time oversees for 2 summers in high school. She holds a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management, with a concentration in Tourism and Recreation Management. She has worked in Bellagio, Italy, for a summer where she became a certified Sommelier, and took her skills to Napa, California, where she worked at wineries for 3 years. Naturally she loves wine, but also has an affinity for animals, national parks, hiking, and trips to exotic places.