Best walking trails in Highlands, North Carolina

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Map of walking trails in Highlands, North Carolina
Top trails (13)
#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 - Glen Falls Trail
Nantahala National Forest
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 30 m
#3 - 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
#4 - Cullasaja Falls
Nantahala National Forest
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Length: 0.2 mi • Est. 5 m
You can see Cullasaja Falls from a very small pullout on US-64. There is room for four cars; make sure you pull all the way off the road. You have to climb over the guardrail to get to the trail to the bottom, which is unofficial and extremely steep. The rocks are very slippery and this trail is not for the faint of heart. Someone has installed a rope, which helps a lot; consider wearing gloves. The trail is lined with poison ivy and heavily strewn with litter. All in all, the falls are spectacular but getting to them isn't very pleasant.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 - Satulah Mountain
Nantahala National Forest
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 39 m
#7 - Picklesimer Rock House Falls
Blue Valley Experimental Forest
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 36 m
#8 - Chattooga Cliffside Trail
Nantahala National Forest
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 1 h 47 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 - Chattooga River Steel Bridge
Nantahala National Forest
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 1 h 58 m
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