Five Cool Things to Do
in Rosman, Sapphire and Toxaway
Travel southwest on Highway 64 from downtown Brevard and you’ll see a beautiful world unfolding before you. A temperate rainforest. The headwaters of the French Broad – one of the oldest rivers in the world. Spectacular, edge-the-world views from the Blue Ridge Escarpment, waterfalls and starry skies aplenty. These treasures and more are woven into the communities of Toxaway and Rosman, which offer visitors extraordinary opportunities for fun and unforgettable adventure.
GORGES STATE PARK
SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS RESERVE
Created at the end of the 19th century, the Historic Toxaway Community first launched as a resort community around an original lake and iconic Toxaway Inn built in 1903. A pullman car carried notable guests, including the Carnegies, Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, and even Henry Ford and Thomas Edison, to vacation in what was touted as “The Switzerland of America.” A tragic dam collapse in 1916 left the area without its trademark lake for decades. The dramatic plunge at Toxaway Falls, just below the bridge on Highway 64 below the current dam, still shows an expanse of bedrock bared by the historic collapse. Rebuilt and reimagined in the 1960s, Toxaway today is a thriving resort and residential community. Though the storied Toxaway Inn is long gone, visitors can get a feel of its gilded age past at the luxurious, lakeside Greystone Inn, where they can enjoy a delicious meal, an overnight stay, or a twilight ride on Miss Lucy, the Inn’s famed mahogany electric boat. Learn more about Historic Toxaway.