Explore the most popular walking 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.

An easy little hike with several different platforms to admire the falls. The last fall is not nearly as impressive as the first two.

This trail is one that offers great vistas time and time again. There is an option to either hike the more technical trail to the right or take the gravel path to the left. We took the gravel path to the left on the way up and decided on the more rewarding technical trail on the way down. Don’t miss the technical trail because that is where the vistas are. It is crowded up there, but for good reason. I would definitely go back.

3 days ago

Nice easy trip down. Beautiful falls. Make sure you continue down to see all of the viewing areas. Saw a black snake tumble down the falls only to find rest on a rock a little shaken but fine. Nice to see from afar.

Great trail with great views/. Gravel road is A LOT easier than the trail. I would recommend taking the gravel road up to the top and come down the more difficult trail so you know what you are getting into before trying the more difficult trail...if you are unsure about which way to go.

4 days ago

See Andrew Coorr and Vicki Shepard reviews. Good for what it is. Expect heavy traffic given ease of access.

trail isn't overgrown or full of poison ivy. we read that review, decided to hike it anyways, and to our pleasant surprise it was amazing today. definitely hard work, but well worth it.

This was a nice quick hike but the service road is easy to miss. Falls were pretty and a great spot to swim and have lunch.

The gravel trail was pretty easy for us and our dogs. Based on advice of other hikers, we took the dogs back down the way we came instead of down the steps.

The trail that starts off the highway is not marked, with no “actual” parking spots. Right at the start is a creek that you’re going to have to cross. Either get your feet wet (not advised this early on in the hike) or go across barefoot. BRING EXTRA SOCKS!! The entire trail is covered in mud, brambles, fallen trees, spider webs, and ticks! Bug spray is also a necessity. When you get to the main fork that starts the loop, GO RIGHT then slightly left to stay on track. You’ll follow the trail down through more downed trees and brambles, then through a “mini loop” to the water. The converging rivers are beautiful! There’s some rocks to sit on and take a break, right at the center of the rivers. When you head back up, GO BACK THE WAY YOU CAME!!!!! I know it’s a “loop trail” but the back side of the trail is completely destroyed! All the trees are down, making the tiny trail literally invisible. We ended up bushwhacking our way out of the mess, nearly getting lost in the process. I wasn’t so judgmental on the rest of the trail after that. Overall, the hike was rough. Sure, it’s flat, but the lack of maintenance made the trail exhausting. The view at the water really is beautiful, “a little Montana” as we called it. I just wouldn’t advise taking kids, dogs, or anybody who isn’t ready to “rough it” a little.
Take-away points:
1. Extra socks
2. Bug spray
3. DO NOT take the backside of the loop! Go right at the fork then come back up the way you came to get back to the highway!!!!

awesome view!

Perfect for what it is. A short jaunt off the side of the road. You might get a little wet if you go behind the falls. My 4 year old made it on the climb back up.

11 days ago

This is a very short trail that is more of a scenic overlook type setting than an actual hike. I walked it in flip flops. You’ll park right off the road where there are small restroom facilities in the parking lot. You can go to an overlook of the falls, or you can take the steps and path all the way down and behind the falls. We visited on July 4th and it was crowded, but totally worth sharing the space and getting some really beautiful shots from behind the falls.
Highly recommend this if you’re close to Highlands. If you’re coming from downtown Highlands, you’ll also pass Bridal Veil Falls, which you can see clearly without even getting out of your car. :)

Great short trail! You can take the easy or challenging route up - we did the challenging of course hehe

the trail started off good. it was moderately challenging and not crowded which is,a huge plus the week of 4th of july. unfortunately we turned back a mile and half in to the trek because the trail was over grown and full of poison ivy.

Multiple great views as you follow the ridge line. Those with walking/knee issues can take the gravel path up and down, while others can use the slightly trickier path with boulders and some high step-up/downs.

21 days ago

Quick little trail, so much fun driving there and playing behind the falls.

21 days ago

The picturesque view from the precipice of the first falls is a must! Mid level and base are nice too. The last leg was not worth the effort, downed trees, rocky and not much at the bottom.

easy and fun to walk

on Satulah Mountain

23 days ago

Great views

Glen Falls is absolutely amazing, there are several spots to stop and look at the different tiers of the falls. The trail is well maintained, except for quite a bit of mud around the viewing areas. It’s a extreme decline down some nicely placed steps, but every step you take down...you have to take back up. The walk back is not for the faint at heart.

very nice trail and the views are amazing!

Absolutely beautiful falls, easy access and ample parking. Definitely a must see, especially after a good rain.

Super short path with a great payoff. Definitely stop if you’re in Highlands.

1 month ago

I have hiked this trail a few times and almost any trail that has a waterfall at the end gets a great rating from me. I went past the base of the falls as another reviewer posted but once upon the downed trees and such turned around. It is uphill all the way back and there are a lot of tree roots underfoot so watch your step. Have seen people doing it in flip flops. Crazy!

We did this after hiking Scaly Mountain so my review maybe slightly flawed by the fact that my kids had had enough by this point.
Overall, it's a nice hike but I was a little irritated that I continued on the trail past the pool at the bottom for another half a mile, climbing over downed trees, only to be told by a group coming in the opposite direction that there was nothing down there except a campground. Don't hike past the post that has the word "falls" etched into it.

1 month ago

Awesome waterfall

not really a hike but it is a gorgeous waterfall

My husband and I very much enjoyed this trail. It was as easy to navigate and the markers along the way were very educational. It was pouring rain when we went but the falls are definitely worth the hike (even in the rain).

trail running
1 month ago

Beautiful single track. Lots of climbing. Only a couple of “views” until the firetower.

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