Granite City

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.

The Highlander

Phone: 1-828-526-4114 
Main Fax: 1-828-526-3658 

Address: PO Box 249, Highlands, NC 28741
Located: 134 N. Fifth Street, Highlands, NC 28741 
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am - 5pm