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• Historic Sites: Wasilik Poplar,WhiteOak Bottoms&AlbertMountainTower

• Begins as a paved two-lane road and turns into single-lane gravel

past Standing Indian Campground access

From intersection of Hwy 64 W and Hwy 23/441 North in Franklin, NC

take Hwy 64 W towards Murphy, NC for 12 miles. Just before the 12th

mile you should see a brown sign for Wallace Gap, Appalachian Trail &

Standing Indian Campground with arrows pointing you towards West

Old Murphy Road (SR 1448) on your left, take this left. Stay on W. Old

Murphy Road for two miles. You’ll pass a Nantahala National Forest Sign

for the campground saying “500 Ft Ahead,” and at two miles you’ll be

at FR (Forest Road) #67 to your right (indicated by a small, skinny brown

sign at the beginning of the road).

US HWY 64: Franklin, NC to Whiteside


• 22 miles of gorgeous roadside scenery on this section of the

“Mountain Waters Scenic Byway”

• Multiple waterfalls (Cullasaja Falls, Bust Your Butt Falls, Dry Falls,

Bridal Veil Falls & Lake Sequoyah or “Kalakaleskies Falls”)

• Fishing in the hatchery supported waters of the Cullasaja River

• Cliffside Lake Recreation Area with fishing, hiking, picnic area,

swimming, bath house (showers, restrooms), kid friendly

• Vanhook Glade Campground with Cliffside Lake access via Vanhook Trail

• Two roadside picnic areas with multiple tables, charcoal grills and

easy access to the Cullasaja River

• Toilets located at the Dry Falls parking area

• Downtown Highlands shopping, restaurants and lodging

• Whiteside Mountain with excellent hiking opportunity

• Views from “Big View”, roadside of Highway 64 (WhitesideMountain,

Devil’s Courthouse, Chattooga River Valley and into South Carolina)

Whiteside Cove Road

• Peaceful drive connecting Horse Cove (just South of Highlands) and

Hwy 107 (just South of Cashiers)

• Multiple activities from this road including scenic views, photography,

fishing, swimming and hiking

• Points of interest: Granite City, Grimshawes Historic Post Office,

Cashiers Sliding Rock, Chattooga River Cliffs Trail (Upper)

• This road is part pavement, part gravel in places; not recommended

for motorcycles

Chattooga River Loop Trail

Bull Pen Road Trailhead

Park and start at what locals call the “Iron Bridge.” The trailhead for

the “Loop” starts on the left side of the bridge and runs along the

river for just under one mile. You can break up this two-mile loop

by stopping along the shores of the river for a picnic, swimming or

trying your luck at fishing. A picnic table can be found midway through

the hike if you would rather wait to have lunch there. See page 8,

Chattooga River Trail for directions.

Cliffside Lake

This is a great place to take your family. Kids can run around and play

in the water or the woods. The area is great for kids learning how to

fish due to the ample room around Cliffside Lake for you to spread

out. Take along your fishing pole and swimsuit. This is four miles west

of Highlands on Hwy 64.

Cullasaja Gorge

This is a very convenient picnic area if traveling along this section

of the “Mountain Waters Scenic Byway.” Plan on stopping here for

a quick picnic with the family before heading up to Highlands from

Franklin or vise versa. This is four and a half miles west of Highlands

on Hwy 64.

Highlands Botanical Garden

828-526-0188 • 930 Horse Cove Road • Highlands, NC

Learn about the flora of the region while having your picnic lunch

among the gardens or by the lake. Nearly 500 species of mosses, ferns,

wildflowers, shrubs and trees flourish in natural forest, wetlands and

old-growth plant communities connected by trails and boardwalks.

Highlands Recreation Park

828-526-3556 • 600 North 4th Street • Highlands, NC

This is a local favorite for picnicking. Allow some time to enjoy the

playground equipment and take a dip in the pool.

Sunset Rock

Grab a bottle of wine, bread and some cheese and head along Main

Street walking or driving East out of Highlands. Across from the Highlands

Nature Center, this is a great place to hike 0.6 mile up, kick off your shoes

and enjoy a beautiful view of Highlands at sunset. A local favorite!

Local Picnic Areas