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Western NC Regional and County Airports

Mountain Airports Convenient to the Highlands Cashiers Area

If you are coming to purchase a NC mountain home, take a vacation, or to return home, we hope this airport information will prove helpful. There are four major airports to access the Western North Carolina mountains. Of course some are closer than others. But all are within easy driving distance. The airport you select may depend somewhat on the direction you may be flying as well as cost.
Look below for directions to Sapphire from Atlanta.. MapQuest, Google, and your car GPS give the wrong way to Sapphire from Atlanta.

Regional and National Airports:

Asheville, NC    AVL

Atlanta, GA  ATL

Charlotte, NC  CLT

Local County Airports

Jackson County – Sylva

Macon County – Franklin

Transylvania County – Pisgah Forest (east of Brevard)

Check out SC regional airports that may work with iffy weather 


708 Airport Road

Fletcher, NC


Closest to the mountain. 1 to 1 1/2 hours depending on your location.

Air Tran, a discount airline flies out on T/T/Sat. to Orlando.

Tampa will be added May 5th.

American will be flying to Dallas nonstop beginning April 6th.

Greenville/Spartanburg, SC GSP

2000 GSP Dr # 1

Greer, SC?


Easy access to the airport. Located off I85 between Greenville, SC and Spartanburg in Greer. About 1 hour 45 min.-2 hours. Depending on your mtn. location and very easy driving.

There is also a Greenville, NC so make sure if you are speaking to an agent, you designate SC.

Airfares from GSP starting at $58 Round Trip.

Allegiant Air, a discount airline will take you to Florida 2x a week. Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tampa Bay, and Sarasota/Ft. Meyers. Some great rates here. Check out It will email you with deals from GSP. Federal Express also has a processing facility.


Charlotte, NC CLT

5501 Josh Birmingham Parkway

Charlotte, NC ?


7 miles west of Charlotte off I85 Very easy access

2:45-3 hours depending on your location

Great flights to connecting hubs. And to the Northeast. Free wi-fi in the airport.


Atlanta, GA ATL

6000 North Terminal Parkway Suite 4000

Atlanta , GA 30320

Phone: 800-897-1910

Information about the Atlanta Airport. You can track your flights.

Drive time can be from 2 to 3 hours depending on where you are on the mountain. You should leave a bit more time as always for traffic depending on the time of day. The home of Delta Airlines. Air Tran is your largest discount airline. There are some good deals. But it depends on where you are heading. Check the links below to find airfares. They do vary, so do compare.

We all know weather can sometimes be iffy in the mountains. When you are flying that does not work. Check out these alternative smaller closeby SC airports that will have access to rental cars. The mileage below is related to the Oconee County Regional Airport in SC in Clemson, SC

AIRPORT Aditional Information on nearby airports

KCEU - Oconee County Regional Airport SC (12 nm SW) 5001ft. x 100 ft. 864-638-4242  Car Rental Available
KGYH - Donaldson Center Airport SC (16 nm E)  8000 ft. x 150 f. 6 miles south of Greenville SC Car Rental Available
KGMU - Greenville Downtown Airport SC (18 nm E) 5393 ft x 100 ft. Downtown Greenville, SC Rent a car
KAND - Anderson Regional Airport SC (19 nm S) 6002ft. x 149 ft. Car Rental
KGSP - Greenville Spartanburg International Airport SC (24 nm E) 11000 x 150 ft. Car Rental

****Very important information about driving directions from Atlanta to Sapphire below.

Deals & Steals. flights compares bargain prices. discount airline main hub is Atlanta. Flies out of Asheville. Discount airline that flies out of Charlotte Discount airline that flies out of Greenville, SC

Real time flight tracking sites Good pilot resources for flying into smaller airports. tracks flights in 3D and google earth. also private aircraft tracking flights in Google earth tracks flights in Google earth 

Other sites to check to compare airfares.

Local County Airports

Macon County Franklin

1241 Airport Road, Franklin, NC

Or 1 miles west of Cullowhee, home of Western Carolina University 

Elevation 2020'

3 miles SE of town

North Carolina - (828) 227-3435

elevation 2856 feet (870 meters)

Messer Taxi Services

Spring Street, Sylva - (828) 586-2217
East of Brevard on Hwy 64
Old Hendersonville Highway, Pisgah Forest - (828) 877-5801

I do hope this information has been helpful.    

****Sapphire Directions from Atlanta

Map Quest, Google, and your car GPS maps do not always give you the most direct route to various places on the mountain. If you are asking directions going from Atlanta to Sapphire, it takes you through Greenville and back through Rosman which is not the way to come

Quickest way to Sapphire from Atlanta: Take I85 to Exit 1 in South Carolina. (You cross over Lake Hartwell Bridge and take an immediate exit.). Take Highway 11 approximately 34 miles to Hwy 130. This takes you up the mountain. Take this road for approximately 20 miles to Hwy 64. Turn left on Hwy 64 for about 5 miles. (At the SC/NC border, the road changes names from Hwy 130 o Hwy 281). This is a much more direct route than the computer sources give you. You will be very glad you came this way.
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