Kelsey Trail

At the turn of the 20th century, the Kelsey Trail connected the town of highlands to Whiteside Mountain through five miles of old-growth primeval forest. Today the Kelsey Trail winds through Canada hemlock and oak-dominated forest communities characteristic of the southern Appalachians


Distance = 0.5 mile

Easy to moderate walk

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Getting There

Map of the Original Kelsey Trail from 5th Street to Whiteside.

For more information about the Highlands Plateau Greenway,

please Contact us or write to P. O. Box 2608, Highlands, NC 28741.

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