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Address: Whiteside Mountain Rd, Highlands, NC 28717
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Expert rock climbers are attracted to Whiteside Mountain, which offers some...

Expert rock climbers are attracted to Whiteside Mountain, which offers some of the highest cliffs in the east, rising more than 2,100 feet to its summit at 4,930 feet.

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What beautiful views!

I had read about this hike and knew when we got there that we would take the gravel trail on the left up the mountain. Good choice! It was an easy hike. We stopped all along the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 July 2016
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Birmingham, Alabama
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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

I had read about this hike and knew when we got there that we would take the gravel trail on the left up the mountain. Good choice! It was an easy hike. We stopped all along the way taking in the beautiful views. It was a cloudy day and we got some sprinkling rain along the way, but the views... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

A good family experience. Must be able to walk up and down steps. Not for the handicapped. Get there early in the summer on weekends. Limited parking. Carry a water bottle. Restrooms in parking lot smell really bad.

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Thank Larry L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

Don't miss one of our best hikes with views. Take time for this walk. We have passed fit hikers in their 80s here. The incline is somewhat steep but the footing is very easy if you go up and back using the wide path to the left. Take time to stroll as far as you can along the high rim... More 

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Thank D M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

My wife and hiked this trail today. It is simply beautiful. The trails are very well marked and is about a 3 mile loop from the parking lot. I would recommend this trail

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

Worth the trip up the stairs rather than the scenic route to the right.. Hiked it twice in two days.. Views are amazing... !

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Highlands, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

We hiked Whiteside Mountain several years ago. The trails were good before, but have been greatly improved. Amazing overlooks. Easy access - about one mile off Hwy. 64 between Highlands and Cashiers, NC. Very nice parking area ($2 fee) at trailhead that can accomodate about 20 vehicles. It has a moderate 2 to 3 mile loop trail that is gradual,... More 

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Atlanta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

We hiked up the gravel trail which was not that exciting but the views were worth it and the rest of the hike definitely made up for it!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

great even on a busy day. took the dog (dogs are welcome). the "hard path" is strenuous but very doable.

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

Hiked Whiteside Mountain last year, but the views were not as great due to the fog and low clouds. This year was spectacular! The trail is well maintained and allows for several levels of hiking. You can make the loop which goes along the top of the cliffs, but there are sturdy guard fences in the areas close to the... More 

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Weston, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

We went early in the day, which I highly suggest to get parking and to enjoy without huge crowds. We chose to hike up using the less challenging path and go down the harder one. It was still a nice hike for all of us (2 adults, 2 11 yr old kids). Bring water and enjoy the views!

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