Hiking Trails

There are endless hiking trails in and around Highlands from short strolls perfect for a family outing to strenuous trails into the mountains. It's wildflowers and waterfalls all the way!

Sunset Rocks

Sunset Rocks

1.2 miles (round trip). Trail head: Horse Cove Rd., across from the Highlands Nature Center. Features: A rock outcropping overlooking Highlands and Horse Cove; trees marked and identified as part of the Town of Highlands "Highlands Trees" project.
Location: Highlands, NC
Satulah Mountain Summit

Satulah Mountain Summit

The trail is a short hike down an old road bed to the summit, which is 4543 ft. Excellent panoramic views. Distance Aprox. 1/2 mile one way.
Location: Highlands, NC
Whiteside Mountain

Whiteside Mountain

2 miles (round trip). Trail Head: Whiteside Mt. parking area. Features: This moderate loop trail offers spectacular views from a high ridge top, 2,100` above the valley floor. Whiteside Mt. (4900`) has the highest sheer cliffs in the Eastern US (400 - 750`).
Location: Highlands, NC
Devil`s Courthouse

Devil`s Courthouse

Accessed from the Whiteside Mountain Trail.
Location: Highlands, NC
Horse Cove Poplar Tree

Horse Cove Poplar Tree

100 yards from the Trail Head off Rich Gap Rd. Features: Large yellow tulip popular, the second largest tree in the state and third largest in the East.
Location: Highlands, NC
Chinquapin Mountain

Chinquapin Mountain

3.2 miles (round trip). Trail head: Glen Falls parking area. Features: Numerous stream crossings and several views from Chinquapin Mt. (4,160`) into Blue Valley at vistas along the trail. Access also available off of NC106 approximately 3 miles from Highlands.
Location: Highlands, NC
Cliffside Lake Recreation Area

Cliffside Lake Recreation Area

There are numerous hiking trails in this area, including an interpretive loop trail describing shrubs and trees along the Cliffside Vista Trail. The half-mile loop around the lake offers hikers an easy walk that is quite level.
Location: Highlands, NC
Chattooga Loop Trail

Chattooga Loop Trail

2 miles (round trip). Trail head: Horse Cove Rd. Features: A pleasant walk through the woods and then along the river, ending with a spectacular view of rock formations from the Bull Pen Rd. Bridge, known as "The Iron Bridge."
Location: Highlands, NC
Highlands Nature Center

Highlands Nature Center

Trails with interpretive arboretum features located across the street from Sunset Rocks in Highlands.
Location: 930 Horse Cove Rd, Highlands, NC 28741
Phone: (828) 526-2623
Rabun Bald Area

Rabun Bald Area

Peak 4,696 - This trail provides a spectacular view of the tri-state area from an observation deck atop Rabun Bald, Georgia`s second highest point. The deck is constructed from remnants of an old fire tower built in the 1930s. One of Georgia`s rarest birds, the raven, is frequently sighted. The ascent is extremely steep. 2 miles one way. Directions: From Highlands to Scaly Mtn., then just past the post office take a left turn on Hale Ridge Rd. then a right on Bald Mtn. Rd. & look for a US Forestry sign that indicates a left on Kelsey Mtn. Rd. to the Trailhead.
Location: Highlands, NC
Highland Hiker

Highland Hiker

Location: 601 Main St, Highlands, NC 28741
Phone: (828) 526-5298