As many of you have learned, Doug and I always love sharing this stunning Keowee and nearby Highlands and Cashiers area with folks. We have the best of both worlds by having mountains at 6,000' elevations only 30-40 minutes away. It is no secret that we enjoy living life here to the fullest. Life here is big and fun. Doug and I want to help you make the most of it! Below is a beautiful video is about Highlands which is only 15 minutes from Cashiers. This video sums up our addiction to having an area like this a short drive away. There are many “secret places” there we would like to show you as well that are here in the SC mountains. Download a printable version of this page to help you make the most of your trip up to the mountains from Lake Keowee.
We call it vacationland — stunning but not somewhere we want to live — especially since the weather is so great here year-round. Doug and I are hooked on visiting there but the ice and snow we can do without! Also, in the Winter, many of the restaurants and shops are closed. We are owners in Keowee Key. Doug enjoys our Golf Course for year-round play which is only about 40 minutes from Cashiers. We boat on mountain river-fed, clear 18,000 acre mountainous Lake Keowee and Lake Jocassee. Located in both SC & NC, Lake Jocassee is 7,800 acres, has 27 waterfalls and is mostly surrounded by protected forests and mountains. Lake Glenville, the largest lake in the Cashiers-Highlands area, is beautiful, but at 1,400 acres is comparatively very small and may leave you looking for bigger water. Before we decided to specialize here, we worked in that mountainous area for many years as Brokers, but lived, boated and also sold here at Keowee. Some of our clients wanted to own in both places. Both have been our “playgrounds” for hiking to waterfalls and still are. The photo to right was taken in January 2015 on the Blue Ridge Parkway when Carol and I were hiking. This is close to Devil's Courthouse. The elevation is about 5,500 feet. This is one of our favorite places to go. The book to the left is our “bible” for the Parkway. It is a mile marker guide to points of interest. We have a standing reservation for the event of Fall at this mountain vista: the Pisgah Inn (don't miss the pics on this site) on the Parkway near Asheville. It's above the clouds and has amazing sunrises from your balcony. The food is wonderful at their famous restaurant as well. The Blue Ridge Parkway is about 1:15 from Keowee and about 1 hour from Cashiers.
It never fails to excite us to have two Falls and two beautiful Springs (with the high elevations being about 3 weeks different) with ever-fascinating mountain foliage that we find there and on the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway. We even pick wild blueberries at The Graveyard Fields waterfall trail. You may enjoy visiting our Waterfalls/Trails/Vistas page to learn about more nearby outdoor activities. The photo to right is the renowned, 411' high Whitewater Falls in the Jocassee Gorges. Clear mountain water from the Whitewater River fills Lake Jocassee which, in turn, fills Lake Keowee. We only get a few snow flakes here — sometimes one or two snow falls a year at best. It is a very special day if we get enough snow to take a picture of a snowy scene, but to get our snow fix, we go up to the Old Edwards Inn in Highlands for lunch and come back to our beautiful weather.
If you really want to learn about what is just up the mountain from us, jump into the archives of one of my favorite magazines: The Laurel. Subscribe to The Laurel for year-round beautiful photographs and story after story from local folks who hike, famous local artists etc. It is a treasure in itself. Pictorial maps which give locations of the shops and restaurants in Highlands and Cashiers are available at the bottom of this page.
Below is an overview of a few other interesting places we enjoy sharing:
Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire Valley and Lake Toxaway have many beautiful golf courses and country clubs. Three are open to the public and are listed below. Enjoy fine golf, spectacular mountain and lake views and wonderful weather (in season, of course).
Doug and I hope to see you soon on the trail or on the lake. As Buyer's Agents, we would also enjoy helping you find your little piece of Heaven here on Lake Keowee if you do not already reside here. On the other hand, if you or a friend are interested in selling your property, we challenge you to check out our Marketing Your Home page. If you have an interest in property in the NC mountains anywhere along scenic Highway 64 from Highlands to Asheville, we can recommend a RE/MAX® agent who is experienced in selling mountain property.
Click images for a larger view. Download PDF maps of Highlands and Cashiers from The Laurel Magazine.
These are printable in either 11 by 17 or 8½ by 11. Not all businesses in Cashiers and Highlands are on these maps.