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Whiteside Mountain

Whiteside Mountain Rd, NC 28717
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stunning views..doable hike

I love to exercise but I hate to hike. Doesn't make sense, right? So, I have to get to the scenic... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bert W
Atlanta, Georgia
Great Hike But Can Be Tough For Small Children

This is a fee area but only $2.00 per vehicle. There is a very good walkway out to the cliff face... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Norfolk, Virginia
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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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  • Very good16%
  • Average1%
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“great hike” (47 reviews)
“the loop” (29 reviews)
“moderate hike” (23 reviews)
Whiteside Mountain Rd, NC 28717
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I love to exercise but I hate to hike. Doesn't make sense, right? So, I have to get to the scenic part of a hike quickly. And this place accommodated me. The hike is pretty simple. Once you get to the top you're surrounded by...More

Thank Bert W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a fee area but only $2.00 per vehicle. There is a very good walkway out to the cliff face but if you make the entire circuit hike, be prepared with drinking water. You will hike over rock and up an down small rises....More

Thank rockdoctor48
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

Okay, we just turned 60 but we work out 5 times a week, and we still had to stop periodically as the trail climbed up the mountain. For me, it was a challenge and I'm very glad I did it. The views from the top...More

Thank formerexpatCT
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

$2, gets you the majestic views this mountain provides! Best $2, a family of four can spend! Parking was kind of a hassle, especially later on a weekend. It's best to come early to avoid the crowd. The hike was well worth it! My 2...More

Thank Lou ONeil G
Reviewed 7 August 2017

Great hike but get there early if you go on the weekend during the good weather season. We went mid morning on a Sunday in June and the parking lot was closed and the rangers were turning people away. We went into Highlands to have...More

Thank chiefbb
Reviewed 18 July 2017

We stumbled on this area while taking a drive through the Highlands. So GLAD WE DID! There's a little $2.00 fee to park. The 2mile loop trail takes you to the most spectacular views. We did the whole loop and, unless you're in GREAT shape,...More

Thank sconte
Reviewed 5 July 2017

Took about an hour uphill the entire way up the mountain so it was a great workout but not strenuous. Saw a ton of young kids walking it so it's definitely doable. View at the top was amazing and the walk down was a nice...More

1  Thank Artcali
Reviewed 27 June 2017

There is a car park at the bottom of the walk, which starts with a few steps and is a steady climb the the top and great views over the surrounding countryside.

Thank scothernite
Reviewed 22 June 2017

This moderate loop hike is well worth the efforts. We went in June but I'm sure the fall is beautiful but much more crowded. We had trail to ourselves for the most part. The walk up is fairly easy and about half of the lower...More

Thank Rod L
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Walking whiteside is a family and friends favorite. Easy walk up a wide trail, but there are quire a few rocks of varying size. There are two trails, the second one splits at the beginning of the stairs. It is a bit of a challenge,...More

Thank _kirtskathie
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5 February 2017|
Response from Thomas D | Reviewed this property |
The best spots near Whiteside are both approximately 3-4 miles west of Highlands off Highway 64 west, to wit: Cliffside Recreation Area and Van Hook Glade. Both have nice campsites with views of Cliffside Lake.
3 October 2016|
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Response from Ray W | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely if the weather cooperates. Have fun.
Joy B
23 December 2015|
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Response from GemDandies | Reviewed this property |
We have only been on, and seen hiking trails, but there are biking trails listed for: Blue Valley and Yellow Mountain trails near Highlands. Panthertown Loop, in Glenville, (about 15 miles from Highlands), is also listed... More