Due to erosion, Whiteside Mountain now boasts the highest vertical cliffs in the eastern United States—about 1,800 feet. I brought 6 teenage girls and the length was perfect. Beautiful hike! There is a steep section but if you hike the trail clockwise it's a gradual ascent then a steep decline at the end. Moderately strenuous 2 mile, 1-hour hike taking you from ~4100 to 4900 feet. Description. 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. Based on Redfin's Hendersonville data, we estimate the home's value is $388,425. 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. The ground was extremely icey and kind of dangerous. The overlook, which is not marked, will be on the left. Good short trail but couldn'tdo the loop. Can’t wait to go back on a sunny day! I wouldn't want to drive all the way here, then can't hike because of no parking. The next time I do this trail. Thank goodness I had my stick with me.. Beautiful icicles and snow sloped hills.. with a nice platform to view at the top. Virtual Tour of Whiteside Mountain. Enjoy some of the best views in the Nantahala National Forest on Whiteside Mountain, then get lost (literally) along the way to … They enjoyed navigating the snow and ice. The two-mile loop trail climbs above sheer cliffs and offers outstanding views. I agree with the other comments below - start the loop on the left hand side. Er führt durch schönen Wald, vorbei a This peak, The trail begins a nearly unrelenting hike to the mountain’s summit, following a wide gravel roadbed, reaching a trail intersection at.1 mile. Incredible views, yes. Not easy but not difficult either. :). Giving it a 4-star bc I wasn't able to do the whole loop due to the ice. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Many nice rocky places to stop for great views. This 3,064 square foot house sits on a 1.43 acre lot and features 2 bathrooms. Tourist hiker here... this is a great trail with excellent views BUT if the trail has snow and icy, go left as others suggest, go see the views and then go back down the way you came up. It has some of the highest sheer cliffs east of the Mississippi, at 1,000 feet. Spectacle views once to the top. It's located between Cashiers and Highlands, North Carolina, on US Highway 64. Beautiful views and frozen 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 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. Of Travel and Tourism, 301 N. Wilmington Street , Raleigh, NC, 27601, Phone: 919-733-4171. This excellent loop, designated a National Recreation Trail, climbs to the top of Whiteside Mountain, with its spectacular 700′ high cliff walls lofting the hiker for amazing views. This is the version of our website addressed to speakers of English in the United States. Whiteside Mountain Trail is a must-do when in Highlands/Cashiers. This magnificent rock is about 390 to 460 million years old. Great! There is at least one ten pitch climb of over 750 feet on the mountain. After some discussions with other hikers apparently it’s much easier to go the opposite way up - to the left (clockwise). We were at the trailhead by 6:40am and had plenary of time to It is just 1 mile off Highway 64 on Whiteside Mountain Road. Took my best friend and dog with me, it was kind of slippery from snow and ice so be careful for the time being. 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. The hike is nearly 2 miles long and will take you to beautiful wildflowers along the way. No snow, then keep going! You can't park on the street as it's a neighborhood. Excellent panoramic views. along the eastern Continental Divide, which offers spectacular views from a high ridge top, 2,100' above the valley floor. 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. Whiteside Mountain Trail With sheer, vertical cliffs that tower above the valley below, this trail features one of the county’s most recognizable peaks. A National Recreation Trail, this loop climbs an old roadbed and travels along the brink of some of the East's most spectacular cliffs. Also, there is parking, but the later in the day you go, the less parking spot you'll find. Satulah Mountain Summit: The trail is a short hike down an old road bed to the summit, which is 4543 ft. Whiteside Mountain: 2 miles (round trip). Waterfalls 4 year old and 6 year old did it. Gets very muddy after rain. has the highest sheer cliffs in the Eastern US. Whiteside Mountain located between Highlands and Cashiers, NC, is a very popular short hike. parking area. Please choose a different date. Whiteside Mountain National Recreation Trail ist ein 1.9 Meilen langer, stark besuchter Rundweg in der Nähe von Highlands, North Carolina. Let the world see your experience through your eyes. get to the top to see the sun come up. Hike Along The Tallest Cliffs In North Carolina On The Whiteside Mountain National Recreation Trail. Recommend going clockwise to be going down the steepest part. 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. Trail Head: Whiteside Mt. The Whiteside Trail is located on the slopes of Lookout Mountain in the Chattanooga Unit of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. Great hike to some great views, but take the left path! Whiteside Mountain. 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. Whiteside Mountain is one of the most spectacular peaks not just in the Southern Appalachians, but on the entire east coast. Put on some good hiking shoes, it is long and gets steep but well worth it, If you want to see the sunrise in the Western North Carolina mountains this is a great place to do it. Various side trails circumvent the fences so be careful if you choose to approach the edge on any of the side trails. Arrive early (during summer months). It was nice at certain points though. I can't say enough good things about Whiteside Mountain. Hikes That Use This Trail: Whiteside Mountain. Once on the trail, we went the shorter more strenuous, rooty and rocky route - to the right (counterclockwise). Hiked this on Dec 29. Must wear snow boots! The sound of the wind at the top sounded like a freight train. It's a two-mile, family/pet-friendly loop. Whiteside Mountain: the hike The adventure begins at a trailhead northeast of downtown Highlands (view maps and driving directions), hiking eastbound. Distance Aprox. There was snow and ice on the ground (proceed with caution) but the hike was definitely worth it. Parking fills up quickly. Whiteside Mountain National Recreation Trail is a pet-friendly hike in