Scaly Mountain via Osage Overlook Nantahala National Forest, NC
miles
LENGTH 3.6 MILES
DIFFICULTY 8.1 Easy
Medium
DURATION 2-3 hours
ELEVATION GAIN
1130
feet
TRAIL TYPE
There And
Back Again
Scaly Mountain via Osage Overlook

Hike to the summit of Scaly Mountain in North Carolina's Nantahala National Forest and enjoy expansive views from this short but steep trail. Hiking the Bartram Trail for the entire way, this is the less popular route to Scaly Mountain and as such you'll enjoy solitude at least for the first half of the trip.

Park at small parking area at Osage Overlook along NC 106/Dillard Road. The yellow-blazed Bartram Trail heads south through the gap in the fence but we'll be travelling on it northbound, up the wooden steps across the road.

The trail begins quite steep, with several sections of steep rock steps. The path is mostly maintained but a few sections are a little overgrown. At .7 miles the trail splits. Stay to the right with the yellow blazes. At 1 mile in, a short side trail on the right leads to a nice view. From here, the trail gets a bit rockier with several slick sections if wet. A quarter mile later, turn left, following the sign for Scaly Mountain, staying on the Bartram Trail.

The trail gets a littler easier from here. You'll come to an open rock area with a nice view, but continue on another tenth of a mile to a more expansive view near the summit of Scaly Mountain on a short side trail to the left. You should easily see it. With views to the southwest, you can see Rabun Bald, the second highest mountain in Georgia, to the left.

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length3.6 miles
difficulty8.1 Easy-Medium
duration2 - 3 hours
features Dog Friendly  Summit  Views 
trail typeThere And Back Again
blazeYellow
elevation gain1130 ft.
park/forestNantahala National Forest
ranger districtNantahala Ranger District
90 Sloan Road
Franklin, NC 28734
828-524-6441
parking feeNone
trailhead coordinates 35.028927, -83.282065 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 35°1.74, W 83°16.92 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 35°1'44'', N 35°1'44'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
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35.028927, -83.282065 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 35°1.74, W 83°16.92 most GPS units use this one
N 35°1'44'', N 35°1'44'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
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The trail begins up the wooden stairs that are across NC 106/Dillard Road from the overlook parking area.
Notes
The bare rock sections can be very slick when wet so take your time.
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hikethesouth-5 months ago
Good Tough Climb to Great View
This is a good hike, especially if you want some solitude. There's an easier path to Scaly Mountain so most people don't take this route. Don't miss the side trail to a view on the way up!
Easy-Medium | Hiked Summer 2018
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