Scaly Mountain Summit via Hickory Knut Road

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Nantahala National Forest

Scaly Mountain Summit via Hickory Knut Road is a 3.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Highlands, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length3.5 miElevation gain547 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsBird watchingForestViewsWildflowersWildlife
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Laura Vaughan
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Holly Buchanan
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Awesome trail amazing view at the top . Some water along the way.

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Lincoln Robinson
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Beautiful and very scenic.

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Tal Kelsey
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Solid, easy hike. The trailhead is behind the gate across the gravel road from the small parking lot. Follow the overgrown service road up about a quarter mile and turn right at the sign. You'll steadily climb through rhododendron tunnels until you approach another fork. Stay right up the Scaly Mountain Trail until you reach the serene, granite slab summit.

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David Brown
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Brad Waltz
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Kate Bunting
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Saw a few people. Not too challenging. Wasn’t the full 3.5. Nice views at the top. Muddy in a few spots.

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Tara Avison
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Service road lasts about half a mile. After that, it's mainly shady tunnels of rhododendron and brief clearings up to the rocky summit. Great views.

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Kathy Clemmons
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Trenton Strackbein
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Decent trail. Nice views at the summit without significant effort. It was a bit muddy in places but overall worth the stop. After the first part of the trail you will hit a junction. Make sure you follow the sign that says Scaly. We went the other way because the sign for the correct direction said Bartram Trail, which takes you to a cell tower.

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Jennifer Garlick
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Using the Apple Maps, we couldn’t find the trailhead market at 1.2 miles into Turtle Pond Road.

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Darryl Hoffman
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When you use GPS coordinates to find trailhead, the trail is beyond the gate across the gravel road from the parking area.

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Edwin And Lisa West
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This was a nice hike. The trail wasn't too difficult and the overlooks were amazing. a little muddy in spots though.

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Kendall Aronson
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Spencer X
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Our favorite trail in the Highlands area so far. Easy to find, well maintained, beautiful wildflowers and rhododendrons, expansive views from the top. Quiet - only saw 2 other hikers. Not strenuous but still satisfying. Felt like a hidden gem. Perfect with kids and dog.

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Todd Bowser
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Rhododendron tunnels and stream crossings lead to 4,000 ft. / 270 degree view of Scaly Mountain farmlands. Summit of rocky knobs for extended viewing, relaxing, picnicking.

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T Kevin Mooney
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Fairly easy hike. Just a bit of an uphill heavy-breather for a 1/4 mile or so near the top. (Much easier hike than the one up to Rabun Bald from Kelsey Mountain Road, for instance). Good level parking area off the roadway with space for 5-6 cars. Starts out on a power-line road; don’t miss the right turn onto the trail about 1/4 mile up the power line road. The views up “top” are phenomenal. There are 3 or 4 vista spots up there on moss-covered rock clearings. The last one is actually kind of over the top and downhill some. If you’d rather not get too winded coming back up from it, you could skip the last one, which would make it all the more easier and about 3.5 miles round trip instead of about 4 miles round trip.

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Sarah Korellis
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Easy trail with great end view off scaley.

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Drew French
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Good times. We caught the first hike after a snow so we laid the fresh tracks. We didn’t see any other hikers so felt like our own private adventure. It flows through a couple of natural tree tunnels of rhododendron which was cool. We want to come back when they are in bloom. Summit view is worth the trip!

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Barbara Moraes
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Easy hike up but use appropriate shoes as the trail gets wet and muddy towards the summit. Great trail for dogs!

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Tyler Marzella
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Richard D
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As you're hiking up the service road from the parking area, be sure to note the fork in the trail to the right about a quarter-mile up. There is a small sign noting the turn, but it could be easily missed if you weren't paying attention. Trail can be very wet and muddy over the last half-mile of the ascent to the summit. Waterproof shoes are highly suggested.

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Nate Cline
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Nice trail up to Scaly Mountain. Definitely smoother than coming up from the Bartram Trail side. Some nice outlooks towards the top, but nothing spectacular. Easy for trail running as well.

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Kelli Mitchell
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Views from the top are pretty. The trail didn’t seem all that hard, or all that long! (Could I be getting fit?!!!) At the very end it says most difficult - it’s really not, don’t be scared! It’s peculiar! You’re walking a really long ways, on a flat-ish part of a rock. I’ve never been, but it reminds me of walking on the moon! I wasn’t sure when it ended, there were a couple of rocks to stop and take pictures from. The surface change to dirt and you start going downhill. I think that was the end! I turned back!

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Sarah Brown
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One of my favorite trials! Pretty easy hike and with great views! Went after work and it took about an 1hr and half in and out. that's with us hanging out for a bit at the top. We heard a fox at the very top & discovered what Fox poop looks like. educational and fun!

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Sarah Korellis
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Devils courthouse. Perf view at end

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Nancy Norton
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Very nice hike. Great views. Beautiful wildflowers today

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Robbie Broach
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Easy hike up and nice spot for lunch at the top. First 2/3 of trail are in dense canopy, opens up near top.

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