This Couples Tour is highly customizable to give you the best of your couple celebration. Reserve an adventure vehicle for your Private Couples Tour and discover the best of Highlands and the surrounding Nantahala National Forest.
Sightseeing Tours and Hikes in the Nantahala Rainforest, NC
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This private tour starts in Highlands and guests learn fun facts about Highlands then your back road adventure takes you to amazing vistas of surrounding mountains and local waterfalls in the Nantahala Temperate Rainforest.
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While all of our tours are kid friendly, this 2.5 hour private Roller Coaster Tour is geared especially toward kids with an activity they love, riding a roller coaster. Book online!
Reserve a Pinzgauer (Mountain Horse) adventure vehicle for your private party and discover an adventurous way to see the best Highlands waterfalls, including Bridal Vail Falls, Dry Falls, and Glenn Falls. Book your Private Waterfall Tour online today!
While all of our tours are kid friendly, this 2.5 hour private adventure tour is geared especially toward kids with an activity they love — gem mining! Book your private gem mine tour today!
This Private Ellicott Wilderness Tour starts in Highlands, then your backroad adventure takes you to amazing vistas of surrounding mountains, including the pot-holes at the Iron Bridge over the Chattooga River, and Slick Rock Trail.
This Private Satulah Mountain Hike is a moderate hike (with some steep sections) to see spectacular views of four states! In winter, we stop along the way and brew coffee or hot chocolate over a wood fire.
This Private Secret Falls Hike is a relaxed three mile round trip hike (with some steep sections) to see Secret Falls, a 40 feet breathtaking waterfall in the Temperate Rain Forest. Book your hike online!
Reserve the Pinzgauer (Mountain Horse) for your private party and discover an adventurous way to get to know the surrounding Nantahala National Forest here on our Private Creation Tour! Book online today.
Take scenic dirt roads to USFS Blue Valley Experimental Forest for a relaxed two mile round trip hike to see Picklesimer Rock House, a Civil War soldier’s hideout. Book your Private Picklesimer Rock House Hike online!
Explore the Nantahala National Forest with a Private California Mountain Tour! Book your breathtaking tour online today.
In the Private Blue Valley Tour, we take you to scenic dirt roads to USFS Blue Valley Experimental Forest. We will stop along the way at Brooks Falls for s’mores over a real fire. Our open-air adventure vehicles will whisk you through the temperate rainforest back to Highlands, NC. Who knows — we may spot Big Foot crossing a dirt road!
Private Devils Courthouse Hike — Our latest hike is a perfect workout with the reward of amazing views. Take on a difficult three mile hike challenge with some steep trails, several downed trees and dry creeks to cross.
The Private Whiteside Mountain Hike is a perfect workout with the reward of amazing views. A moderate three mile hike with some steep trails and stairs. Book online!
Enjoy a relaxed 1/2 mile round trip walk (with 154 steps to an observation platform, optional) to see Whitewater Falls, the tallest Falls on the East Coast, at 411 feet. Book your Private Whitewater Falls Tour online today!
Discover an adventurous way to get to discover the surrounding Nantahala National Forest and the Ellicott Wilderness area.
Come Adventure with us! This is a relaxed 2 mile round trip hike (with some steep sections) to see Ranger Falls, a 40 feet breathtaking waterfall in the Temperate Rain Forest.
Learn about the Nantahala Temperate Rainforest along the way. This tour is very scenic, fun, and easy for all ages, a great way to spend time with family and friends.
About Highland Excursion
Highland Excursion specializes in custom, “Private” scenic tours within the Nantahala National Forest. Your tour starts in the quaint town of Highlands or Cashiers. These North Carolina hidden jewels are just a two hour drive north of Atlanta surrounded by the Nantahala Rainforest and situated atop a plateau. Experience mother natures’ four seasons, explore scenic drives in our open-air classic Pinzgauer adventure vehicles, stroll beneath waterfalls, drive through a rare North American temperate rainforest, see massive 400 year old trees in the shadow of the oldest mountains in the world. A Highland Excursion is one of the best things to do in Highlands, NC.