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.
dogs on leash
Nice loop trail with great view.
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!!
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.
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.
Great trail for a quick in and out view. Killer view where you can see SC and GA.
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!
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
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
Worth repeating! Lots of lookout spots for the brave.
There are soooo many places to look at the AMAZING views and take pictures! Make sure you bring a camera! Well worth it!
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.
Got to see Perigrine Falcons in flight at the top!!! The trail to the right at the entrance is more rugged with some steps built in. The trail to the left is gravel and gradual grade all the way up. Awesome views off the cliff at the top. The trail is very well maintained. There is a fee of $2.00 self pay at the trailhead.
Loved the hidden trails at the top that led to many different cliffs with great views. We made a day trip of it and took the gravel path up and the rocky path down. Would like to go back and go to the left on the hidden paths instead of the right. We took our German Shepard and he absolutely loved it. He even enjoyed sitting on edge of cliffs with us. Awesome views!
Wonderful, easy hike, beautiful views