Attractions Near Highlands, North Carolina

Hiking the Yellow Mountain Trail - Highlands, NC

The Yellow Mountain Trail is located near Highlands, NC. Drive east on US 64 from Highlands 2.7 miles and turn left onto Buck Creek Road. Continue 2.3 miles up to Cole Gap. There is a sign and steps at the trail head on the right side of Buck Creek Road.

The trail terminates at the old Yellow Mountain Fire Tower which gives the hiker an opportunity to view a magnificent 360 degree view of the NC mountains. This is a 10 mile strenuous out-and-back hike which proceeds over Cole Mountain, Shortoff Mountain and Goat Knob before the final climb to the top of Yellow Mountain. It is very much worth the trip but it is not for beginners.

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