6 best things to do in the Highlands this winter

Ready to hit the open road and end up off the beaten path? If you haven’t visited Highlands, NC, make sure put this quaint destination with a big personality on your bucket list. Not convinced you need to pack your bags yet? Here are 6 reasons why you can’t miss the opportunity to bundle up and experience this charming town.

Snow fest

Coming up the last weekend of January, Snow Fest is back and better than ever! Open both Saturday, 1/28 and Sunday, 1/29, and located at an elevation of 4,118 feet in Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park. Come prepared to have some winter wonderland fun with a snowball toss, snow tube merry-go-round, snow slide, ice staking, s’mores, hot cocoa and more!

Ice skating

Open daily through March 5, enjoy ice skating with the beautiful town of Highlands in the background. Just $5 to skate, with coffee and hot coca available. You can’t miss this picturesque winter activity.

Go on a hike

Experience tranquility when you escape the city to renew your mind while hiking on one of the many trails and greenways located in Highlands. Dress warmly and get outdoors to see rivers, bridges, frozen waterfalls that you can walk under, and stunning winter vistas.

Escape to 200 Main

Take advantage of the winter specials at 200 Mainthat include overnight accommodations in their trendy mountain chic boutique, breakfast for two, ice skating, guided hikes and more.

Snow tubing

Just a short drive from downtown Highlands is Highlands Outpost, a family-fun adventure zone with snow tubing, gem mining, a 3800 foot mountain coster and more. Snow tubing is open most days through the first weekend in March, regardless of snow conditions. Thrill seekers can enjoy a leisurely ride on the magic carpet as they’re lifted to the top of the hill and then ride their tube all the way down.


Hit the slopes at Sapphire Ski Valley this winter. With an indoor pool, smaller slopes for beginners, snow tubing and more, Sapphire Ski Resort is the perfect winter activity for families.

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