Sun. 7:45am Oct. 18, 2009 - Whiteside Mountain, lightly dusted with snow. Hwy. 64 between Highlands & Cashiers NC ( Devil's Courthouse view )
Hiking Whiteside Mountain - Highlands Newspaper Article
Whiteside is one of the area's most popular hiking trails. The trailhead is accessible by vehicles & is only 7 miles from Highlands.
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Highlands Area Hiking Trails
Green Text =s Highlands Most Popular Hiking Trails
Sunset Rocks: 1.2 miles (round trip). Trail head: Horse Cove Rd., across from the Highlands Nature Center. Features: A rock outcropping overlooking Highlands and Horse Cove; trees marked and identified as part of the Town of Highlands "Highlands Trees" project.
Satulah Mountain Summit: The trail is a short hike down an old road bed to the summit, which is 4543 ft. Excellent panoramic views. Distance Aprox. 1/2 mile one way.
miles (round trip). Trail Head: Whiteside Mt. parking area. Features: This
moderate loop trail offers spectacular views from a high ridge top, 2,100'
above the valley floor. Whiteside Mt. (4900') has the highest sheer cliffs
in the Eastern US (400 - 750').
Courthouse: accessed from the Whiteside Mountain Trail.
Horse Cove Poplar Tree: 100 yards from the Trail Head off Rich Gap Rd. Features: Large yellow tulip popular, the second largest tree in the state and third largest in the East.
Glen Falls: 1.4 miles (one way; 15 min. to first falls). Trail head: Glen Falls parking lot. Trail end: Forest Service Rd. (79C) in Blue Valley. Features: Three cascading waterfalls and a beautiful stream. One of the advantages of this trail is that you can return after seeing the first or second waterfall, and still have an enjoyable walk.
Chinquapin Mountain: 3.2 miles (round trip). Trail head: Glen Falls parking area. Features: Numerous stream crossings and several views from Chinquapin Mt. (4,160') into Blue Valley at vistas along the trail. Access also available off of NC106 approximately 3 miles from Highlands.
Cliffside Lake Recreation Area: There are numerous hiking trails in this area, including an interpretive loop trail describing shrubs and trees along the Cliffside Vista Trail. The half-mile loop around the lake offers hikers an easy walk that is quite level. Cliffside Vista Trail accessed from the road before entering the parking area. Cullasaja River Fishing Map
Chattooga Loop Trail: 2 miles (round trip). Trail head: Horse Cove Rd. Features: A pleasant walk through the woods and then along the river, ending with a spectacular view of rock formations from the Bull Pen Rd. Bridge, known as "The Iron Bridge." Google Map Location
Chattooga Trail from Iron Bride Bull Pen Rd. to Whiteside Cove Rd. 6 miles.
Ranger Falls Trail: Accessed from Flat Mtn. Ranger Station off Flat Mtn. Rd. or Cliffside Lake Recreation Area.
Nature Center: Trails with interpretive arboretum features located across the street from Sunset Rocks in Highlands.
Area Peak 4,696 - This trail provides a
spectacular view of the tri-state area from an observation deck atop Rabun
Bald, Georgia's second highest point. The deck is constructed from
remnants of an old fire tower built in the 1930s. One of Georgia's rarest
birds, the raven, is frequently sighted. The ascent is extremely steep. 2
miles one way. Directions: From Highlands to Scaly Mtn., then just past
the post office take a left turn on Hale Ridge Rd. then a right on Bald
Mtn. Rd. & look for a US Forestry sign that indicates a left on Kelsey Mtn.
Rd. to the Trailhead.
Bartram Trail: Offers
many short or long hikes to spectacular vistas, such as Scaly Mt., Jones
Knob, and Whiterock Mountain. This
national recreation trail runs across the mountains of South Carolina,
Georgia and North Carolina. It stretches nearly 80 miles from Highlands to
Cheoah Bald, east of Robbinsville. Blazed in yellow in Nantahala National
Forest, the trail is named after William Bartram, a naturalist who roamed
the Southern woods in 1775.
Yellow Mountain - Shortoff MT: 3 miles (round trip) to Shortoff Mt., 9.6 miles (round trip) to Yellow Mt. trail head: Cole Gap on Buck Creek Rd. Features: A short easy hike to a view of Buck Creek area; Shortoff Mt. has views to the south; Yellow Mt. has views in all directions. The trail to Yellow Mt. is a difficult trail, traversing three of the area's scenic mountains, with many steep ascents and descents. Located off Buck Creek Rd.
Rock Trails: 7 miles
each (round trip). Trail head: Bull Pen Rd. Features Ellicott’s Rock is
a rock embedded in the Chattooga River bank bearing the letters NC, carved
by surveyor Andrew Ellicott. He thought this to be the intersection of GA,
NC & SC. The actual point of the intersection is Commissioner's Rock,
bearing the symbol NC/SC 1813, 10 feet downstream. Directions:...take the
right fork, Bull Pen Road. Ellicott’s Rock trail starts
There are 3 trails that lead to the Ellicott Rock; Bad
Creek, Ellicott Rock and the Chattooga River Trail. The Bad Creek Trail is
the easiest trail. The Bad Creek Trail begins at the Fowler Creek parking
area off of Bull Pen road
The 3 Forks Trail: Begins at John Teague Gap and ends near the west fork of the Chattooga River. Hikers will encounter steep and rugged terrain. Exercise caution if you attempt to proceed down to the river on an unmaintained extension.
