Chattooga Narrows Trail

Highlands, NC
  • Whiteside Cove Road Highlands NC, 28741
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The moderate Chattooga Narrows Trail offers a three-mile workout surrounded by nature’s beauty.

From Cashiers, take NC 107 South for 1.7 miles to Whiteside Cove Road. Turn right and proceed 6.8 miles to Macon/Jackson county line, look for the Highlands Fire District sign and park on left.

From Highlands, go east on Main Street, which becomes Horse Cove Road, for 4.5 miles to the intersection with Bull Pen and Whiteside Cove Roads. Take a left onto Whiteside Cove Road and proceed 0.9 miles to trailhead.

Follow an old logging road for one mile to the junction with the Chattooga River Trail. Continue on the road 0.1 miles to the Chattooga River Narrows. At the Narrows, the Chattooga River is just a few feet wide. After viewing the river backtrack 0.1 miles to Chattooga River Trail junction and turn left. In 0.3 miles, just before Cane Creek, look for the trail to the right. Turn right and follow the path upstream. After two-tenths of a mile, cross Cain Creek on a log or take the path to the right and ford the stream. Follow Holly Branch for a tenth of a mile to a logging road (FR 2025) and turn right. Follow the road for eight-tenths of a mile to rejoin Whiteside Cove Road. Turn right and walk three-tenths of a mile to the starting point.


Whether you want to tackle a mountain or sit by a stream, you’ll find just what you’re looking for here. This is a premier golf destination, but there’s so much more available. There are streams to fish, public pools and tennis courts to enjoy and playgrounds, too. Winter sports include ice skating, skiing, tubing and hiking.


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