Glen Falls Trail is a 2.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Highlands, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length2.4 miElevation gain784 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingForestWaterfallWildflowersMuddy
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North Carolina Div. Of Travel and Tourism, 301 N. Wilmington Street , Raleigh, NC, 27601, Phone: 919-733-4171

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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Joseph Huang
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Beautiful trail that's fairly well-used. As we passed the actual falls, though, the crowd thinned out. By the time we arrived at the overflow, we were by ourselves.

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Kelsey Mase
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Huge waterfall with two great viewing areas! Trail narrowed and became more technical near the bottom. Lots of roots and erosion, so has to take it slowly. What goes down must come up!!

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Rebecca Youngblood
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Despite the trailhead being on a dirt road, the trail was very curated to the lookouts and falls. When it gets fun is after the falls. Toward the end, I can imagine a good rain causing the trail to become a luge of debris and water. The stream at the end was so sweet but I couldn’t cross it without getting my feet totally wet. Lovely end to the trail. But what goes down must come back up and I was huffing and puffing coming back.

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Jeb Barton
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Beautiful hike with 3 different overlooks for viewing. Barely anyone on the trail. Excellent spot at the base to rest and take in the falls. Some exertion coming back up from the bottom but not bad.

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Amanda Robbins
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Robin Carney
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The waterfalls are beautiful. Really enjoyed this hike!

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Stephanie Meyer
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Beautiful falls! Definitely take the side trail for a great view at around the .2 mile mark. We didn't cross the creek at the end so maybe we missed the great view at the very end but if you're not crossing the creek, there's not much to see past the mile mark.

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Anthony C
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Amanda Boswell
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GO LEFT. There are two paths. Right path is great sending you beside the stream and traversing over rocks through that stream. Not sure how long that would take you but we finally turned around. Left path is the falls. Then there are 3 levels to that. Someone craved an arrow after the first platform but going left will take you to the second platform and bottom. Challenging but doable back up. Loved both paths.

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Margaret Siegrist
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Falls don’t get any better than that great hike great day

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Helen Turner
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Three view point of falls. Steep in some areas.

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Cheryl Hardeman
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Fantastic workout!

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Alex Padgett
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A bit of a steep trail with steps. If you are up for a hike though it’s worth it. Beautiful waterfalls along the way. Some families may not want to go all the way to the end because it is narrow and steep and ends in a stream.

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Michael Boucher
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Awesome trail with great scenic off shoot trails. Narrow and steep in some spots. Watch footing with lots of roots and rocks. Save your energy for the trek back to the top. Great hike with amazing views of the falls.

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Faith Stoutamire Daniels
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beautiful waterfall, challenging hike.

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Jordan Trost
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Slightly money trail, perfectly accomplishable with hiking boots. Beautiful waterfall views

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Evan Michael
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Sarah Jessica
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Easy hike beautiful falls. Come early!

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Krishnan Vishwanathan
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Kelly Brun
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nice falls. fun hike.

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George Agamaite
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George Agamaite
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KeyLyn Song
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Theresa Zook
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Beautiful falls!

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Lauren Hunstad
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This was my favorite trail of our trip to the Highlands. The trail starts going down hill so the hike back up is hard but the great waterfall views are worth it. There are multiple points where you can check out the falls and the sound of the water is great.

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