A small, unincorporated community between Highlands, North Carolina and Dillard, Georgia, Scaly Mountain offers recreational activities for all seasons. Located approximately 3,800 feet above sea level in Macon County, the area offers an easy, two-hour drive for metro Atlanta residents seeking to escape to this playground paradise.
With an average annual snowfall of 38 inches, a winter wonderland is assured by snowmaking at the Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center, which offers snow tubing and ice skating. In warmer months, the center features turf tubing, gem mining, and trout fishing. Another popular attraction is the Highlands Aerial Park, which features a spectacular zip line course with long-range views of Nantahala National Forest's mile-high peaks. (The area formerly offered skiing; Ski Scaly closed in 2004.)
And don’t forget the hiking. Bartram Trail ascends to the summit of Scaly Mountain for expansive views. Innovative pioneers settled the area, finding the verdant valley floor made the perfect grazing area for their herds. Once the domain of Cherokee Indians, Scaly Mountain trails may contain ancient pictograms. If you look hard enough, you just may find one on the paths once worn by quiet moccasins.
Scaly Mountain offers a variety of homes and mountain lifestyles as you enjoy all it has to offer.