Glen Falls and Chinquapin Mountain Trail

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Glen Falls and Chinquapin Mountain Trail is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Highlands, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. 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
2.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
856 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

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.

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21 days ago

Great trail wasn't too difficult. I'd rate it moderate. Had some great views of the waterfall. Highly recommend.

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28 days ago

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28 days ago

Great trail. Plenty of switchbacks to help those not in great shape, or those getting back in shape! There are three distinct falls along the 1 mile trek to the bottom. The middle of the trail is the hardest portion, but I would rate this trail as moderate rather than hard.

Plenty of shade, nice and cool under the trees, and you can hear the falls for most of the hike. I hiked it at 10:00AM and there were only a few others along the trail, but when I got back a couple of hours later, there were at least 20 people scattered on various parts of the hike.

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1 month ago

Hard but well worth it!

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1 month ago

Beautiful hike. Be sure to make it all the way to the end, where there is a campsite across the stream area. The way up from that last part will really get your heart rate going. The rest of the hike is truly easy to moderate level.

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1 month ago

Did the trail with several kids who enjoyed playing in the water at the bottom. There were quite a few groups on the trail. Would rate this trail as moderate and plenty of good spots for photos. A great pick for a family day hike.

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3 months ago

Great trail with wonderful photo opportunities. Hiked it in June, and it got very crowded around noon.

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3 months ago

Excellent hike, good climb, amazing views and very peaceful. We hiked from our camping spot in the Blue Valley Dispersed Campground. It is very lush in the forest. 4 different views of falls. We only saw 1 other on the trail.