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Picture of Lake Toxaway Waterfall near the Gorges in Lake Towaway, NC. Gorges State Park, Lake Toxaway

Website: http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/gorg/main.php

Gorges State Park has plunging waterfalls and rugged river gorges and one of the greatest concentrations of rare and unique species of plants in the eastern United States.

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Picture of Downtown Highlands, NC.Highlands/Cashiers

Website: http://www.highlandschamber.org/

Highlands is known for having the best high altitude trout fishing in the Southeast. Highlands is also known for its many waterfalls in the area as well as mountain golf courses that offer beautiful scenic views. The town of Highlands has many unique shops and antique stores.  There are many beautiful hiking trails featuring hemlocks and mountain laurel Highlands.

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Picture of Whiteside Mountain near Cashiers, NCWhiteside Mountain

Website: Whiteside Mountain
Reviews: TripAdvisor

Whiteside Mountain has an elevation of 4,930 ft and is located between Cashiers and Highlands. The mountain offers magnificent views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Piedmont of South Carolina. The 1000 foot vertical cliff along the south side of Whiteside Mountain is a favorite amongst southeast rock climbers. Whiteside Mountain is about 390 to 460 million years old.