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.