February 13, 2015 Written by

It’s not just what you see. Or what you taste. Or even what you hear. At The Park on Main®, there’s something more: It’s what you feel – in the natural sense. In your blood. In your breath. On gentle pathways Mother Nature lays through the tangle and rush of her atmosphere.

Hiking in Highlands, North Carolina. It’s really what you have to do – when you’re visiting us at The Park on Main®. It’s what you have to do to experience who you are and what you can do.

It’s the movement that matters. It’s the seeing that transforms. It’s The Park on Main® in the spring time that matters to us.

Find paradise here – on your own two feet, in the privacy and serenity only nature can provide.

As a guest at The Park on Main®, you’ll find some of the finest hiking opportunities both east and west of the Mississippi. That’s how confident we are in the splendor of Highlands, North Carolina.

Here are some top trails in the Highland area from www.highlandhiker.com:

The Chattooga Narrows Trail is three miles and runs along streams and through North Carolina’s quiet comfort. It ranks moderate in difficulty. You’ll walk along the Chattooga Trail and the Chattooga River Narrows. You’ll cross the Cain Creek on a log and walk along Whiteside Road.

The Chattooga Loop Trail is two miles and is moderate in difficulty. It begins to the left of the Iron Bridge about seven miles from downtown Highlands.

The Chattooga River Trail is for hardcore hikers. It is 6.3 miles and is considered difficult. This is nature hiking at its finest. You follow the Chattooga River upstream from the Iron Bridge to Whiteside Cove Road. During most of this hike you’ll pass through a rhododendron canopy.

Hiking in Highlands, North Carolina Your Way

Granite City is a breeze at .08 miles. It is considered easy. It is a popular bouldering area. Narrow rock “streets” lead to unexpected caves and ledges, which may not be suitable for those who have anxiety about heights.

Satulah Mountain is a moderate 1.6-mile trek along an old rock bed to a peak south of Highlands. This hike takes you to an elevation of 4,543 feet and gives you a 270 degree view to the south, east and west. You can see the Piedmont, the Blue Valley and Rabun Bald.

Sunset Road is easy and goes a little more than a half mile. It leads to a natural cliff-side amphitheater.

Whiteside Mountain – a moderate two miler – gives you the big view. You’ll get a view of the green state sign showing you the way to the mountains. This trail goes along Whiteside Mountain.


Did you find this information helpful? Are you looking to take a weekend excursion or planning a vacation? We at The Park on Main® hope this information will you lead to a healthy, invigorating trek through nature. Come visit us or make reservations today. Let us know how we can be of service to you by following us our social media channels.

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About The Park on Main

The Park on Main hotel is located in the quaint village of Highlands, North Carolina, a picturesque mountain retreat nestled in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. A boutique style hotel, the Park on Main offers 24 luxury suites, each facing an exquisitely landscaped central park-like garden terrace.

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