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Conquering the VORDACH Zip Line and Canopy Tour- Sapphire, NC

Sapphire Valley is an amazing place to spend time with family and friends. Nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Sapphire Valley boasts a plethora of activities and adventures for all ages. One such adventure is the VORDACH Zip Line and Canopy Tour. The VORDACH is a 14-element zip and canopy tour suspended atop the towering pines and hemlocks of the Ski Sapphire Valley resort. The designers' intent was to build the canopy tour with a balance of entertainment and education in mind. I would say on a "scary" scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the scariest), this one rates at about a 5. If you want something much more vicious, then head over to Highlands Ariel Park which is in Scaly Moun

A Trip to Dry Falls in Highlands, NC

A trip to the mountains in western NC would be incomplete without a trip to Dry Falls. Located just five minutes outside of Highlands, NC, Dry Falls is a marvelous work of nature that is also interactive- meaning you can literally walk behind the powerful waterfall as it rushes down just a few feet in front of you. Here are our recommendations for a day trip to Highlands to see Dry Falls. Sleep in and start off with a good home-cooked breakfast in the morning at the cottage- Once Upon a Stream. Leave about 10:00 a.m. and start your drive up the mountain to the quaint town of Highlands, NC which will take you between 25 and 30 minutes (depending on how adventurous you are on the mountain roa

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