Points of Interest Before The Bartram & Chattooga River Trail On Hwy. 28
Notice: This is information only. To ensure an enjoyable hike, we strongly recommend you contact the US Forest Service at (828) 526-3765 or visit their office. They have additional information, maps and brochures. Please use caution; although these trails, waterfalls, and scenic areas are beautiful to see, they can be very dangerous.
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Waterfalls Close To The Town Of Highlands
off US 64/28 west, 2.5 miles northwest of Highlands on the Cullasaja
River. The Sequoyah Dam is at the head of the falls. There are 18 small
falls within a quarter mile paralleling US 64/28.
River Fishing Map Glen Falls:
Located off a
dirt road 3 miles south of Highlands on 106S. The turn-off is marked by a
U.S.F.S. sign. Glen Falls is composed of a series of 3 large falls
dropping approximately 60ft. each on the east fork of Overflow Creek in
the Blue Valley area. The one-mile foot trail down to the falls is steep.
Rock House Falls:
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Lake Sequoyah Falls: Located off US 64/28 west, 2.5 miles northwest of Highlands on the Cullasaja River. The Sequoyah Dam is at the head of the falls. There are 18 small falls within a quarter mile paralleling US 64/28. Cullasaja River Fishing Map
Glen Falls: Located off a dirt road 3 miles south of Highlands on 106S. The turn-off is marked by a U.S.F.S. sign. Glen Falls is composed of a series of 3 large falls dropping approximately 60ft. each on the east fork of Overflow Creek in the Blue Valley area. The one-mile foot trail down to the falls is steep. Glen Falls Video
Rock House Falls: 40ft. located in Blue Valley
Silver Run Falls: A 30-foot waterfall spills into a pool of water. Off NC 107, 4.1 miles south of Cashiers. Park in pull-off on left & take a short, easy trail to base of falls
Whitewater Falls: Aprox. 28 miles from Highlands, these falls are the highest in the eastern US at 411 ft. A pleasant 60 minute drive, many visitors enjoy driving through Horse Cove and crossing over the Chattooga River on their way to Whitewater.
Holcomb Creek Falls: This trail begins at the intersection of Hale Ridge Road (Forest Service Road 7) and Overflow Road (Forest Service Road 86) and follows a short loop to its end on Hale Ridge Road. The trail passes Holcomb Creek Falls and Ammons Creek Falls, where there is an observation deck.
Ammons Creek Falls: This trail begins at the intersection of Hale Ridge Road (Forest Service Road 7) and Overflow Road (Forest Service Road 86) and follows a short loop to its end on Hale Ridge Road. The trail passes Holcomb Creek Falls and Ammons Creek Falls, where there is an observation deck.
Blue Valley Overlook - Located 3 1/2 miles SW of Highlands on NC Hwy. 106s. Looking from Blue Valley Overlook PICTURES
Osage Overlook - Hwy. 106s across from Bartram Trail entrance, the view from this vantage is of Scaly and Osage Mountains. PICTURES
Whiteside Overlook - Located 5 1/2 miles from Highlands on Hwy.64e. Looking out over Whiteside, you will be faced with the majesty and austerity of the mountains. PICTURES
Ammons Branch Primitive Camping Area
Blue Valley Primitive Camping Area
The upper section of the Chattooga River
is located in Jackson County on the Highlands Ranger District where it
flows into Georgia and South Carolina.
The Chattooga River flows thru the Ellicott Wilderness area and is
classified as a Wild and Scenic River. Anglers enjoy the trout fishing
that the Chattooga has to offer. Brown
trout are abundant, and rainbow trout are also occasionally caught in the
From Franklin follow Hwy 64 East thru the town of Highlands down
Bull Pen Road thru the Horse Cove community.
Bear right onto FS Road 1178 (Bull Pen Road).
Follow FS1178 till you get to the iron bridge at the Chattooga
There are only Primitive camp sites in the Ellicott Wilderness area
along the Chattooga River.
This means that there are no facilities and you should only leave foot
prints on the wilderness trails.
Season: Fishing in the Chattooga River is open all year around. The Upper Chattooga in Jackson and Macon counties upstream of the SR 1100 bridge is managed under Wild trout regulations In all wild trout waters the minimum length limit is 7 inches and the creel limit is 4 trout per day. Only artificial lures with one single hook may be used. Below the bridge, Wild trout/ natural bait regulations apply (artificial lures or natural baits, except live fish, and using only single hooks; minimum length limit is 7 inches and the creel limit is 4 trout per day.)
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Para-Sailing Whiteside Mountain Cliffs - Fall 2009 - View From Whiteside Cove Rd. Photo: Jim Lewicki - Copyrighted 2017
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