Best kid friendly trails in Highlands, North Carolina

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Explore the most popular kid friendly trails near Highlands with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of kid friendly trails in Highlands, North Carolina
Top trails (10)
#1 - Whiteside Mountain National Recreation Trail
Nantahala National Forest
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 1 h 7 m
A landmark along the Eastern Continental Divide, Whiteside Mountain rises to an elevation of 4,930 feet. The mountain's cliffs look like sheets of ice draped across the mountain. This magnificent rock is about 390 to 460 million years old. Attractions: A two-mile loop trail climbs above the sheer 750-foot high cliffs and offers outstanding views to the east, south, and west. Whiteside Mountain Trail is rated more difficult because of its steepness. This is a self service fee location. $3 per vehicle and an additional $1 per person. It is a beautiful hike with amazing views and worth the visit!Show more
#2 - Dry Falls Trail
Nantahala National Forest
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Length: 0.3 mi • Est. 7 m
This trail goes behind a waterfall. You will get wet.Show more
#3 - Secret Falls Trail
Highlands, North Carolina
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 42 m
#4 - Ranger Falls Loop Trail
Nantahala National Forest
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 21 m
Please check in with park before leaving. Trails are sometimes closed after severely rainy conditions because of flooding, mud, or downed trees. Also, please read directions in the "Getting There" tab. Google Maps will not bring you to the second parking lot where the Ranger Falls Loop Trailhead is.Show more
#5 - Sunset Rock Trail
Ravenel Park
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 34 m
Driving up to Ravnel Park is not recommended unless you have four wheel drive.Show more
#6 - Scaly Mountain Summit via Hickory Knut Road
Nantahala National Forest
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 47 m
#7 - Satulah Mountain
Nantahala National Forest
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 39 m
#8 - Picklesimer Rock House Falls
Blue Valley Experimental Forest
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 36 m
#9 - Waterfalls on Scotsman Creek
Nantahala National Forest
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 45 m
Short but strenuous to Waterfall on Scotsman Creek and Upper Waterfall on Scotsman Creek.Show more
#10 - Rocky Knob Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY]
Highlands, North Carolina
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 48 m
Note: Trail is in a gated community.Show more