The Southern Highlands Reserve is a native plant arboretum research center dedicated to sustaining the natural ecosystems of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We accomplish this mission through the preservation, cultivation and display of plants native to the region, and by advocating for their value through education, restoration and research. Located in Western North Carolina at an elevation of 4500 feet, the varied topography and forest types found on our 120 acres allow us to emulate many of the plant communities found in the higher reaches of the Southern Appalachians.
Plan Your Visit!
Southern Highlands Reserve offers tours for individuals, small and large groups by reservation.
Southern Highlands Reserve 5-Day Forecast
Real-time forecasts from the Southern Highlands Reserve weather station