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Sapphire Valley is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is a very popular vacation spot in winter for skiing. There are a variety of things to do in Sapphire Valley, NC in the summer for the outdoor enthusiast, as well. Cities around Sapphire Valley such as Cashiers, Highlands and Brevard are within minutes and offer a variety of things to do in the summer. If you are up for a longer drive visit Cherokee, Asheville, and/or Hendersonville for even more things to do while you are in Sapphire Valley, NC in the summer.

Sapphire Valley

1. Golf at Red Bird Golf Links or Sapphire National Golf Club, both open to the public

2. See the falls at Whitewater Falls

3. Go hiking, fishing and enjoy the views at Gorges State Park

4. Horseback riding at Whitewater Equestrian Center



5. Enjoy outdoor entertainment, beautiful gardens and picnics at The Village Green

6. Go swimming to cool off in natural swimming holes of crystal mountain water in Panthertown Valley or Sliding Rock


7. Hiking, biking, grilling and fishing are available at Cliffside Lake Recreation Area

8. Hike along 700 foot cliffs along National Recreation Trail on Whiteside Mountain

9. See and learn about the flora and native animals of North Carolina at the Highlands Biological Station, Nature Center & Botanical Gardens

10. See a play or watch a movie at Highlands Playhouse

11. Take a scenic drive through Cullasaja River Gorge along the Waterfall Byway with views of three waterfalls


12. Go trout fishing at Morgan Mill & Balsam Grove Trout  Fishing

13. Go hiking and mountain biking at on Avery Creek Trail

14. Play tennis, exercise or swim at the Brevard Health and Racquet Club

15. Visit Transylvania Heritage Museum to learn about the history of Transylvania County

16. See the latest box office hits at Co-Ed Cinema

17. Check out one of the largest toy stores in the United States, O. P. Taylor’s

18. Go hiking on Art Loeb Trail in the Pisgah National Forest

19. Tour the oldest standing frame house in Western North Carolina, the Allison-Deaver House

20. Take a guided horseback ride through Pisgah National Forest with Pisgah Forest Stables


21. Get an early start on Christmas by visiting Santa’s Land Family Theme Park & Zoo

22. Get a great view of the Smoky Mountains on a horseback ride with End of the Trail Riding Stables, owned and operated on the Cherokee Indian Reservation

23. Explore the history of the Cherokee Indians on the Cherokee Indian Reservation

24. Check out the bears and other exotic animals at Cherokee Bear Zoo & Exotic Animals

25. Explore historic log buildings gathered from throughout the Smoky Mountains and being preserved at the Mountain Farm Museum

26. Explore the history of the Cherokee Nation and their role in the history of the United States at the Cherokee Museum

27. Check out the beauty of Mingo Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in the southern Appalachians at 120 feet tall

28. Ride the rapids in a tube or kayak with Cherokee Rapids Tube and Kayak Rentals

29. Visit Cherokee Fun Park and play games in the arcade, ride the go-karts and play some mini-golf


30. Check out the beauty of a 434-acre public garden at The North Carolina Arboretum

31. Take a tour of the 175,000 square foot Vanderbilt home on Biltmore Estate

32. Fly high through the trees on a zipline with Adventure America Zipline Canopy Tours

33. A go-kart track, mini golf course, laser tag arena, rock wall and video game arcade can all be found at Asheville’s Fun Depot

34. Take in a game of the Asheville Tourists minor league baseball team

35. Take in a show at Montford Park Players, North Carolina’s longest running Shakespeare Festival

36. Take a Grayline Trolley Tour of Asheville, several options available such as Hop-on, Hop-off Tour and Ghost Tour


37. See and explore the mountains on a mountain bike tour at The Bike Farm

38. Check out toys from the 1880s to the 1960s at the Hendersonville Antique Toy Museum

39. Visit exhibits and learn about gems, minerals and rocks from below the earth’s surface at the Mineral and Lapidry Museum of Henderson County

40. See and learn about the history of airplanes at the Western North Carolina Air Museum

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