Chattooga and Whiteside Cove Trail Loop

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Nantahala National Forest

Chattooga and Whiteside Cove Trail Loop is a 7.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cashiers, North Carolina that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until September.

Distance: 7.2 miles Elevation Gain: 1,017 feet Route Type: Loop

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wildlife

Whiteside Cove Trailhead

hiking
3 months ago

this trail was absolutely beautiful. Muddy and some spots and I did run into someone that worked for the forestry service and he was cleaning the trail which I told him he was doing a great job and we appreciated all their work. definitely going to do this trail again loved the iron bridge.

running
over grown
6 months ago

This trail was really nice. The directions need to be expanded upon! At .7 miles the trail has a hard to see fork (especially when you’re short and you keep your head down!). The signs are high up on a tree. Stay left toward the Iron Bridge. At around mile 3 another fork will appear. Stay right onto the County Line Trail. This trail will lead back to Whiteside Cove Rd. As mentioned in other posts, you will be on road for the remaining 2-3 miles of the loop. The trail is a walk/run. We headed out for a trail run, but the trail can be very technical and in fall extremely thick with fallen leaves making it difficult to foot strike. Beautiful views of the river though and nice bridges along with some good areas for swimming if you are so inclined!

hiking
8 months ago

One of my favorite hikes so far. Like others have said the last three miles are back on the road. Not a busy road at all though and some really nice views so not so bad. Part of this trail is very narrow (4-6 inches) and on the side of the mountain. Grown over a bit but manageable. Not so bad, just be aware of footing and take your time. Once you get down to the river it’s really beautiful. Lots of places to swim. Also the trail isn’t marked very good. It splits several times and nothing is said about which way to go. At first split stay to the left where the sign say “iron bridge”. At the second split stay to the right (the littler trail of the two, big trail just goes to river and dead ends) and the third split stay to the right which is the bigger of the two trails that takes you to the road.

Wed Jan 02 2019

Loop route takes back on the road the last 3 miles. Rest of Trail is great. Parts of Trail need some clean up.

Sat Feb 17 2018

Definitely worth it and so beautiful.

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

running
Sun Mar 03 2019

hiking
Thu Dec 06 2018

hiking
Sun Jul 08 2018

hiking
Mon Jul 04 2016