Swimming in Norton Falls!


Tucked away quietly in the Southwest corner of North Carolina, the quaint village of Cashiers is one of the state’s most charming places and most popular travel destinations. Surrounded by towering, picturesque mountains, it’s a clean, friendly town that is rich in history and heritage, legends and lore. Thankfully missing in this off-the-beaten-path locale are crowds, flashing neon signs and honky-tonks, for this is a family oriented hideaway with old-school values.

The greater Cashiers (pronounced CASH-ers) area is one of those delightful places that defies tradition by offering a wide variety of interesting things to see and do. In this spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains setting, visitors find peaceful valleys, sparkling lakes and rivers, cool summer breezes, majestic scenery, lush green forests and native flora and fauna throughout the year. This is a place with colorful names that spark vivid interest in the history of the former Cherokee hunting grounds. There are rivers named Hogback, Horsepasture and Chattooga and mountains called Chimney Top, Sheep Cliff, Glassyrock, Whiteside, Big Knob and Yellow Mountain.

Recreational amenities are numerous and include such outdoor activities as golf, tennis, horseback riding, boating, rafting, fishing, swimming, hiking and cycling. From the peak season of May through October, Cashiers is alive with enthusiastic visitors taking advantage of the area’s many attractions and attending a long list of festivals, concerts and arts and craft shows. Shops, restaurants and an abundance of outdoor activities that include fly fishing, hiking, boating, tubing and skiing combine to make it a one-stop destination for truly enjoying the outdoors.

At an elevation of 3,485 feet, the small town anchors the surrounding area of Lake Glenville, Sapphire and Lake Toxaway. Cashiers is in Jackson County and prides itself on the numerous communities where the emphasis is on gracious Southern living. In summer, the population swells from 2,500 to nearly ten thousand. This area is known nationally as the “Land of Waterfalls” because of the 19 falls scattered throughout the rugged mountain terrain. The granddaddy of them all is Whitewater, which features a drop of 411 feet and has hiking trails to the bottom. Other falls bear such appropriate names as Silver Run, Sliding Rock, Rainbow, Turtleback, Hurricane and Bridal Veil. All are easily accessible with a short hike and there are numerous photo and picnic opportunities along the way.