Scotsman Creek

Categories: Play, Fishing, Frontcountry Camping, Fishing for Wild Trout


  •  Wild Natural Bait designated waters 
  •  Single hooks only 
  •  Daily limit of 4 fish a minimum of 7 inches 
  •  Open year-round 
  •  Primitive Campsite located beside creek for tent or RV camper (fire pit, lantern post, picnic table, creek access)
  •  Multiple primitive campsites to stay at on "Bull Pen Road" if planning on fishing the multiple opportunities in this area (Scotsman Creek, Fowler Creek &  Chattooga River @ Iron Bridge Access)

The Local Scoop

We recommend Scotmsman Creek to those fishermen that like a small stream challenge and for a chance to catch Wild trout using either artificial or natural bait (single-hook). The fish in Scotsman Creek tend to be on the smaller side ranging anywhere from 4-8 inches, with 8 being a very large fish for this creek. The fish will get bigger as you work your way down stream towards the much larger Chattooga River. If you decide to work your way down, the descent is rahter steep so be careful. There are two waterfalls on Scotsman Creek that you will have to navigate around. You may have to do some "bushwacking" to make it around them, but what a nice reward. Take a moment to relax at the Upper Falls on the large rock area whle listening to the water splash and cascade down the mountain. You'll find some nice little runs and holes along the way. Catch Brown and Rainbow trout here.  We recommend fishing this creek all the way down to the Chattooga, but be cautious when you reach the river if you plan on wading it at all. The water can be very swift here so be careful.

The Local Directions

From Cashiers, NC
From the main intersection of U.S. Hwy 64 and N.C. Hwy 107 in Cashiers, N.C. head South on N.C. 107 towards S.C. Travel 7 miles to "Bull Pen Road" on your Right. Take this part pavement/part gravel road for 4.2 miles to a noticable campsite on your Right at Scotsman Creek.

From Highlands, NC
From downtown Highlands, take "Horse Cove Road" (East).  To find Horse Cove Road, head East on Main Street passing by "Mountain Fresh Grocery" on your right.  Continue down this curvy road for 4.5 miles into the cove and off of the Highlands plateau.  At 4.5 miles, you'll come to a fork in the road.  Take the right and onto "Bull Pen Road."  This road is gravel but usually in good condition with a few bumpy sections to deal with.  At 3 miles down Bull Pen Road you'll cross the Chattooga River at the "Iron Bridge."  Continue over the river for another 1.6 miles to Scotsman Creek and campsite.

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Difficulty Levels

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35.02060, -83.11357
Moderate via N.C. Hwy-107/
Bull Pen Road (Cashiers)
Moderate via Horse Cove Rd/
Bull Pen Road (Highlands) 
Easy creek access via
Nearest City
Jackson County
Distance From
Scotsman Campsite, 200 feet
, 9.1 miles
Cashiers, 11.2 miles