Highlands Plateau Greenway
multiple trails | easy
The Greenway contains over five miles of sidewalks and natural trails
that are open and free to the public daily from sunrise to sunset. The
trails connect natural areas and historic sites in the town and provide
alternatewalking and jogging routes to shopping, educational offerings,
and civic destinations. Existing and proposed trails incorporate
botanical points of interest, historic sites, important birding areas, art,
scenic overlooks, and other areas of natural beauty. The Greenway is
intended for foot traffic only and its trails are rated as easy, moderate or
difficult to indicate health and fitness opportunities for all user levels.
Get your Greenway Trail Map online, at the Old Edwards Inn and Spa
front desk, or just get on the trail from locations all over town and
follow the signs.
1.6 miles one way | moderate
The Satulah Mountain Trail is a short hike along an old road bed to a
peak of 4543 ft. just south of Highlands. There is a 270° view to the
south, east and west. Views of the Piedmont, the Blue Valley and Rabun
Bald are excellent. The trail is a steady climb of about 400 ft. over a
distance of about half a mile one way.
Park your vehicle in downtown Highlands. Then walk along Hwy 28
South toward Walhalla for 0.2 miles until the road makes a sharp curve
to the right. Go straight ahead at the curve onto Satulah Road. Half a
mile up the road the road forks. Continue straight ahead on the left fork
to the end of the road, a distance of about 0.4 miles. The trail to Satulah
Mountain is the rocky old road bed to the right. Follow this road bed an
additional half a mile to the clearing at the top of the mountain.
2 miles one way | difficult
Take this moderate to difficult hike along the Bartram Trail to the top
of Scaly Mountain, marked by yellow blazes. The summit offers a
beautiful view of the Appalachians and Piedmont.
From Highlands drive south on NC 106 for 5.7 miles to the Osage
Mountain Vista parking area. The trail starts across the road from the
overlook. (This trail is not suitable for small children.)