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The Best Hiking in Highlands

Looking for the best hiking in Highlands? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Highlands. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top hiking spots in and near Highlands

  • Highlands, North Carolina

    Satulah Mountain

    2.99 mi / 646 ft gain
    Satulah Mountain is an out-and-back trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Highlands, North Carolina.
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  • Highlands, North Carolina

    Glen Falls Trail

    2.27 mi / 997 ft gain
    Glen Falls Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Highlands, North Carolina.
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  • Highlands, North Carolina

    Chinquapin Mountain Trail

    3.73 mi / 938 ft gain
    Chinquapin Mountain Trail is an out-and-back trail that provides a good opportunity to view wildlife located near Highlands, North Carolina.
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  • Highlands, North Carolina

    Dry Falls Trail

    0.35 mi / 26 ft gain
    Dry Falls Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Highlands, North Carolina.
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  • Highlands, North Carolina

    Explore Dry Falls, North Carolina

    4.5
    0.3 mi
    Dry Falls is located off of Hwy. 64, which has been designated as the Mountain Waters Scenic Byway, and the road does not disappoint. Hwy. 64 is a two lane road which hugs the northern side of Cullasaja Gorge, which has been carved by the Cullasaja River. Besides Dry Falls, Hwy. 64 leads you past...
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  • Highlands, North Carolina

    Ranger Falls Loop Trail

    2.42 mi / 581 ft gain
    Ranger Falls Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Highlands, North Carolina.
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  • Highlands, North Carolina

    Bouldering Granite City

    5.0
    0.3 mi / 96 ft gain
    At the foot of Blackrock Mountain just outside of Highlands, North Carolina, lies one of the most unique and secluded natural playgrounds around.  Granite City is composed of several massive granite boulders, ranging between 10-40 feet tall.  This spot is most popular for bouldering (mostly V0-V2...
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  • Highlands, North Carolina

    Chattooga Cliffs

    3.56 mi / 676 ft gain
    Chattooga Cliffs is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Highlands, North Carolina.
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  • Highlands, North Carolina

    Whiteside Mountain National Recreation Trail

    1.91 mi / 427 ft gain
    Whiteside Mountain National Recreation Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Highlands, North Carolina.
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  • Highlands, North Carolina

    Hike the Whiteside Mountain Loop

    5.0
    2 mi / 595 ft gain
    Whiteside Mountain is simply breathtaking, there is no way around it.  Views of the mountain from the South expose its sheer granite face, which runs almost its entire length East-to-West.  However, the views of the mountain are just the beginning, as this hike climbs to higher heights than just ...
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  • Highlands, North Carolina

    Nantahala Yellow Mountain Trail

    11.77 mi / 2631 ft gain
    Nantahala Yellow Mountain Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Highlands, North Carolina.
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  • Highlands, North Carolina

    Picklesimer Rock House Falls

    0.99 mi / 49 ft gain
    Picklesimer Rock House Falls is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Highlands, North Carolina.
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  • Highlands, North Carolina

    Scaly Mountain Summit Via Hickory Nut

    3.33 mi / 492 ft gain
    Scaly Mountain Summit Via Hickory Nut is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Highlands, North Carolina.
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  • Highlands, North Carolina

    Chattooga and Whiteside Cove Trail Loop

    7.03 mi / 984 ft gain
    Chattooga and Whiteside Cove Trail Loop is a loop trail that provides a good opportunity to view wildlife located near Cashiers, North Carolina.
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  • Cashiers, North Carolina

    Chattooga Gorge Trail

    3.54 mi / 712 ft gain
    Chattooga Gorge Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Highlands, North Carolina.
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  • Scaly Mountain, North Carolina

    Scaly Mountain Trail

    3.79 mi / 1122 ft gain
    Scaly Mountain Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Highlands, North Carolina.
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