Bartram Trail: Osage Overlook to Scaly Mountain

Categories: Hiking & Backpacking


  •  From atop of Scaly Mtn at 4,804 Ft, excellent views into Blue Valley to the South and Tessentee Valley to the North 
  •  Small waterfall at 0.8 miles 
  •  Strenuous Climb of 1100 Ft. 
  •  Part of Section #1 of the Bartram Trail 
  •  Allow for approx. hike time of 3 hours

The Local Scoop

This segment of the Bartram Trail is strenuous due to an elevation gain of 1100 Ft. in just 2 miles. The views of Blue Valley to the South and of Tessentee Valley to the North make this trek well worth it. You'll also pass a small waterfall at 0.8 miles into the hike on your way to an old logging road. Turn Right and follow this rocky road for approx. 0.6 miles to the short spur trail on the left which goes to the top of Scaly Mtn.(4804 Ft). On top of Scaly there are three separate overlooks with views of Tessentee Valley, Blue Valley and surrounding mountains. The trail ends at the third overlook. We recommend this short but strenuous hike to experienced hikers due the more than 1,000 Ft. of elevation change. If your children are in good physical shape, it would be a great workout and reward for them. Make sure you wear appropriate shoes and clothing for the strenuous climb.

The Local Directions

From the intersection of U.S. Hwy-64 and N.C. Hwy-106 in Highlands, NC take Hwy-106 Southwest towards Dillard, GA for 5.5 miles to a paved overlook area and trailhead to your Left. Signage for "Hikers" just before you reach the trailhead and sign reading "Nantahala National Forest Vista, Osage Mountain" at the trailhead. You'll park on the same side as the overlook, but access the northbound Bartram Trail to Scaly Mtn. on the Right side of Hwy 106, via a set of stairs and a small brown sign with yellow lettering reading, "BARTRAM TR." and an even smaller U.S. Forest Service sign reading, "Bartram Trail to Hickory".

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35.02736, -83.27772

Highlands, NC 28741
Nearest City
Macon County
Distance From
FROM (Town): Highlands, 5.5 miles Hike: 2 miles to Scaly Mtn. Overlook (4 miles roundtrip)