Nantahala National Forest. Great hike with amazing views. Ice, water, dry oak leaves or a whole lot of other things can lead to a quick, certain, and spectacular death. I recommend going left up the gravel path because it allows a build up in regards to the views... you'll get the biggest and best views last if you go left when given… Dogs are welcome on the trail, as long as they are cleaned up after and remain on a leash. You don’t want to miss this breathtaking view! Beautiful blue sky and amazing views. The adventure begins at the Whiteside Mountain trailhead near Highlands, NC (view maps and driving directions). Beautiful, Whiteside Mountain National Recreation Trail. It was very slippery so walk on the fresh snow instead. Take a camera, as the cliff-top views are lined with beautiful mountain laurel which blooms in mid-june. Proceed 1.1 miles on Whiteside Mountain Road to parking area on left I love this hike. 211 Whiteside Mountain Trl was built in 2002. We were at the trailhead by 6:40am and had plenary of time to. The outside shower and toilet have some pretty spectacular views! Very easy and def recommend starting from the left and going clockwise. It wasn’t until 1883 that Highlands semi-civilized Whiteside Mountain by building a road to it from Fifth Street. It takes a bit of work if you don't have a 4x4 but you can def make it without. If you feel like climbing straight up a mountain for a half hour, then heading straight back down, the Whiteside Trail is for you. Great trail! Nice woods, rock formations. Wonderful views even while it was foggy, will be back! A little icy in spots on the way down.. Our dog loved it too. Along your journey to the top, you can spot a variety of wildflowers-including false Solomons seal, white snakeroot, dwarf dandelion, speckled wood-lily and wood betony. I work out every day, and I was winded. The road to Whiteside Mountain is located on Highway 64 4.6 miles west of Cashiers and 5.5 miles east of Highlands at the Jackson/Macon county line. Whiteside Mountain Trail is a must-do when in Highlands/Cashiers. Ask fellow travelers and attraction managers your top questions. The 750 feet tall cliffs are the highest shear cliffs in the eastern United States. This is a fee area, and there’s a restroom located in the parking area. Go one mile to a well-marked parking area on the left. The left path is an easier ascent, whereas the right path is steep with lots of step ups. Great views. 211 Whiteside Mountain Trl is a house in Hendersonville, NC 28792. A national recreation trail, making a 2-mile loop, winds to the 4,930-foot summit. We brought our 4 month old puppy who do great. The views at the top along the ridge are spectacular. Hiking counterclockwise climbs the steep part first. Whiteside Mountain The trail takes you on a hike to 4,940 ft. elev. Turn right at the sign onto Whiteside Mountain Road. It's a loop trail, so you can start from the left path or the right path. 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. Over in Jackson County between Cashiers and the Georgia border is an enormous mountain named for the towering white cliffs seen for miles and miles on its facade. 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. Some Ice sheets. Whiteside Mountain Trail. Another great hike! Went after 3pm, there were a few people there and some with small children. Go left on the trail where it splits for an easier ascent. Whiteside Mountain Hike A landmark in the Nantahala National Forest, Whiteside Mountain rises to an elevation of 4,930 feet. It was cloudy so we had zero view but it was still beautiful. The trail on the right with the rock steps is the steeper ascent. Great views and well worth the effort. Good hike. Just west of the Jackson/Macon County line, turn onto Whiteside Mountain Road (SR# 1690), a large brown state … Whiteside Mountain Trail is rated more difficult because of its steepness. Hotels with Complimentary Breakfast in Highlands, Hotels near Highlands Biological Station, Nature Center and Botanical Gardens, Hotels near Cliffside Lake Recreation Area. Worked well since I’d rather climb up icy steps than climb down. Some big/awkward steps and rocks to maneuver around so not good for anyone who might have difficulty with that. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. (We did) Once at the top, your rewarded with 360 degree views of the valley below. 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. Whiteside Mountain is simply breathtaking, there is no way around it. Once on the trail, we went the shorter more strenuous, rooty and rocky route - to the right (counterclockwise). Be sure to take headlamps or flashlights. Loved this trail!! Icy, yes. $3 per vehicle and an additional $1 per person. 2 mile hike through some of God's most beautiful creations. Whiteside Mountain Map & Location. Lovely views along the way, make sure to read about the rescue at Fools Rock. Whiteside Mountain is absolutely breathtaking! Hiked clockwise as suggested and it was easier on the up hike than down. A landmark along the Eastern Continental Divide, Whiteside Mountain rises to an elevation of 4,930 feet. This is a self service fee location. Did not expect for it to be snowing but that is what we hiked through. more. Whiteside Mt. Take a camera, as the cliff-top views are lined with beautiful mountain laurel which blooms in mid-June. To access the hiking trail, enter the Wildcat Cliffs Country Club development via Whiteside Mountain Road. Whiteside Mountain National Recreation Trail is a 3.1 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Highlands, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The parking lot for the Whiteside Mountain loop trail is located at 170 Deville Drive in Highlands North Carolina. Whiteside Mountain Trail is rated "more difficult" because of its steepness. We did clockwise this trip and came down the steeper side. The awesome rock faces of Whiteside Mountain are accessible from a beautiful 1.1 mile loop trail which takes the hiker across the tops of Whiteside Cliffs. This trail is suitable for all hiking levels, but can be tricky when it's icy. It's a two-mile, family/pet-friendly loop. Hiked in the snow yesterday. Geologists estimate the mountain to be more than four hundred million years old. Going left is easier than right when there is snow and ice. If you reach the sign for the entrance to the Whiteside Mountain Trail, you have gone too far. 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