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Four Extraordinary Things About Toxaway – Sapphire

Four Extraordinary Things About Toxaway – Sapphire

Four Extraordinary Things About Toxaway – Sapphire Toxaway and Sapphire, in Transylvania county’s high-altitude southwest edge, are A+ destinations whether you want to catch a stunning view at the end of a hike or relax in a place long-celebrated for its beauty and history. Here are a few things to know about what makes this place so very special: 1 1 A GEOLOGICAL MARVEL Toxaway and Sapphire are located along the Blue Ridge escarpment. Called the “Blue Wall” by the Cherokee, the escarpment is the line at which the Blue Ridge Mountains plunge into the rolling foothills of upstate South Carolina. This dramatic drop, created by the movement of tectonic plates and eons of water erosion, is site to some of the most spectacular views around. 2 2 REMARKABLE BIODIVERSITY The unusual topography of the escarpment made Toxaway-Sapphire a rich and unique microbiome, with its own climate (temperate rainforest) and diverse flora and fauna. Many rare species of plant life still grow in, around and along the escarpment. While botanists and conservationists alike have stressed the importance of caring for and preserving what grows in this very special place, there is ample opportunity to observe the wildflowers, the towering trees and the many kinds of living things that make the area home. Toxaway’s Southern Highlands Reserve is always an excellent resource. 3 3 GRAND OLD HISTORY Toxaway and Sapphire have been a storied vacation destination for more than a century. The end of the 19th century brought the railroad... Read More
The Perfect Family Adventure: All Together Now

The Perfect Family Adventure: All Together Now

The Perfect Family Adventure: All Together Now There’s no shortage of fun activities for families in Transylvania County. Here’s a starter list that will get you properly oriented to all there is to see, do and experience here in the Land of Waterfalls: 5 5 Hike John Rock There are literally hundreds of miles of hiking trails in Pisgah, DuPont and Gorges. But if you only have time for one hiking sojourn, this one is hard to beat. This well-marked loop summits along the smooth granite face of John Rock and affords breathtaking views of Looking Glass Rock and the distant ridgeline of the Pisgah Range to the northwest. This five-mile hike, which starts at the Fish Hatchery in Pisgah National Forest, is considered moderate to strenuous, but the view is worth the effort. Directions and details on the John Rock hike and several others can be found here. X 4 4 Tube the Davidson Like Sliding Rock, many campers get to experience the Davidson River during their summer camp stay. But we guarantee you that they’ll jump at the chance to be your “guide” on this leisurely and scenic float. Tube rentals are available at the entrance to Pisgah National Forest. X 3 3 Take the plunge at Sliding Rock It’s the cheapest (and chilliest) thrill on the planet. For $1 a person, take a seat on this 60 foot long smooth granite rock and let 11,000 gallons a minute propel you down to a natural pool at... Read More