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Sapphire is a small town located within the Nantahala National Forest in the western mountains of North Carolina. It's near many of the most scenic attractions in the state, with one of the most notable being Gorges State Park. Rugged river gorges, waterfalls and sheer rock walls make up this spectacular park, where the elevation rises 2,000 feet in only four miles. The elevation, combined with rainfall in excess of 80 inches per year, creates a temperate rain forest that supports the greatest concentration of rare and unique species in the eastern U.S. The Whitewater Falls Scenic Area, also near Sapphire, is a spot where the river drops more than 400 feet in a series of waterfalls and cascades. Picnicking is permitted at Whitewater and a point above the falls offers a great view of the mountains and South Carolina Piedmont. Sapphire Valley is also known for its' top rated ski resort, and other recreation in the area includes hiking, horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking, fishing and golf. The Nantahala River, within the Nantahala National Forest, is one of the country's best whitewater rafting rivers. The eight-mile trip down the river consists of Class I and Class II rapids, with an optional Class III at the end. Sapphire is near the town of Highlands, known for its' excellent restaurants, and the quaint mountain communities of Cashiers and Brevard offer art galleries and unique gift shops.

Surrounding areas: Lake Toxaway, North Carolina (4.3 mi), Cashiers, North Carolina (5.3 mi), Lake Glenville, North Carolina (10.5 mi), Highlands, North Carolina (11.6 mi), Cullowhee, North Carolina (17.3 mi), Brevard, North Carolina (17.5 mi), Pisgah Forest, North Carolina (19.9 mi)

Sapphire Vacation Rentals

Sapphire Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Hampton Inn & Suites-Cashiers/Sapphire Valley3245 Hwy 64 ESapphire, NC (828) 743-4545
Sapphire Valley70 Sapphire Valley RdSapphire, NC (828) 743-3441
Woodlands Inn Of Sapphire1305 US Hwy 64 WSapphire, NC (704) 966-4709
Cottage InnHwy 64 ECashiers, NC5.3 mi.(828) 743-3033
Valley Aire MotelHwy 107 NCashiers, NC5.3 mi.(828) 743-3998
Mountain High MotelMain St And Second StHighlands, NC11.8 mi.(828) 526-2790
University Inn563 N Country CLB DrCullowhee, NC17.3 mi.(828) 293-5442
Imperial Motor LodgeHwy 64 & 276 NBrevard, NC17.5 mi.(828) 884-2887
Brevard Motor Lodge750 N Caldwell StBrevard, NC17.9 mi.(828) 884-3456
Hampton Inn Brevard800 Frst Gate CtrPisgah Forest, NC19.9 mi.(828) 883-4800
Holiday Inn Express1570 Asheville HwyBrevard, NC20.0 mi.(Inv) ali-dInp
Hampton Inn244 Cunningham RdFranklin, NC20.6 mi.(828) 369-0600
Days Inn1320 E Main StFranklin, NC21.2 mi.(828) 524-6491
Snow Hill Inn531 Snow HL RdFranklin, NC22.0 mi.(828) 369-2100
Microtel Inn & Suites81 Allman DrFranklin, NC22.2 mi.(828) 349-9000
Comfort InnHwy 23/74Sylva, NC22.3 mi.(828) 586-3315
Balsam Mountain InnBalsam MTN Inn RdBalsam, NC22.6 mi.(704) 456-9498
Best Western River Escape Inn And Suites248 Wbi DrDillsboro, NC22.9 mi.(828) 586-6060
Mountain Creek Cottages162 Dicks CRK RdDillsboro, NC22.9 mi.(704) 586-6042
Holiday Inn Express64 White Oak LnDillard, GA23.1 mi.(706) 746-3383
Knights Inn3 Best Inn WayDillard, GA23.7 mi.(706) 746-5321
Best Western Smoky Mountain Inn130 Shiloh TrlWaynesville, NC26.4 mi.(828) 456-4402
Grandview Londge809 Valleyview Cir RdWaynesville, NC26.4 mi.(828) 456-5212
Econo Lodge1202 Russ AveWaynesville, NC27.3 mi.(828) 452-0353
Days InnHwy 441 Box 1176Clayton, GA27.5 mi.(706) 782-4258
Quality Inn & Suites834 Hwy 441 SClayton, GA27.5 mi.(800) 334-2214
Stonebrook InnHwy 441Clayton, GA27.5 mi.(706) 782-2214
Best Western Mountainbrook Inn3811 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC28.5 mi.(828) 926-3962
Comfort Inn848 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC28.5 mi.(828) 926-9106
Meadowlark Motel2878 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC28.5 mi.(828) 926-1717
Microtel Inn & Suites3777 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC28.5 mi.(888) 771-7171
Ramada LTD4048 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC28.5 mi.(828) 926-7800
Days Inn11015 N Radio Station RdSeneca, SC28.6 mi.(864) 885-0710
Quality Inn70 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC28.7 mi.(828) 926-0201
Super 879 Liner Cove RdWaynesville, NC28.7 mi.(828) 454-9667
Best Western Mountainbrook Inn1021 Soco Rd Hwy 19Maggie Valley, NC28.9 mi.(828) 926-3962
Maggie Valley Holiday Motel Inc851 Seco RdMaggie Valley, NC28.9 mi.(828) 926-1186
Jameson Inn226 Hi Tec RdSeneca, SC29.3 mi.(864) 888-8300
Hampton Inn8 Southern Center CtEasley, SC29.7 mi.(864) 226-1000
Hampton Inn851 Tiger BlvdClemson, SC29.9 mi.(864) 653-7744
Bed & Breakfast
Freeze House Bed And Breakfast71 Sylvan HeightsSylva, NC22.3 mi.(828) 586-8161

