Glen Falls

Glen Falls is three tiers of 70, 60, and 15 feet in height (pictured here is the upper tier) for a total of about 145 feet of falling water. Each tier has its own character, but the top two are the ones I recommend seeing – and highly. The top tier is a multi-streamed free fall with some cascades at the bottom. The middle tier is a wide cascade with lots of individual streams and free-falls over neat, banded rock.

Driving Directions

From downtown Highlands, go West on US Hwy. 64 and take a left on NC Hwy. 106. Turn left on SR 1168 after 1.7 miles (there is a sign for Glen Falls). Immediately bear right onto the gravel road which follows the creek downstream to a dead end at the trailhead parking.

Trail Directions

Follow the signed Glen Falls trail for just over 1/2 mile to the upper section of the falls. The trail is downhill and moderately rough, so remember that for the climb back out. Side paths lead to observation areas at the upper, middle, and lower tier of the falls.

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