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Fall into Fun at High Hampton

September 23rd, 2011 by Staff

Three great new packages, stunning fall foliage, famous waterfalls, and a giant shadow of a bear add fun to the fall season at High Hampton Inn, located on 1,400 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Make the most out of your stay this autumn at High Hampton with three new money-saving packages. Take advantage of these amazing deals – Spa and Golf Package, Fall into High Hampton, and Three For Four – before the season ends.

Granite mountain with colorful fall foliage

High Hampton's Rock Mountain with fall foliage

Due to the high altitude of the inn, peak leaf season begins in mid-October and continues through the first week of November.  During this time, the forests are ablaze with rich reds, purples, oranges and golds.  The fall weather is the perfect time to hike, play golf and tennis, and explore the magic of the grounds.

During the last two weeks of October, when the sun sets behind Whiteside Mountain, its shadow creates a perfect image of a Black Bear that dances across the tops of the colorful trees. This spectacular natural phenomenon, known as the “Bear Shadow,” is not to be missed! The best places to view the bear are along U.S. Highway 64 in Cashiers, about one hour before dark. Make sure you bring your camera so you can capture an image of the famous bear!

A shadow of a bear is created when the sun sets behind Whiteside Mountain in October

Bear Shadow

Many well-known waterfalls that cascade over the rock faces of the Blue Ridge Mountains are tucked away in the area surrounding the inn. The Horsepasture River is the source for four of the waterfalls in the area: Horsepasture Falls, Whitewater Falls, Drift Falls and Rainbow Falls. Whitewater Falls, with a rocky plunge of 411 feet, is the highest waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains. U.S. Highway 64 weaves under Bridal Veil Falls and over Toxaway Falls, providing visitors a unique view of two of the falls in the area.

To get a sneak peek of the fall foliage, check out our very own Webcam– Leaf Link.

A Garden Fit For Giants, Fall Foliage And Waterfalls

February 2nd, 2011 by Staff

cp_waterfall High Hampton Inn is the ideal destination for nature lovers, especially during the fall.  With a garden fit for giants, miles of hiking trails, and numerous waterfalls nearby, there are so many exciting ways to experience the stunning jewel tones of autumn foliage.

On the front lawn of the Inn, a patch of heirloom or old-growth trees take up residence.  Planted more than 100 years ago, a Ginkgo tree, Bottlebrush Buckeye, Bald Cyprus, a fiery Copper Beech and one of America’s tallest largest Frasier Firs offer an amazing spectacle each fall and are a perfect compliment to the main Lodge, which was built in 1932 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Miles of well-marked hiking trails lined with a variety of Maple, Black Birch, Sourwood, Hickory, Yellow Poplar and Dogwood trees spread out from the Inn, leading hikers into the midst of Mother Nature’s rainbow of colors.  Hikers can climb to the summits of either Rock Mountain at 4,370 feet or Chimney Top Mountain at 4,618 feet to view the miles of fall colors in the valley between Cashiers, Highlands and Whiteside Mountain.

Southwestern North Carolina is also well-known for its mountain falls that cascade over the rock faces of the Blue Ridge Mountains as well as its fall foliage.  There are a number of waterfalls in the Cashiers, Franklin and Highlands areas that are even more stunning when they are surrounded by October’s peak leaf colors.  Many of the falls can be easily reached by following scenic U.S. Highway 64 east or west of High Hampton Inn.

The Horsepasture River is the source for four waterfalls in the area:  Horsepasture Falls, Whitewater Falls, Drift Falls and Rainbow Falls.  Whitewater Falls, with a rocky plunge of 411 feet, is the highest waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains.  U.S. Highway 64 weaves under Bridal Veil Falls and over Toxaway Falls, providing visitors a unique view of two of the falls in the area.