The Top Hiking Trails in The High South!

Your High South Adventure must include our Hiking Trails! The Cashiers - Highlands - Western North Carolina area boast some of the most picturesque hiking trails in the United States.

This is a list of some of the trails in North Ga. and Western North Carolina, including the Cashiers – Highlands area. The views and scenery from these hiking trails and mountaintops are spectacular! Escape from the city and enjoy the beautiful Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains. Within very short drive from the crossroads in Cashiers NC , you can be at any number of trail heads or crossing points.

For the first time visitor, these are must do!

Favorite Hike

Whiteside Mountain

The trail takes you on a hike to 4,940 ft. elev. along the eastern Continental Divide, which offers spectacular views from a high ridge top, 2,100' above the valley floor. Whiteside Mt. has the highest sheer cliffs in the Eastern US.
Length: 2 mi. loop.
Rating:Easy to moderate
Trail Head:
Whiteside Mt. parking area.
Directions:
From the intersection of N.C. 107 and U.S. 64 in Cashiers, drive west on U.S. 64 in the direction of Highlands. After 4.7 mi. on U.S. 64, turn left on Whiteside Mountain Rd. (SR 1690) at brown "Whiteside Mountain Trail" sign. Continue 1.1 mi., passing Wildcat Cliffs Country Club on right. Turn left into gravel parking lot. Click here for images!

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The Bartram Trail:

One of North Carolina’s long-distance trails and one of the state’s great hiking treasures. The trail stretches 100 miles starting in South Carolina, passing into Georgia, and ending in the Nantahala National Forest of North Carolina.There's plenty of terrific day hikes along the trail, one popular in the Cashiers-Highland area is the:
Bartram Overflow Creek Loop
Length: 3.5 mile loop
Rating: More difficult
Trail head:
The Osage Overlook

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Official Website of the North Carolina Bartram Trail Society

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Best Overall Hiking Area:
​Panthertown Valley!
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Glen Falls Hike

This trail takes the hiker through a pleasant forest of hardwoods and pines to one of the spectacular waterfalls of the Blue Ridge Escarpment. As Overflow Creek plunges over the ledge below one of the East's highest towns, you really get two falls in one. It forms two distinct tiers of falls totaling over 200' in height, each with an entirely different look and feel. Makes for an excellent half-day hike, and it's a great trail for familes and older children. 
Length: 1.1  mile
Rating: More difficult
Trail head:
Glen Falls Parking Area

 Dupont

On this hike, you'll visit up to 5 of the 6 major waterfalls in Dupont State Forest. It starts as an easy path to some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the area: Hooker, Triple, and High Falls. Covered picnic shelters with views of the falls make for excellent family outing possibilities. If you wish to continue to Grassy Creek and Bridal Veil Falls, this will become a moderate hike. You'll cross the big covered bridge and pass a beautiful mountain lake on the way - well worth the extra effort!

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Dupont State Park

Difficulty: Easy
Total Length: 0.6 - 6 mi
Trail Tread Condition: Some Obstacles
Climb: Climbs Moderately
Lowest Elevation: 2230 ft
Highest Elevation: 2560 ft
Total Elevation Gain: 120 ft
Trails Used: Bridal Veil Falls Road, Conservation Road, Triple Falls, River Bend, Buck Forest Road, Hooker Falls Road, Covered Bridge,High Falls
Hike Configuration: Partial loop, out-and-back
Starting point: Hooker Falls Parking Area

From Asheville, take I-240 west to I-26 east to the exit for Asheville Airport (exit 40). Head south (right) on NC 280 (4-lane highway) toward Brevard for 16 miles. Turn left on US 64 East and drive 3.7 miles. Turn right on Crab Creek Road. Drive 4.3 miles and turn right on Dupont Road. The road will climb and change names to Staton Road, then begin a long downhill, at the bottom of which is the bridge over the Little River. The parking area is on the right just before the bridge. The trail to Triple and High Falls starts on the other side of the bridge.

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More High South Hikes

Silver Run Falls Trail (one of the easiest waterfalls to visit)

A easy and short trail leads to the falls from Highway 107.Nearly as wide as it is tall, Silver Run Falls, tumbles over a rock ledge.
Length: 0.3 miles
Rating: Easy
Directions:
Silver Run Falls is located 4 miles south of Cashiers on North Carolina 107

Sunset Rock

This is an ideal short ½ mile walk, perfect for really a “stroll” in the Highlands area. The trail leads to a natural cliff side amphitheater and absolutely beautiful sunsets.
Length: .06 miles (round trip).
Rating: Easy
Trail head:
Horse Cove Rd., across from the Highlands Nature Center.
Directions from Cashiers:
Take Highway 64 west to Highlands - at the light on Main Street turn left. Travel 1/2 mile to Nature Center on your left.


Whiteside Mountain

The trail takes you on a hike to 4,940 ft. elev. along the eastern Continental Divide, which offers spectacular views from a high ridge top, 2,100' above the valley floor. Whiteside Mt. has the highest sheer cliffs in the Eastern US.
Length: 2 mi. loop.
Rating:Easy to moderate
Trail Head:
Whiteside Mt. parking area.
Directions:
From the intersection of N.C. 107 and U.S. 64 in Cashiers, drive west on U.S. 64 in the direction of Highlands. After 4.7 mi. on U.S. 64, turn left on Whiteside Mountain Rd. (SR 1690) at brown "Whiteside Mountain Trail" sign. Continue 1.1 mi., passing Wildcat Cliffs Country Club on right. Turn left into gravel parking lot. Click here for images!

Yellow Mountain

There are steep ascents and descents to old stone and wood fire tower which is recognized as a National Historic Lookout, at 5,127 ft. elevation.At the top..the reward is a beautiful 360 degree view. Directions: From the intersection of N.C. 107 and U.S. 64 in Cashiers, drive west on U.S. 64 in the direction of Highlands. After 7.3 mi. on U.S. 64, turn right on Buck Creek Rd. Go 2.2 mi., passing Chestnut Hill on right. Look for steep path on right with small wooden sign and steps leading to the trail. Park on left in gravel. If you pass Cole Mountain Circle, you've gone too far.
Length: 4.8 mi. round trip
Rating: Strenuous
Trail head:
Right side of Buck Creek Road

Directions:
Drive east on US 64 from Highlands North Carolina 2.7 miles and turn left onto Buck Creek Road. Continue 2.3 miles up to Cole Gap. There is a sign and steps at the trail head on the right side of Buck Creek Road.


Whitewater Falls

Whitewater Falls, also called Upper Falls, is one of the highest falls east of the Rockies at 411 feet. This waterfall is designated a North Carolina Natural Heritage Area and it is accessible via a short 0.2 paved path off NC 281. The Foothills Trail passes near the Upper Whitewater Falls and this route is a loop hike that combines the Foothills Trail with a spur trail that crosses NC 281 near the Whitewater River bridge. There is a designated campsite along the spur trail, and a few other sites that are suitable for small groups that are looking for a nice overnight loop hike in this area.
Length: 5.1 Miles
Rating: Moderate
TRAILS USED: Foothills, Spur Trail
Trail Head: NC 281
Directions: From Cashiers North Carolina, drive south on NC and SC 107 9.3 miles to SC 413 and a sign for Whitewater Falls. Turn left and continue 2.3 miles to the intersection with SC 130. Hake another left and drive north on SC 130, which becomes NC 281 at the state line. Just beyond the state line is a sign for Whitewater Falls. Visitors coming from Toxaway and other points east should start at US 64 and 281 and drive south 8.6 miles to the Whitewater Falls parking area. New toilets are near the parking area.

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