Chinquapin Mountain

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Level of difficulty: Moderate, 700-foot elevation gain.

Driving distance/directions from downtown Highlands, NC: 2.9 miles. Follow Route 106 (Dillard Road) to graveled Glen Falls Road on left, proceed to trailhead.

Parking: Adequate

Hiking distance: 3 miles round trip

Description: Take the trail that bears to the right from Glen Falls trailhead and bulletin board. Be ready to rock-hop over several small streams on the way to the summit, which has a number of rocky overlooks into Blue Valley. 

Footnote: Remember how to get back to your vehicle. (Avoid side trail leading to Route 106.)

Hike descriptions adapted from the Highland Hiker’s Guide to Day Hikes.

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