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.

 

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Southern Highlands Reserve offers tours for individuals, small and large groups by reservation.

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Nature is putting her best foot foward at Southern Highlands Reserve: A lovely Lady's Slipper in Canary Yellow. Size: Large. ... See MoreSee Less

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Southern Highlands Reserve 5-Day Forecast

Real-time forecasts from the Southern Highlands Reserve weather station

Clear
Friday

Clear

High 74°
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Low 56°

Chance of a Thunderstorm
Saturday

Chance of a Thunderstorm

High 69°
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Low 57°

Thunderstorm
Sunday

Thunderstorm

High 68°
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Low 56°

Partly Cloudy
Monday

Partly Cloudy

High 73°
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Low 50°

Rain
Tuesday

Rain

High 63°
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Low 50°

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Your donation will make you a part of a group working toward a vision of education, restoration, and research in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. The Southern Highlands Reserve is a nonprofit organization under the IRS code section 501(c)(3).