|From Highlands go east about 3 miles on Highway 64 towards Cashiers. Turn left on Buck Creek Road, go just over 2 miles. Parking is on the left and the trailhead is on the right. There is good signage. This hike is almost 10 miles round trip and is fairly strenuous with approximately 2,000 foot of elevation gain.
This long hike which goes up Cole Mountain, Shortoff Mountain, aroung Goat Mountain and up Yellow Mountain is definitely worth the trip. The views from the old fire tower at the summit are spectacular. The trail is well marked, but bring plenty of water and wear sturdy shoes.