Whiteside Mountain National Recreation Trail

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Whiteside Mountain National Recreation Trail is a 1.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Highlands, NC that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.9 miles 544 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Nice loop trail with great view.

12 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike at any time of the year but especially in the fall. Beautiful views,

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great visitors hike. Be prepared that during the summer, on weekends, and holidays it may be very crowded. I've seen people in their 80's hiking it with canes, people with dogs, families with young children. Don't be misled, though. It is not easy. You will be hiking up a decent incline for about a mile, and then when you return you are going back down the hill. This hike is best done as a loop, and I highly recommend taking it counterclockwise. That way you will go up the more interesting and difficult way and then on the way back when you are ready to relax you can just coast down the fairly smooth gravel path. Don't try to get a picture at every overlook because there are so many. Just pick a couple and enjoy the amazing views.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved it! Find the path between the rocks. Gorgeous views. Easy hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Good hike with some amazing views, I'd definitely recommend the loop. Dog friendly, my GSD enjoyed the trip.

1 month ago

1 month ago

Great starter trail. Nice mix of a park type trail, however the return loop offers good challenge. The views are fantastic at the top!!

1 month ago

Incredible views from the top!!

hiking
2 months ago

I got in early before the sun came up, took the right side quite a nice workout especially in the dark. Very nice trail marked well. The views are definitely worth the hike up. One of the prettiest sunrises I have been able to see, it was a beautiful fall morning. Will be back when I am up this way. Highly recommend.

2 months ago

Breathtaking views all around the rim. The trail to the right of parking lot is much more steep and more of a workout - it's a great hike. If you like take the trail to left of parking lot , it's much easier of hike but no views unlike the trail to right.

backpacking
2 months ago

Great trail for a quick in and out view. Killer view where you can see SC and GA.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Very Peaceful hike! Not difficult at all, great views..brought my new canon rebel t5i camera there to try out and got some awesome shots! Deffently a place worth checking out!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful view and an easy trail. Saw lots of dogs and people repelling off the rock face. Multiple points for views of the whole valley

4 months ago

Go every year when I come to Highlands. Favorite hike. It changes every time. The sky and clouds are always new and beautiful for different pictures each time. DOGS ARE WELCOME:) also, make sure to bring some cash because parking costs money

hiking
4 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous!

4 months ago

Worth repeating! Lots of lookout spots for the brave.

4 months ago

There are soooo many places to look at the AMAZING views and take pictures! Make sure you bring a camera! Well worth it!

5 months ago

Great hike with my wife an 2 Old English Sheepdogs. Not sure I would take them again on July 3rd, but the were troopers. Incredible views!!! Loved seeing the Falcons soar...breath-taking. Can't wait to do it again without the pups.