The Southern Highlands Reserve is dedicated to sustaining the natural ecosystems of the Blue Ridge Mountains 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.

The rare ecotones of the Southern Appalachian mountains are displayed throughout the gardens at the Southern Highlands Reserve.  The high-elevation forest provides unique opportunities for education and research.

Southern Highlands Reserve
Lake Toxaway, NC 28747-8812

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