• 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

Hiking: Scaly Mountain

Scaly Mountain

Scaly Mountain is a bit further away than other hikes in the area. It is about five miles west of Highlands on Hwy. 106. The hike offers great views and a good trek through a varied wilderness. There is even a small waterfall near the trail.

From Cashiers, take Hwy. 64 West to Highlands, and take a right at the traffic light. Drive through town and take a left onto Hwy. 106. Travel approximately six miles and park at the Osage Mountain Vista. Take the stairs across the street to start the trail.

The trail begins moderately steep on a narrow trail. Continue up and listen for water; there is a spur trail that leads to a small waterfall. The trail will begin to flatten out and pass through some rhododendron. It can be wet in places, so be sure to wear shoes you don’t mind getting dirty. The trail actually becomes a stream for a bit.

Continue on, following the yellow blazes. There is a potentially confusing fork, where a small spur trial goes to a house. Pass this, as it lies on private property. Further on, the way intersects with another good-sized trail. At the three-way fork, go left. Be sure you are still following yellow blazes.

The trail will steepen again as it approaches Scaly’s summit. There are several overlooks once you reach the top with slightly different views. The trail can be a little overgrown after the second overlook.

Return the way you came to your car. Plan to spend at least two to three hours on this hike.

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