Granite City

Level of difficulty: Moderate

Driving distance/directions from downtown Highlands, NC: 6 miles. Follow the many twists, turns and hairpin switchbacks of Horse Cove Road down to T-intersection of Bull Pen and Whiteside Cove roads. Bear left on Whiteside 1.2 miles to steep trail on left.

Parking: Limited, on road shoulders

Hiking distance: Minimal

Description: Trail leads to a jumble of large granite outcrops and boulders with many caverns and ledges, a favorite of the young set.

Footnote: Best wear boots and long pants for this one.

Hike descriptions adapted from the Highland Hiker’s Guide to Day Hikes.

Crossroads Chronicle

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1040
196 Burns Street, Suite 1
Cashiers, NC 28717
Phone: 828-743-5101
Fax: 828-743-4173