Sapphire Valley

The perfect place for an active mountain lifestyle

If you are looking for breathtaking mountain views and a peaceful natural setting, a variety of restaurants and shopping experiences, and year-round outdoor activities for the entire family, then you must check out Sapphire Valley, located just 15 minutes outside of Cashiers.

Where to live in Sapphire Valley

There are a number of gated communities and quiet subdivisions scattered throughout Sapphire Valley. Whether you envision a cozy bungalow tucked away in the woods, a summer retreat steps away from Lake Sapphire, or a large back deck with sweeping views, our expert McKee properties staff can help you find in this area. Search the MLS for properties in Sapphire Valley

Things to do in Sapphire Valley

Where do we begin? Sapphire Valley is brimming with social and outdoor activities during all four seasons. The flagship resort in the area, Wyndham Resort at Fairfield Sapphire Valley, gives community members access to many of its amenities, including golf, swimming, tennis, and boating.


Sapphire offers numerous golfing opportunities at your doorstep, including the Sapphire National Golf Club, an 18-hole public course. Private courses include Burlingame at Sapphire Lakes and the Country Club of Sapphire Valley.

Hiking & Fishing

Enjoying time in nature is easy in the Sapphire Valley. Hiking trails are abundant, with options for any fitness level just a short drive away. Some of the most popular day hikes include Silver Run Falls, Rainbow Falls, the Bartram Trail, and Panthertown Valley. Anglers and fly fishing aficionados will love being a stone’s throw from the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail.

Enjoy a summer hike in Panthertown Valley's trail system.

Enjoy a summer hike in Panthertown Valley’s trail system.

Sapphire Valley Ski Resort

Sapphire Valley residents and visitors can hit the slopes at the Sapphire Valley Ski Resort. Options include a 1,600 foot vertical run, bunny slopes, snowboarding, tubing, and even a winter zip line.

Arts, Crafts & Family Fun

Sapphire Valley plays host to a number of arts & crafts shows throughout the summer and fall months, where you can experience local music, fair food, handmade crafts and folk art, and friendship. Don’t miss Yankee Doodle Dandy Day every July 4!

Nearby family-friendly activities include the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, the Vortech Zipline, and much more.

fairfieldinn2weblgSapphire Valley History

Sapphire Valley as we know it today can be traced back to the efforts of the Toxaway Company, who purchased thousands of acres of land through Jackson and Transylvania Counties to make way for a railroad linking Hendersonville to Toxaway. Recognizing the stunning beauty of the area, the Toxaway Company began to develop the Sapphire Valley into a resort destination, marketing the area “The Switzerland of the South” and building 5 inns throughout the valley.

The Fairfield Inn on Lake Fairfield, completed in 1896. Learn more history from the Sapphire Valley Historical Society

Sapphire Valley Map & Location