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 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.
dogs on leash
Nice loop trail with great view.
Views are great. Went early after a cold night and there were icicles everywhere, really pretty. Parking is limited.
Beautiful hike at any time of the year but especially in the fall. Beautiful views,
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.
Loved it! Find the path between the rocks. Gorgeous views. Easy hike.
Good hike with some amazing views, I'd definitely recommend the loop. Dog friendly, my GSD enjoyed the trip.
Great starter trail. Nice mix of a park type trail, however the return loop offers good challenge. The views are fantastic at the top!!
Incredible views from the top!!