ecret Falls is a hidden gem nestled just south of downtown Highlands that makes for an excellent day hike.
A half-mile hike leads to a multi-tiered Secret Falls off Horse Cove Road. Visitors can see the falls from the top, by the swim hole at its base, or a riverbend downstream with several small drop-offs. The view from the bend in the river is a 180-degrees of waterfall splendor.
Pictured below is Secret Falls
Brandon Anderson made the trip from Waynesville and said he had the day off and wanted to hike something in Western North Carolina.
“I thought it was awesome,” said Anderson. “It’s tucked away down here so it’s not crowded, and it’s not too much of a hike and it’s really scenic.”
There are two creek crossings that are spanned by logs and the trail is well marked by blue rectangles making it easy to follow.
Directions from Highlands:
Head east from Highlands on Horse Cove Road and drive approx. 4 miles and turn right on Walking Stick Road.
Directions from Cashiers:
Drive southeast on Highway 107 for approx. 2 miles and turn right on Whiteside Cove Road. Travel approx. 9 miles on Whiteside Cove Road and turn right onto Horse Cove Road. Drive a mile and turn left on Walking Stick Road.