High Point trail lives up to its name—quite literally. Situated as the highest point in the Jack Rabbit Trail System, this track offers not only a significant climb but also an unparalleled view of Lake Chatuge and the surrounding mountains. If a blend of aerobic and technical challenge is what you seek, High Point stands tall among its peers.
Once past the loop running clockwise from the lake side, a steep climb rewards with panoramic vistas of Lake Chatuge. The descent that follows requires optimal brake hand conditioning. The way down is every bit as exhilarating as the climb, promising a ride that's sure to leave a lasting impression.
From the MacDonald's/Huddle House traffic light in downtown Hiawassee (US 64 west), move towards Hayesville. Turn left at the sign for Jack Rabbit Campground (US Forest Service), crossing over into North Carolina. As the lake comes into view, the trailhead appears on the left before the curve, marked by a sign reading "Jack Rabbit Mountain Bike and Hiking trails." Parking is available in a grassy field adjacent to the trailhead.
Riders unanimously hail High Point as the most challenging segment within the Jack Rabbit Trails. Although it clocks in at just 0.7 miles, it offers a technical and aerobic experience distinct from the rest of the loops. Some even wish it were longer, citing the trail's unique blend of rock gardens, skill features, and steep climbs as a compelling reason for extending the distance.
High Point may be brief in distance but is grand in experience and vistas. It offers a delightful medley of aerobic demands and technical intricacies that make it a must-ride for those craving a challenge. Though the builders were restricted by space, this trail packs a punch in its short span and leaves riders dreaming of what could be if only it were longer.