LENGTH AND DIFFICULTY: 0.08 miles one way, moderate, USGS Quad-Highlands
A popular bouldering area, Granite City is a tumbled mass of giant boulders. Narrow rock “streets” lead to unexpected caves and ledges. An interesting place to explore, Granite City may not be suitable for all ages. Bouldering, like all rock climbing, is inherently risky. Unfortunately, Granite City (like many of our other most scenic areas) attracts litterbugs as well as happy hikers.
From Highlands go east on Main Street, becomes Horse Cove Road, for 4.5 miles to its intersection with Whiteside Cove and Bull Pen Roads. Take the left fork (Whiteside Cove Road the right fork leads to the Iron Bridge over the Chattooga River). The Granite City trailhead is located 1.3 miles down Whiteside Cove Road on the left where the roadbed peaks. Look for a cleared area on the left with a ditch and a narrow place to park. Hike straight up the hill till you come to a small gorge. A bit of exploring to the left will lead you to the city. Warning, this area attracts snakes that enjoy basking on rocks in the warm sun. It would be a good idea to wear rugged clothing here.
From Cashiers: take 107 south 1.7 miles to Whiteside Cove Rd. Turn right on to Whiteside Cove Road, then go 6.6 miles to trailhead, there is a small pull off on the right. The pavement ends before reaching the trailhead and the road peaks slightly at the trailhead..