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Whiteside Mountain

Whiteside Mountain Rd, NC 28717
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Great simple hike!

Whiteside is a hike we do each year when visiting Highlands NC. It is a little over an hour and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
BlondeSeminole
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Tallahassee, Florida
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Tough hike, but worth it!

This is a moderately strenuous hike up the mountain. Good parking ($2 fee) and restrooms at the... read more

Reviewed 22 June 2018
lovelongboatkey
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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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  • Terrible0%
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“great hike” (48 reviews)
“the loop” (32 reviews)
“moderate hike” (24 reviews)
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Whiteside Mountain Rd, NC 28717
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Whiteside is a hike we do each year when visiting Highlands NC. It is a little over an hour and close by. There are usually other hikers all enjoying the trail but the best part is all the dogs! Bring your dog (don't forget your...More

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Reviewed 22 June 2018 via mobile

This is a moderately strenuous hike up the mountain. Good parking ($2 fee) and restrooms at the base. However, these were pretty grim. Didn’t look like they’d been cleaned for a good while! We took our dog Alfie! He was pooped when we made it...More

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Reviewed 20 January 2018

We worked off a little New Years cooking with a day hike up Whiteside Mountain and Devil's Courthouse. The views from Whiteside are amazing; but Devil's Courthouse is even better. The trail to Devil's is a little tricky and there are some sheer cliff drops,...More

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Reviewed 10 December 2017

We hiked here before our Thanksgiving meal and the roughly 2.5-mile trail is well marked The best thing about hiking in late November was that most of the leaves had fallen so we had spectacular views of the surrounding area. Halfway between Highlands and Cashiers,...More

1  Thank Rebecca L
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Reviewed 30 November 2017 via mobile

This 2 mile loop trail has beautiful long range views at the top and along the crest of Whiteside Mt. Take off from the parking lot (rustic restrooms) and stay left on the old gravel road for an easier ascent. It’s.8 mile to the top,...More

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Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

The morning I hiked Whiteside the clouds were socked in at the summit which limited the experience somewhat, but in no way ruined the morning. The fall colors were popping, and the fog and clouds made for a spooky October ambiance. This was a fun...More

2  Thank Gary A
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Reviewed 31 October 2017

There is a $2.00 fee to park here but so worth it. It is a loop and it is suggested the loop to the left is easier so we took that. It was a gravel path ascending the entire way. It opens into a lovely...More

1  Thank havefunaway
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Reviewed 23 October 2017

This is located on the highway between Highland and Cashiers. The views are breathtaking and well worth the hike. We usually take the winding path to the left when we hike up the mountain. The path that starts at the right has A LOT of...More

1  Thank Moiaussie
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Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

We have hiked this many times but 10 years or so ago. 20-30 lbs heavier this time so it was a stop and go event heading up the 5000 ft elevation. The entire hike took us about 2 hours. At the summit is always such...More

1  Thank wjeffa10
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Reviewed 18 October 2017

We went up to Cashiers/Highlands area for the kids fall break and I highly recommend dragging whatever teenager and middle schooler you have to Whiteside Mountain for a hike. I can't think of a better place to commune with nature while watching your children enjoy...More

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CammyJo
5 February 2017|
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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.
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julies912016
3 October 2016|
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Response from Ray W | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely if the weather cooperates. Have fun.
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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
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