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Tours Guidelines and Information

Here Is Some Helpful Information For Guests Who Have Purchased A Tour:

Please Note that Our Tour Pickup Location has been Changed to Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park unless we Arranged in Town Highlands Hotel Pick-up

Morning Tour Time is 10:00am:

Guests should be ready for pickup at the Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park at 9:45am

Afternoon Tour Time is 1:30pm.

Guests should be ready for pickup at the Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park at 1:25pm.

Founder’s Park Pickup Location:

Please arrive 5 minutes prior to your tour to get started promptly and get the most out of your purchased tour time. The Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park is located at 499 Pine St, Highlands, NC 28741.

Dress for success.  We recommend comfortable Tennis/Hiking shoes. Bring a light rain jacket. Its a Rainforest out there.

Tipping is not just a city in China.  Tour guide standard is 15% to 25%

If you are preparing for your tour and have any questions, please see our FAQ page or contact us and we will be happy to help you.

Meet Aussie!


Aussie is our Highland Excursion mascot dog who loves to come along on tours. Aussie helps keep children (and adults alike!) entertained as we cruise around the area and when we take hikes as well. Aussie is a friendly and well behaved pooch who loves to be part of the tour and adds to the experience for many guests. If you would like Aussie to accompany your Private tour group, please let us know by telling us in the “notes” area on your order form or checking the Aussie box.  We will have to check Aussie’s schedule, he is very busy and can not make it on all tours.

Tour Catering

***Due to Covid–we are not offering catering at this time.

We can provide special catering for Private Tours upon request.  On our Private Tours we can arrange picnic lunches, such as sandwiches or a cheese plate to go with your wine. We want to make your tour as special as possible, and many people enjoy a catered lunch, which we are pleased to provide.

If you are interested in talking with us about catering options, please contact us.

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