Mountain Waters Scenic Byway: Highlands to the Nantahala River Gorge

MODERATE 6 reviews
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Mountain Waters Scenic Byway: Highlands to the Nantahala River Gorge is a 6.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Franklin, North Carolina that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for walking, nature trips, and scenic driving and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.1 miles 390 feet Loop

dogs on leash

nature trips

scenic driving



19 days ago

We didn't do the entire trail because we were tired from an earlier walk. There are many different entrance points for this trail. We started at the beginning, but there were many stops along where more people joined - I'm assuming mostly locals.

scenic driving
4 months ago

Beautiful drive with many waterfalls along the way. Beautiful scenery.

8 months ago

1 year ago

I cannot possibly describe it.. it is just beautiful!! the whole area and small trails, I think you can hike here your entire life and find a new trail and something gorgeous waiting for you. They were all easy trails... I am out of shape for my standard and yet I did 20 miles in one breath.

scenic driving
3 years ago

This area is beautiful and so much to do from scenery to whitewater to hiking. I will be back.

scenic driving
6 years ago

Nice drive through the forest and by rivers and lakes.