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5 of the Best Highlands, NC, Hiking Trails

View of a person enjoying the view of mountains from the Highlands NC hiking trails

Nestled in the heart of the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains, Highlands offers one of the best North Carolina getaways for nature lovers! Hit the Highlands, NC, hiking trails and discover cascading waterfalls, mountain views, forests, and wildflower meadows near Highlands Vacation Rentals. Whether you are looking for family-friendly strolls or challenging mountain hikes, there is a path for everyone to discover! 

1. Whiteside Mountain Trail

The Whiteside Mountain Trail is a two-mile loop with the highest sheer cliffs in the Eastern US! The hike climbs above the 750-foot climbs, offering panoramic views of the surrounding wilderness. 

2. Glen Falls Trail

Explore the 2.4 miles out and back Glen Falls Trail. This waterfall cascades in three sections, with multiple observation decks to stop and take in the views. If you are looking for a short waterfall hike the whole family can enjoy, we recommend the .4-mile Dry Falls Trail instead!

3. Nantahala Yellow Mountain Trail

The Nantahala Yellow Mountain Trail is the longest and most challenging hike on the list. The trail is over 10 miles out and back, ascending elevations through switchbacks and mountain peaks to the summit. Ultimately, you will be rewarded with panoramic views of the mountains from the fire tower found here!

4. Sunset Rock Trail

If you are looking for mountain views near downtown, we recommend the .5-mile hike at Sunset Rock Trail. This is a popular Highlands, NC, hiking trail for travelers who want the views without the strain of a long hike.

5. Bartram Trail

The Bartram Trail is a 115-mile trail that follows the footsteps of famous botanist William Bartram, running from South Carolina through Georgia and into North Carolina. Hike our two-mile section of the Bartram Trail from Osage Mountain and be rewarded with views of valleys and mountains.

Highlands, NC, Cabin Rentals in Nature

After exploring the Highlands, NC, hiking trails, return to your property with Highlands Vacation Rentals. We offer a diverse portfolio of Highlands vacation rentals, whether you want to walk to town or stay in a home with mountain views! Learn more about creating the ultimate vacation experience with our guest services and specials. Book your North Carolina getaway today!

By |2023-07-31T15:01:08-04:00July 31, 2023|Blog, Things to Do Highlands NC|Comments Off on 5 of the Best Highlands, NC, Hiking Trails

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