Satulah Mountain is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Highlands, North Carolina that offers scenic views 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.

Length2.9 miElevation gain715 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Jenny Hart
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Great hike in the snow

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Stephanie Meyer
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The first mile is straight up an asphalt road but there were some cool houses to see. We took the blue trail (up the hill to the left from the cul-de-sac) out and came back on the yellow. The trees on the blue trail made for a pretty walk.

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Will Thomas
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Cool ending but most the hike was on an asphalt road.

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Kimberly King
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Just like everyone says..it’s hard to find! I would suggest parking by the Ugly Dog Pub and starting there. Once on top of the mountain the treck to the view is full of the coolest trees. This hike is a workout on the way up. Can do this in less than two hours.

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Adam Perrow
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Reagan Smith
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HikingGreat!

Trail was awesome! We parked at Old Edwards, and walked up. Definitely a great workout for the hamstrings and butt! ha ha ha!We started on the yellow trail, then went out on the red trail going up and then came back via the green trail and I’m glad that we did! Got to see all views!

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Laura Daniel
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Amazing! Beautiful views in all directions! Hiking boots or trail runners are only needed the last quarter of a mile.

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Bruce Stout
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Nice walk up through gorgeous homes - a bit steep in places.

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Olivia Hutcherson
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Nice paved hike up through the homes. At the top is the trailhead, easy rocky path up to a flat lookout.

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Nate Cline
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Parked by The Ugly Dog, then walk/jogged up the road through “Historic Satulah” which is a private road/neighborhood, and pretty steep! Once to the end of the road, there are several trails to choose from, the main trail going straight. Take the yellow trail (main) but when you’re almost to the opening, be sure to go right on the Red trail to see the old stone house/chimney and avoid the mud. This will take you out to the main open area on Satulah Mtn. But there’s much more, and better sights if you keep going out, not the area that’s blocked off (careful... there’s a trail cam). Keep going straight out and you will find some additional short trails to more outcroppings with better views.

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Kirsten Ancona
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A bit wet after rain but the Highlands and Cashiers Land Trust folks we’re out bright and early tending the trail! If you enjoy hiking this area, please consider a contribution to them!

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Kirsten Ancona
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Steep hike on paved road past fairly glamorous homes which enjoy amazing views. Another stretch along a very lush rocky trail to reach the views at the top. Strenuous hiking but so worth it!

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Andrew Bouton
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The view at the end is worth the first mile hike up the paved road.

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JAMES GRIMES
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Trenton Strackbein
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I personally thought the views were spectacular. Yes, much of the walk is through a private (very nice) neighborhood. It's pretty steep on the paved portion. There is an offshoot to what I understand is a civil war lookout, which was pretty neat.

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Seanne Finley-Bresnahan
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Muddy last quarter mile

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JAMES GRIMES
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George Taylor
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Pavement past nice homes ending in paved cul de sac. I took the side loop trails on the way up, which seemed easier. Yellow blaze is main trail. Green blaze side loop is to the left. Red blaze side loop goes to old house foundation. Blue blaze side loop is at the end. All trails kept telling me I was off the trail until I connected back to the main yellow trail.

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John Manrique
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Mostly paved, but you get your share of mud and rocks for the last third. Good morning hike.

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Marcus Miller
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55 in fair shape. Bottom line, a very rewarding workout that is super convenient to downtown Highlands. Don’t miss the by far best vista that’s just across top and down a little on southwest side. More trail (0.4mi?) than I expected beyond cul de sac. And confirming it can be a loop but almost missed the loop part. It winds on the east side of the main trail. (Apologies if my directions are off some!)

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Erik Larsen
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Kim & Gail Osborne
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Great trail, great views!! it was a little cold when we went but the view at the top is great and there is big rocks on top where you can make a small fire.

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Mark Burson
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This trail is actually a loop starting from a cul de sac at the top of Satulah Mt. hiking it from the town of Highlands can begin from the corner of Main St and 4th. (a side street at the corner of the Old Edwards Inn) south to Salutha Rd. (Begining the moderate to steep climb up a paved road to the top.) The loop begins and ends in the cul de sac. The loop is short breaking open to a great vista cresting a granite out cropping atop Satulah. Thick canopies keep this hike cool. There is an abandoned mountain top home (now reduced to its rock chimney and partial foundation) to the right near the rock outcropping. Salutha is a nice half day hike convenient to a tourist friendly town. DO NOT TRY TO DRIVE TO THE TOP. The road is closed to traffic NOT accessing the Mountain homes.

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Sarah McCoy
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It’s a long walk up concrete jungle just to go off the beaten path. Otherwise, great views from the top.

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Tim Olzer
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Too much road on this trail. View at the top is worth it and some amazing homes you pass but mostly walking on pavement.

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Kurt Stevens
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I agree with most folks posting here. Brief but good workout heading up if you park at the bottom as instructed. Very convenient to town, decent views at end, some interesting properties on the way up. Once you reach the end of the road, head straight across the area at end of road to the trail you'll find there to reach the end... the confederate lookout is on a little spur to the right near the end. Come back taking the trail to your right (would have been to your left heading up at the end of the road) to go thru a cool tunnel of vegetation.

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Kelli Mitchell
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Just Beautiful. I parked past the dead end sign, where the road turns to gravel, I think at the end of fourth Street. The paved road, through the neighborhood, makes it easy. The steep incline, makes it less easy! A lot of it’s shaded. The houses are beautiful. It’s well worth the walk! When I got to the top, I went straight through the cul-de-sac. I did not go left. I think I saw the confederate out look just before the summit. The views were absolutely stunning. After the first set of outlooks, I continued on a little ways and there were more outlooks. I will return!

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Kim Craig
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a good portion of this hike is on a paved, one lane, residential road. It's steep. Once you are walking on the wooded trail, it's pleasant and well maintained. The view at the top is really beautiful.

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Melissa Callaway
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Not easy, but the view at the end is spectacular!

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