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Located where US-64 and NC-107 intersect, Cashiers is the meeting point to wonderful destinations but worthy of a stop of its own. There are many things to do in Cashiers NC such that it should not be used as a driving point on the way to Highlands or Brevard. Here are the best things to do in Cashiers NC:
Things to Do in Cashiers NC
A flurry of activity takes place at the center of the town surrounding the intersections of US-64 and NC-107. To the side of each road and in either direction, visitors will find little shops catering to every desire, from furniture, antiques, clothing, and artists’ studios. Pause a little to explore the unique finds in town, particularly Victoria’s Closet boasting the largest selection of women’s consignment clothing and accessories, many with the original tags still on.
Only waterfalls involving no or little hiking have been included on this list:
- Silver Run Falls | NC-107, Cashiers
Not all waterfalls feature a swimming hole or beach area, but Silver Run Falls does! There is nothing better on a hot summer day than cooling off in these waters. It is a gorgeous view at any time of the year.
- Whitewater Falls | NC-281, Cashiers
The highest waterfall east of the Rockies, with a spectacular 411’ drop, is worth the drive through South Carolina to reach it. Whether you choose to stay on the observation deck at the top or climb down the 154 steps to the lower observation deck, you’ll be awestruck by the thunderous waters!
Shop the Cashier’s Farmers Market
78 US-64, Cashiers
For the last 25 years the Cashier’s Farmers Market, family-owned and operated, has sold gourmet food items highlighting local produce and providers. Pick out a lovely gift to take home or a gift basket for your host. Don’t feel like cooking, the fridges offer ready-to-heat meals so you can relax during your vacation. Or grab a bite to take with you as you hike to one of the waterfalls or Gorges State Park for a fabulous picnic option.
1940 NC-107, Cashiers
Stop by the main building and museum run by the Cashiers Historical Society. The School House, built in 1891, has been relocated along with other small buildings of historical value to the main property located near the center of Cashiers.
Grab a Tall Cool Brew at Whiteside Brewing Company
128 NC-107, Cashiers
Part of the Jackson County Ale Trail, Whiteside Brewing Company greets thirsty (and hungry!) guests every day except Wednesdays. With a motto like “mountain life in a glass,” you can just feel the relaxation flow through you as you try a pint of their tasty concoctions. Try the Cobra Chicken IPA – a juicy IPA.
Explore Gorges State Park
976 Grassy Ridge Road, Sapphire
Located in neighboring Sapphire, Gorges State Park offers hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders lots of areas to explore. Spanning from Brevard and into South Carolina, this Transylvania County beauty offers camping options too. Bordering Pisgah National Forest, its trails lead to Rainbow and Turtleback Falls, Upper Bearwallow Falls is a short hike from the Visitors’ Center.
Stay (or at least enjoy) High Hampton Resort
1525 NC-107 South, Cashiers
Looking for a swanky resort where to stay? The High Hampton Resort (closed for renovations in 2020) should be added to your bucket list. Featuring activities like sunrise yoga, spin classes, and tennis, there is never a dull moment at High Hampton Resort.
Delight your palate with local cuisine in a more casual dining experience or a more formal affair. Either way, your belly will thank you!
Learn local history at the Zachary-Tolbert House
1940 NC-107 South, Cashiers
Built in 1852, the Zachary-Tolbert House serves as a reminder of what the early settlers of the area maintained as their summer residences – elaborate Greek Revival style houses where they could escape to the cooler mountain region. Added to the National Register of Historic Places, the Cashiers Historical Society provides tours and encourages visitors to visit the grounds. A $5 donation per guest is recommended.
Visit the smallest Post Office
3798 Whiteside Cove Road, Cashiers
Between 1873 and 1953, the post office in Grimshawes, just 5.5 miles south of downtown Cashiers, operated here. The title is now held by the Ochopee, FL, in the Everglades to the east of Naples FL. Seeing this 5-foot by 6-foot space with no electricity, running water, or heat will make you appreciate your current working situation!
Where to Eat in Cashiers NC
Handmade dough makes this a popular destination when you’re craving pizza or calzones. Guests also like the sandwiches and salad options. A nice mixture of options for a group with varied tastes.
Cozy and elegant restaurant serving American dishes. A bit on the pricier side but the attention to detail and service make it a worthwhile experience.
Boasting a menu filled with American cuisine created with a Southern flare, this local favorite has been serving dinner for the last 20 years in a rustic 100-year-old barn setting. The banana pudding is apparently exquisite. A bit on the pricier side too but worth it according to regulars.
Where to Stay in Cashiers NC
Always a good option for our budget and needs, Hampton Inn delivers a consistently pleasant experience. Explore and hike the day away to return to your hotel with a heated indoor pool. The location is ideal for the area’s offerings.
Don’t forget to sign up for Marriott Bonvoy to accumulate points for your stay (and frequently get extra benefits like upgraded WiFi or rooms!). Increase your Marriott Bonvoy points with a Bonvoy credit card too!
Things to do in Cashiers – Itinerary
Explore the center of town, visiting the shops along the intersection of the two major roads. Grab a coffee or view the selection of goods at the Cashiers’ Farmers Market. Stop by the Historical Society’s office in town to see the museum and School House.
On your way to the Grimshawes Post Office, stop by the Zachary-Tolbert House. After visiting the Post Office, follow NC-107 to Silver Run Falls then Whitewater Falls. If you’re interested in Gorges State Park, head there next on your way to Brevard. If you’d like to see the waterfalls towards Highlands, you’ll head back into town to follow US-64.
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Annick, The Common Traveler