Chattooga Gorge Trail is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Highlands, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.4 miles Elevation Gain: 452 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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1 day ago

DO NOT EXPECT TO SEE THE GORGE unless you want to walk 300 feet through the river. This is a pretty hike but is ultimately disappointing when you discover that the only way to reach the gorge is walking in fast moving water. Having said that, it is doable with good water shoes and may be easier at lower water levels. Overall, there are better hikes in the area

7 days ago

This was a fun and challenging hike due to terrain. Not for the faint of heart hike which took you over rocks, thru a cave type area and other areas that were wet, muddy or literally on the side of the mountain. Hike gets challenging after you pass the Loop Trail turn off. As noted, make sure to look for the turn down to go towards the gorge, as we missed on first attempt, since this hike is part of a much longer one. You ascend a good way on a path not kept up. We got to the bottom and couldn’t figure out where the path went so had to turn around and didn’t get to see the gorge. Disappointing but the hike overall was gorgeous and had great views of the river.

Sun Jan 27 2019

It has great Chattooga angling access spots. Definitely want to go back Solely for fishing. We went up to where it looked like the loop began and actually passed the turn off before doubling back. The trail seems to continue for who knows how far or what trail it probably joins up with. We found the turn off and went down the hill, at the bottom it came out on a rock by the river after the steep decent but we couldn’t pick up the trail anywhere so we had to turn back. There was a very wild Amazonian feel to the area it was fun, but over a it was a lot of work, there was some Ice to contend with this time of year, muddy spots and some water shed crossing. In all I give it a 3, there was no specific destination that we could tell, and after about a mile there wasn’t much river access without much of a climb. But it did have some pretty cool rock and rhododendron features, old trees, and of course.... “deliverance river”

Wed Sep 12 2018

Very overgrown. Lots of Faken trees and muddy. Good fun but takes much longer to navigate than you might expect.

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