Glen Falls and Chinquapin Mountain Trail is a 2.4 mile out and back trail located near Highlands, NC and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.
Directions from Highlands, NC: From the intersection of US 64 and SR 106, drive 1.6 miles southwest on SR 106 to the USFS sign, Glen Falls Scenic Area on the left. Turn onto SR 1618 and drive 1 mile to the end and the Glen Falls parking area. For the second trailhead of Chinquapin, stay on SR 106 for 3 miles from US 64 and drive to a pullover on the left side. Look for the large rock in the middle.
Timber steps and trail down to several viewing areas fenced off from the falls for safety. Several forks unmarked - all basically follow the creek.
Great hike, all down hill going in and all up hill headed back.
I did not go all the way to the end of the trail but the views on the part I did were great. Well traveled trail that I will complete one day soon.
Absolutely breathtaking! Multiple large , cascading , beautiful waterfalls. The trail is nice with the stairs but steep on the hike back up.
Nice walk Beautiful scenery
Wife and I hiked 1.2 miles out and back (2.4 total). Great fun, tough uphill, but worth it!
Absolutely beautiful but yellow jackets everywhere. A few people we came across on the trail got stung as well as some in our group.
Good view of the falls but not well marked trails. Quite a few forks without direction
There are multiple falls along this hike, it takes approximately 2 to 2 1/2 hours to see 4 to 5 falls that's if you're spending a little time at each one and it takes approximately one hour to hike back
The waterfalls along this hike are beautiful, the hike itself was good, there were sections with steps and the steps are hard on people with bad knees other than that it was a great hike. The waterfalls were solid rock if you take kids do not let them go it is dangerous in the falls
I loved Glen Falls, so beautiful!
Only did 1/2 the trail in the winter when there was still some snow. Hiked to the waterfall and back. Beautiful hike! Didn't feel like it was too difficult but had hiking poles for the snow. It would be a steady uphill hike on the return so middle of the summer might not be a good idea. IMO