Hiking at The Pines Recreation Area


The Pines Recreation Area is a public access recreation area on the shore of Lake Glenville between Cullowhee and Cashiers, NC.

High Falls Trail Parking
High Falls Trail Parking

It's near the reservoir's dam and features a swim beach, picnic tables, a fishing pier, and toilets. There is also boat access. The area has plenty of parking, but the lots may fill up on summer weekends or when there is a water release, so arrive early to secure a spot.

There is no fee for use of the area and parking is also free.


High Falls Trail

  • From the parking area away from the lake, the trail begins as a gated road leading down below part of the dam. It winds downhill on a graveled path to a hairpin turn near a drainage basin, then turns right at a sign. From there the trail becomes much...
  • 0.7mi, Climbs Steeply, Some Obstacles

Right now, just one trail starts at the Pines recreation area, but it's a good one: the High Falls trail leads 0.7 mi down the river below the dam to the waterfall of the same name. Click here for all the trail details.