Glen Falls Trail

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Glen Falls 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.

2.4 miles
784 feet
Out & Back

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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.

2 hours ago

It had been raining a few days so naturally the trail was wet and muddy. Very green, lots of trees and vegitaion, it was a beautiful hike. The falls are pretty sweet.

21 days ago

This trail was very cool- you start off on the top of a waterfall and zig zag your way down. You run into the waterfall about 3-4 times at different spots on the way down and get to play in a pool at the bottom of the falls. This was a perfect hike to bring a water dog on!

1 month ago

Great trail, falls are beautiful with 3 or 4 different viewpoints. Keep going down, it’s worth the work to climb back up.

2 months ago

We found it by accident but definitely loved it.

4 months ago

Perfect distance for what we were looking for. Took the dog and have great views at the top - there is not Summit sign to say you made it but once the trail starts heading down you’ll know when to stop.

5 months ago

In my opinion, the best way to come to the falls is from the bottom of the mountain. It's way cooler than just walking down the stairs.

6 months ago

It's worth the hike. Beautiful falls. Hard hike back up, man made steps all the way.

6 months ago

Glen Falls is a beautiful hike, especially during autumn. I consider it a moderate hike, not difficult. There are a couple of waterfalls and a nice wide area atop one of the Falls where you can venture onto rocks and gentle waters for wonderful views of the Blue Valley. For a pleasant outing, hike the trail to the very bottom along an old riverbed to a small stream then back out.

6 months ago

Then Glen Falls hike is a nice path that you see a couple nice waterfall views. Please read below if you're interested in the Chinquapin Trail:
Chinquapin Mountain Trail

Highlands, NC

The 3.2 mile Chinquapin Mountain Trail starts at the Glen Falls parking area. Take the trail on the right and cross the East Fork on a large log bridge. The trail continues along a tributary, crossing it several times on rocks and logs. This can be wet and slippery.

The second trailhead for Chinquapin Mountain starts on SR 106 and makes a 1/4 mile descent to its junction with the trail from Glen Falls.

After the junction of the two trails, the Chinquapin Trail ascends to the top on a set of 10 switchbacks. On the ridge line at the top there are three overlooks with views of Blue Valley. The first two are near the trail, while the third is reached on a steep 1/4 mile trail. Continue on the trail as it begins its descent. Before a "T" intersection there are two additional overlooks which have short trails. At the intersection, turn right on a fairly level trail section to the sixth switchback to Chinquapin. This intersection completes the loop. Backtrack the remainder of the way.

7 months ago

Awesome short hike!

7 months ago

I found it difficult to navigate around fallen trees. There are at least 5-6 of these types of obstacles to circumnavigate. There was a tree down with a root base of at least 10-12 feet high and even wider to climb around. We are average hikers. Perhaps a more seasoned hiker would enjoy. We got around the obstacles but it sure slowed us up. Nice trail up Chinquapin mtn but be prepared. View at top was very breathtaking. It really needs maintenance!

7 months ago

there are lots of trees down right now from irma but you can definitely navigate the trail. there are three viewing points and the second is the best, I wouldn't call it a hard hike perhaps more moderate definitely a beautiful fall.

8 months ago

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

8 months 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.

9 months ago

Hard but well worth it!

9 months 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.

9 months 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.

11 months ago

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

11 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.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Awesome waterfall hike! My daughter and I was down and back in 45 minutes but it is so peaceful and beautiful that we could have spent hours there. This is one of our favorite hikes!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Beautiful views on many different levels. Great photo opportunities. Pack a snack and plenty of water.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Soooo much fun

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Beautiful waterfalls! Good footing.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Easy going down, a bit of a climb going back up but nice views - and it's a short trip to the first large drop.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Great hike! This moderate trail was easily hike-able
with two little kids and two dogs. The trail was beautiful and ended with an amazing view of Glen Falls. We went In mid March and the weather was great.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Beautiful hike with five different views of the waterfall as you descend.

Monday, March 06, 2017

It is a beautiful place

Friday, February 10, 2017

Good walk - did it in February. Lovely day.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Well maintained trail through dense forest. Lots of timber steps, but other portions of the trail are covered in tree roots. Beautiful waterfall views.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Great hike, beautiful waterfalls along the way.

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