Bull Pen Road

Categories: Scenic Drives, Fall Foliage - western North Carolina


  • Highlands, NC scenic drive of 8.3 miles gravel/paved road connecting Horsecove Road and N.C. Hwy 107
  • Multiple activities along this scenic and secluded road like:  Hiking, Camping, Fishing & Swimming
  • Access to the Wild & Scenic Chattooga River
  • Gateway to "Ellicott Rock Wilderness" where 'Commissioners Rock' and 'Ellicott Rock' can be found marking where the borders of North Carolina, Georgia and South Carolina all meet in the same location

The Local Scoop

If in Highlands, NC or Cashiers, NC, we strongly recommend Bull Pen Road to the outdoor enthusiast looking to get away from it all whether it be for half day, day, or overnight trip for Hiking, Camping, Fishing and more! Bull Pen Road's secluded environment offers a relaxing and peaceful excursion through the southern Nantahala National Forest.  Here are few recommended points of interest that have become some of our favorites along this route:

Whether you're an avid fisherman, hiker, camper or family looking to get away, the great thing about this area is that anyone can find seclusion and great outdoor activities.  All of this is located just outside of the quaint little towns of Highlands, NC and Cashiers, NC. 

The Local Directions

Bull Pen Road from Highlands, NC
From downtown Highlands, NC, take Main Street East out of town (past 'Mountain Fresh Grocery' on your right) to Horse Cove Road (Main Street turns into Horse Cove Road).  Travel 4.5 miles to a fork in the road.  To your left will be "Whiteside Cove Road" and to your right will be "Bull Pen Road."  Take the right and onto the gravel "Bull Pen Road."

Bull Pen Road from Cashiers, NC or Highway 107 up from SC
From the main intersection of U.S. Hwy 64 and N.C. Hwy 107 in Cashiers, N.C. head South on N.C. 107 towards S.C. Travel 7 miles to "Bull Pen Road" on your right (or left coming from SC as you near Cashiers).

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Highlands, NC: 
35.035065, -83.148694
Cashiers, NC: 
Moderate via Horsecove Road (Highlands)
Easy via NC Hwy 107 (Cashiers)
Nearest City
Macon County
Distance From
Highlands (via Horsecove Rd):  4.5 miles
Cashiers (via NC Hwy 107)7 miles