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Yellow Mountain
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Yellow Mountain
Yellow Mountain
Level of difficulty: Strenuous, with 2,000-plus-foot elevation gain

Driving distance/directions from downtown Highlands, NC: 4.9 miles. Follow Hwy. 64 East to Buck Creek Road on left, proceed 2.2 miles on Buck Creek to trailhead on right.

Parking: Adequate, across the road from trailhead

Hiking distance: 9.6 miles round trip

Description: This longish hike up Cole Mountain, Shortoff Mountain, around Goat Knob and up Yellow Mountain is worth the trip for the view to be had from the old fire tower at the summit. Trail is well-marked and maintained, but it will test the mettle of the weekend walker.

Footnote: Bring adequate water. Nice collection of wildflowers along the trail, in season.

Hike descriptions adapted from the Highland Hiker’s Guide to Day Hikes.
Volunteers give Highlands, NC, roadsides a spring cleaning
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Diana Onchkina and Jane Kim participate in the annual Gorge Clean-up day on Saturday morning. The event was sponsored by the Highlands Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, the Franklin Chamber of Commerce and Venture

Local. Volunteers spent the morning picking up trash along roadways leading to Highlands and then were treated to a cook-out at Cliffside Lake for lunch. About 50 volunteers participated in the effort.
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