Sapphire Valley, North Carolina

Originating as primarily a mining town, Sapphire, North Carolina is a "jewel" of a find along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. Perhaps best known for its most popular destination, Wyndham Resort at Fairfield's Sapphire Valley, Sapphire offers an abundance of amenities and activities. The resort has partnered with a number of area communities to share their facilities with local residents.

Another destination that serves as a draw to Sapphire and sets it apart from some of the other local communities is the Sapphire Valley Ski Resort. Opportunities to ski or snowboard the slopes rest on the resorts two downhill runs – one with a 200 foot vertical drop at 1,600 feet in length, and one considerably milder "bunny hill". The resort also features a fun two-lane tube park called Frozen Falls. Sapphire is also home to the Sapphire Mountain Brewing Company, a lively pub located overlooking the Sapphire National Golf Course.

Sapphire also stands out for its natural beauty. Portions of the U.S. National Forestry's Panthertown Valley lie within Sapphire, filled with miles of hiking trails, cascading waterfalls and unspoiled forest. Neighborhoods in Sapphire vary from affordable single-family homes to luxury mountain estates.

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