Sapphire Weather & Climate

The westernnmost mountain region of North Carolina is the smallest of the three main divisions of the state; the Coastal Plain, the Piedmont and the Mountains. However, its' range of elevation is the greatest; it stretches upward from around 1,500 feet along the eastern boundary to 6,684 feet at the summit of Mt. Mitchell. The climate is definitely effected by elevation. Overall, spring is unpredictable, summer is warm with moderate humidity, autumn is crisp and cool and winters are cold - but moderate. More extreme winter conditions can be expected at the mountain peaks. Showers and thunderstorms are common in spring and summer. Expect temperatures to be 10 to 20 degrees cooler on the mountaintops than in the lower elevations. Although snow in winter is likely, most ski resorts rely on snowmaking equipment because daytime highs can often hover in the 40-degree range.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 41°F 23°F 8.16 in. -
February 46°F 25°F 7.16 in. -
March 54°F 31°F 9.27 in. -
April 62°F 37°F 6.99 in. -
May 69°F 46°F 8.54 in. -
June 75°F 52°F 6.73 in. -
July 78°F 57°F 7.83 in. -
August 76°F 56°F 7.74 in. -
September 70°F 50°F 7.02 in. -
October 61°F 39°F 6.29 in. -
November 52°F 31°F 8.63 in. -
December 44°F 26°F 7.36 in. -

Sapphire Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Asheville Regional airport (AVL) located about 34 miles northeast of Sapphire in Asheville, North Carolina, the Donaldson Center airport (GYH) located approximately 42 miles southeast of Sapphire in Greenville, South Carolina, the Greenville Spartanburg International airport (GSP) located roughly 46 miles southeast of Sapphire in Greer, South Carolina, and finally the Mc Ghee Tyson airport (TYS) located around 74 miles northwest of Sapphire in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Sapphire Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Ghost Town in the SkyMaggie ValleyNC28.9 mi.
Cherokee Fun ParkCherokeeNC30.9 mi.
Santa's LandCherokeeNC30.9 mi.
DollywoodPigeon ForgeTN56.4 mi.
Rockin' RacewayPigeon ForgeTN56.4 mi.
NASCAR SpeedParkSeviervilleTN61.3 mi.
Water Parks
Lake Lanier Island Beach & Water ParkLake Lanier IslandGA86.8 mi.
White Water ParkMariettaGA118.8 mi.
Paramount's Carowinds-Water WorksPinevilleNC119.3 mi.
Golf Courses
Trillium Links & Lake ClubCashiersNC5.5 mi.
Highlands CoveHighlandsNC11.9 mi.
Connestee Falls Golf CourseBrevardNC18.1 mi.
Glen Cannon Country ClubBrevardNC18.1 mi.
Sherwood Forest Golf ClubBrevardNC18.1 mi.
Franklin Golf CourseFranklinNC22.0 mi.
Mill Creek Country ClubFranklinNC22.0 mi.
Pickens Country ClubPickensSC23.2 mi.
Blue Ridge Golf CenterWalhallaSC24.2 mi.
Falcons Lair Golf CourseWalhallaSC24.2 mi.
Lake Junaluska Golf CourseWaynesvilleNC25.8 mi.
Laurel Ridge Country ClubWaynesvilleNC25.8 mi.
Rabun Country Golf ClubClaytonGA27.8 mi.
Oconee Country ClubSenecaSC29.0 mi.
Ski Areas
Scaly MountainScaly MountainNC18.9 mi.
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC28.9 mi.
Ski Wolf LaurelMars HillNC55.9 mi.
Ski BeechBanner ElkNC96.8 mi.
Sugar Mountain Ski AreaBanner ElkNC96.8 mi.
Hawksnest Golf & Ski ResortSeven DevilsNC97.8 mi.
State Parks
Keowee Toxaway State ParkSC14.7 mi. 
Oconee State ParkSC17.9 mi. 
Table Rock State ParkSC17.9 mi. 
Caesars Head State ParkSC22.2 mi. 
Black Rock Mountain State ParkGA27.1 mi. 
Pleasant Ridge State ParkSC29.6 mi. 
Paris Mountain State ParkSC36.6 mi. 
Moccasin Creek State ParkGA37.5 mi. 
South Carolina Gold MuseumPickensSC22.8 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Bob Jones University Museum & GalleryGreenvilleSC38.7 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Greenville ZooGreenvilleSC38.7 mi.
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC42.5 mi.
Knoxville Zoological GardensKnoxvilleTN78.4 mi.

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