Fire Mountain is located in the middle of “Highlands Outdoor Playground”. We are surrounded by the best of Highlands’ outdoor experiences. Highlands Canopy Tours, a soaring zip line experience, is one minute from our entrance on scenic NC 106. Sky Valley Resort Championship Golf Course is three minutes from our entrance. The famous Bartram Trail is just a few miles to the west of us. The Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center is on your way into the village of Highlands just a few miles down the scenic highway from our entrance providing ice skating, snow tubing in the winter and trout fishing in the summers for all ages with the Downhill Grill that overlooks everything so that the parents can hang while the kids play. Jogging and mountain biking here at Fire Mountain on our hundreds of acres that connect to other jogging and mountain biking areas and directly into the Nantahala National Forest. There are many waterfalls to explore on Fire Mountain and in the immediate area. Click here to explore our Leisure Pursuits Guide.
Fire Mountain offers a variety of trails and hikes to wondrous places, and all types of mountain terrain. Each trail may be experienced individually or combine one or more of the trails and discover the enchanting nature Fire Mountain has to offer. Each trail head is marked by a large stone and a smaller white stone:
Happy Hill Loop Trail – Enjoy a gentle, half mile walk around the hospitality part of the Fire Mountain property. All of the trails at Fire Mountain can be access from this loop trail. 0.5 miles
Take Moss Rock Trail and walk deep into the lush Fire Mountain Forest in the footsteps of the Cherokee. 0.3 miles
Climb high to the top of Happy Hill and look over rolling mountains into the Land of the Red Thunders. From this vista you can see the highest peaks in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 0.1 miles
Meander the Woodlands Trail along the babbling brooks and the many natural springs (15 to be exact) that create the Fire Mountain pond and our waterfalls. 0.2 miles
Go quietly down to The Waterfalls and listen to the ancient voices of rushing waters that tell the story of these mountains, rich with myth and mystery. 0.7 miles one way
During your stay at Fire Mountain you may choose from a vast and wonderful array of leisure activities in the area. The surrounding villages of the Highlands offer much in the way of varied and exceptional cuisine, unique antique and art galleries from primitive to contemporary, exciting events and many special attractions. Our entire area is one enormous resort area with more to do than you will have time to pursue and enjoy. Therefore it is important for you to think about what you would like to do and experience during your visit. Our staff is always ready to help guide you, direct you and map you into whatever you may desire to do while here in the Highlands. Take a few minutes and discover some of the options available to you for many enjoyable and exciting things to experience during your visit. Exploring our Leisure Pursuits PDF Guide may help you know what you desire to pursue while visiting Fire Mountain and the Highlands of Western North Carolina. Fire Mountain is located in the heart of one of America’s most beautiful and interesting getaway and vacation destinations.