• Excursions

    Cashiers ExcursionsSometimes you want to take a trip and see something nearby. Here are some ideas.

  • Fishing

    Cashiers FishingYou'll find there are plenty of spots to go fishing in and around Cashiers.

  • Hiking

    Cashiers HikingLike to hike? Or just a walk in the woods? Then you're in luck!

  • Mountain Biking

    Cashiers Mountain BikingSome of the best mountain biking in the country is within an hour's drive of Cashiers.

  • Swimming

    Cashiers SwimmingThere are many natural swimming holes for cooling off in the summer!

  • Waterfalls

    Cashiers WaterfallsThe waterfalls around Cashiers range from breathtaking to peaceful to exciting to mammoth.

Rainbow Falls is one of the most dramatic falls in the Cashiers area. Silver Run Falls While it certainly isn't easy to reach, Bull Pen slices right underneath a road bridge. Middle Glen Falls during a rain. Lower Glen Falls
Rainbow Falls is one of the most dramatic falls in the Cashiers area. The 200' fall is located on the Horsepasture River near Sapphire. Get more information about Rainbow Falls »
Silver Run Falls is located just a short hike off of Hwy. 107 south of Cashiers. The 35' waterfall keeps a rather large plunge pool full of water for swimming. Get directions to Silver Run Falls »
While it certainly isn't easy to reach, Bull Pen slices right underneath a road bridge. It's a bit of a drive, but you won't have to go far once you park. More information on Bull Pen and directions »
Upper Glen Falls during a rain. Hiking down from Highlands, the second tier of Glen Falls cascades quite a way. Read more about Glen Falls »
Middle Glen Falls looks like a dream in this time-lapse shot. Find out how to visit Glen Falls »

From the guide

Waterfalls: Glen Falls

Glen Falls

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If you are visiting Highlands, and you would like to check out a waterfall, Glen Falls is a must see. While not as easy to reach as Bridal Veil Falls or Dry Falls, Glen Falls is absolutely worth the hike. Totalling almost 150’ within three tiers, Glen offers many great viewpoints.

From Cashiers, take Hwy. 64 West to Highlands, and drive through downtown on Hwy. 64. After a few blocks downtown, take a left onto Hwy. 106. Continue appx. 2 miles, and look for a brown sign for Glen Falls. Make a left. Bear right immediately, and follow a gravel road for appx. 1 mile to the parking area.

Two hikes begin here, Glen Falls and Chinquapin Mountain. Both lead from the right side of the parking area by the kiosk. Look for the signs - Glen Falls forks to the left.

The moderately steep trail zigs and zags down the hill. When you reach the river, the trail will have many forks that lead to different overlooks of the tiered falls. Explore as you wish, but remember what goes down must come back up to your car, so plan accordingly.

The first tier is arguably the most dramatic. A 50-foot drop and a short cascade await. There is a good overlook by a large tree, and you can venture by the river. Remember to be careful, as the rocks can be slippery.

The second tier is a rocky cascade, where the water bounces left and right as it makes its way down. It, too is appx. 50’.

The last tier is quite small and relatively unremarkable, about 15’.

As always, the falls are most exciting after a good rain. Be careful around the river, especially after rains and in winter. This waterfall photographs quite well. Enjoy.

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