Sorry, there are no tours or activities available to book online for the date(s) you selected. Very easy and def recommend starting from the left and going clockwise. I wouldn't want to drive all the way here, then can't hike because of no parking. Whiteside Mountain Trail. Be sure to take headlamps or flashlights. Of Travel and Tourism, 301 N. Wilmington Street , Raleigh, NC, 27601, Phone: 919-733-4171. One of our new favorite hiking spots! A National Recreation Trail, this loop climbs an old roadbed and travels along the brink of some of the East's most spectacular cliffs. I'd take the left path up, go across the top to see the different views, then either descend the hard way down, or retrace my steps and go back down the easier path. I’ve done it a couple times. Giving it a 4-star bc I wasn't able to do the whole loop due to the ice. Enjoy some of the best views in the Nantahala National Forest on Whiteside Mountain, then get lost (literally) along the way to … Whiteside Mountain Trail is a must-do when in Highlands/Cashiers. Whiteside Mountain located between Highlands and Cashiers, NC, is a very popular short hike. 211 Whiteside Mountain Trl is a house in Hendersonville, NC 28792. The sound of the wind at the top sounded like a freight train. The mountain's cliffs look like sheets of ice draped across the mountain. North Carolina Div. We did clockwise this trip and came down the steeper side. The adventure begins at the Whiteside Mountain trailhead near Highlands, NC (view maps and driving directions). It has some of the highest sheer cliffs east of the Mississippi, at 1,000 feet. 2 mile hike through some of God's most beautiful creations. Waterfalls 4 year old and 6 year old did it. A landmark along the Eastern Continental Divide, Whiteside Mountain rises to an elevation of 4,930 feet. There was snow and ice on the ground (proceed with caution) but the hike was definitely worth it. Various side trails circumvent the fences so be careful if you choose to approach the edge on any of the side trails. The two-mile loop trail climbs above sheer cliffs and offers outstanding views. Good hike. Thank goodness I had my stick with me.. Beautiful icicles and snow sloped hills.. with a nice platform to view at the top. There is a steep section but if you hike the trail clockwise it's a gradual ascent then a steep decline at the end. Hiking Whiteside Mountain is one of the most popular activities in the area, and the trail parking lot for the mountain is just seven miles northwest of the hotel.The two-mile hike is described as being easy to moderately difficult, but well worth the incredible sights available from multiple viewpoints at the top. Hiked this on Dec 29. Lookouts in multiple places,see for miles. Great hike with amazing views. has the highest sheer cliffs in the Eastern US. This is a fee area, and there’s a restroom located in the parking area. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. As stated in other comments, staying left (clockwise) is easier ascent to top. Whiteside Mountain is simply breathtaking, there is no way around it. I work out every day, and I was winded. Whiteside Mountain: 2 miles (round trip). Parking fills up quickly. The ground was extremely icey and kind of dangerous. We spent a lot of time sliding down on our butts coming back down. Whiteside Mountain National Recreation Trail ist ein 1.9 Meilen langer, stark besuchter Rundweg in der Nähe von Highlands, North Carolina. Proceed 1.1 miles on Whiteside Mountain Road to parking area on left Beautiful hike! Moderately strenuous 2 mile, 1-hour hike taking you from ~4100 to 4900 feet. more. We were at the trailhead by 6:40am and had plenary of time to. Whiteside Mountain National Recreation Trail is a 1.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Highlands, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail begins a nearly unrelenting hike to the mountain’s summit, following a wide gravel roadbed, reaching a trail intersection at.1 mile. Great trail! It is a beautiful hike with amazing views and worth the visit! Nestled in the Nantahala National Forest of North Carolina, for most of a half mile you get view after view, each better than the last. Hike Along The Tallest Cliffs In North Carolina On The Whiteside Mountain National Recreation Trail. To access the hiking trail, enter the Wildcat Cliffs Country Club development via Whiteside Mountain Road. Dogs are welcome on the trail, as long as they are cleaned up after and remain on a leash. It's a two-mile, family/pet-friendly loop. Either go UP the icy left portion of the trail or avoid it entirely by ascending and descending the switch-backy trail to the right hand of the loop. Hiked in the snow yesterday. Whiteside Mountain Hike A landmark in the Nantahala National Forest, Whiteside Mountain rises to an elevation of 4,930 feet. Whiteside Mountain: the hike The adventure begins at a trailhead northeast of downtown Highlands (view maps and driving directions), hiking eastbound. You can't park on the street as it's a neighborhood. The trail on the right with the rock steps is the steeper ascent. Another great hike! The hike follows a wide gravel roadbed eastbound, and turns right at.1 mile to follow the Whiteside Loop in a counter-clockwise direction, following blue trail blazes. The overlook will be on the right. Beautiful blue sky and amazing views. Whiteside Mountain Hike This excellent loop, designated a National Recreation Trail, climbs to the top of Whiteside Mountain, with its spectacular 700 ft high cliff walls lofting the hiker for amazing views. Some big/awkward steps and rocks to maneuver around so not good for anyone who might have difficulty with that. The sparkling white cliffs of Whiteside Mountain, in the Nantahala National Forest near Highlands, North Carolina, have long been a landmark along the eastern continental divide. It was nice at certain points though. Excellent panoramic views. Whiteside Mountain Trail is rated more difficult because of its steepness. Great views. This is a self service fee location. Spectacle views once to the top. Due to erosion, Whiteside Mountain now boasts the highest vertical cliffs in the eastern United States—about 1,800 feet. I agree with the other comments below - start the loop on the left hand side. Good short trail but couldn'tdo the loop. Can’t wait to go back on a sunny day! Once on the trail, we went the shorter more strenuous, rooty and rocky route - to the right (counterclockwise). This is the version of our website addressed to speakers of English in the United States. We were at the trailhead by 6:40am and had plenary of time to :). The Whiteside Mountain Loop is a short, but excellent trail that climbs up the back of the mountain, revealing sweeping vistas over its steep 700-foot cliffs. (We did) Once at the top, your rewarded with 360 degree views of the valley below. Worked well since I’d rather climb up icy steps than climb down. Whiteside Mountain Trail is a must-do when in Highlands/Cashiers. Description. Navigate your way to insane views on the precipice of Devil's Courthouse on this mile side trail to the popular Whiteside Mountain loop trail. We hiked 5 kids age 5-10 and 4 adults. Last time I went it was very packed with people, but normally you have good separation and distance from people. The outside shower and toilet have some pretty spectacular views! Icy, yes. Loved this trail!! If you are a resident of another country or region, please select the appropriate version of Tripadvisor for your country or region in the drop-down menu. Whether you come from the East or West, the turn-off for Whiteside Moutain Road is about 6 miles from either Highlands to the West, or Cashiers to the East. Going left is easier than right when there is snow and ice. From Highlands - Travel east on Highway 64 for just over 5 miles, shortly past the sign to the Whiteside Mountain Trail and just over the Jackson County line. $3 per vehicle and an additional $1 per person. This hike is one of the best mountain hikes in this part of North Carolina. This 3,064 square foot house sits on a 1.43 acre lot and features 2 bathrooms. 1/2 mile one way. Beautiful, Whiteside Mountain National Recreation Trail. 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