Level of difficulty: Moderate
Driving distance/directions from downtown Highlands, NC: 6 miles. Follow the many twists, turns and hairpin switchbacks of Horse Cove Road down to T-intersection of Bull Pen and Whiteside Cove roads. Bear left on Whiteside 1.2 miles to steep trail on left.
Parking: Limited, on road shoulders
Hiking distance: Minimal
Description: Trail leads to a jumble of large granite outcrops and boulders with many caverns and ledges, a favorite of the young set.
Footnote: Best wear boots and long pants for this one.
Hike descriptions adapted from the Highland Hiker’s Guide to Day Hikes.