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Whiteside Mountain

Whiteside Mountain Rd, NC 28717
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Easy walk to the top of one of the oldest mountains in the world

Walking whiteside is a family and friends favorite. Easy walk up a wide trail, but there are quire... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Glenville, North Carolina
Hiking in NC

This was our first hike in Cashiers/Highlands. Moderate intensity. Rustic, peaceful, beautiful views

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Orlando, Florida
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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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Whiteside Mountain Rd, NC 28717
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This was our first hike in Cashiers/Highlands. Moderate intensity. Rustic, peaceful, beautiful views

Thank kas804
Reviewed 22 March 2017

I went on a cool crisp October morning before the sun broke. I had the mountain all to myself, I recommend if you do this make sure you have a good headlamp. Trail is well beaten and if you are brave enough you can venture...More

1  Thank GoproV 2
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

Keep your children close! There are very steep areas, the view is amazing , keep in mind the mud if you go when wet.

Thank jenys03
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Amazing hike and views. Trails were well defined and easy to navigate. Highly recommend visiting Whiteside Mountain. The resort Old Edwards Inn had a guided excursion to the trail and it was so nice having a tour guide to tell us about the history of...More

Thank kh4255
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

Took my wife and I maybe 1.5 hours to hike? It's a big loop, so we decided to hike the other direction once we finished just to get a little more exercise. Pretty reasonable hike for all ages. Took a sandwich for lunch and found...More

1  Thank p s
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

Great hike, stay to the left to start..it's an easier upward hike that way. Good vista views and lots of different scenery. Keep children under close watch.

Thank FloridaGals
Reviewed 1 March 2017

A wonderful hike and great views at the top. The hike is probably a "moderate" hike, with the first half being the most strenuous. We did the "more difficult" route to the top, climbing up the steps on the ascent, rather than taking the old...More

Thank Aunt23
Reviewed 18 January 2017

The trail leading up to the top is easy, a quick hike, and well maintained, but the top part is not recommended for those afraid of heights. The views sure are pretty though.

1  Thank Milo R
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Easy and accessible hiking trails, lots of places to sit down and have a hiker's lunch or snack. Beautiful vistas.

1  Thank Lisa T
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Hi, does anyone know of any campsites around this mountain? Thanks!
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.
Is hiking this mountain the week of Thanksgiving doable? I know weather is always a factor, but just wondering if anyone was able to get to this hike in the last couple of years during Thanksgiving? Our trip is planned during that week and we are hoping to get in some waterfall hikes as well too.
2 October 2016|
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Response from Ray W | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely if the weather cooperates. Have fun.
Joy B
Are there mountain bike trails as well?
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