Whiteside Mountain National Recreation Trail

MODERATE 228 reviews
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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, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
511 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Nice loop trail with great view.

17 days ago

Great views fun hike

hiking
19 days ago

Great hike with a great view!

hiking
1 month ago

A fantastic hike. We took it really slow and enjoyed the views, stopped for some hot tea at the summit and had a wonderful time on the trail. It is an easy to moderate hike if you start the loop by going left when you reach the top of the stairs. A moderate hike if you go right. Watch out for ice if you go in cold weather. I slipped on a patch and took a little spill, but was no worse for the wear. The views are great. We saw a Peregrine falcon in flight and lots of beautiful ice on rocks. If you don't hike much and are on the fence about doing this one, you can hike in by taking the loop to the left, summit, and backtrack the way you came in...giving you a gentle slope all the way up and all the way down.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike. We did this with our 8 and 13 year old. They both enjoyed it!

hiking
2 months ago

this is a cool trail. great views at the top along the rock face. some 700ft drop? people were repelling off of. very crowded though. camping isnt allowed. lots of steps. a hammock might be nice at the top though.. huge birds flying at the top

3 months ago

Great winter hike!

3 months ago

Great, short hike with beautiful views!

hiking
3 months ago

my hike was in total fog. but will go again.

5 months ago

One of my favorite short hikes in the area for its vista views. Westside is fairly steep but a short distance. If you prefer an easy hike, take the left trail and hike in and out.

hiking
5 months ago

Very easy to medium hike only about an hour and fifteen minutes to do the whole loop. There are a ton of stopping points with GREAT views!

5 months ago

beautiful views on a easy to moderate. Great exercise.

hiking
6 months ago

This loop trial is one of my favorites. My wife and I ended here by chance as we were headed to another hiking trail (White Water Falls) when we saw the sign for Whiteside Mountain. It's an easy hike suitable for children. Stunning views with a gradual incline makes getting to the top of the trail relatively easy. You can see the Eastern Continental Divide from the top of this trail. Peregrine Falcons nest here. We only saw one flying above us. Very nice hike will definitely do it again!

hiking
6 months ago

Nice little loop with great views! Takes about 2 hours to complete.

PS: Lots of traffic on that day, when I arrived around 10:30am the parking lot was already full.

6 months ago

Amazing.

6 months ago

Amazing.

6 months ago

An awesome little loop with some fun climbing/descending.

6 months ago

This trail is a loop if you want it to be Moderate, or an out-and-back if you want it be Easier. If you decide the latter, be sure to see all the overlooks at the top. There are several. To catch them all, just keep going before you turn around to head back.

hiking
6 months ago

Trail has been cleared of downed trees from Irma.

7 months ago

wonderful hike, kid friendly, beautiful views!

hiking
7 months ago

Very nice moderate trail. We took the steep route to the right and the return was relaxing ! Beautiful views.

hiking
7 months ago

Great trip. Views are amazing.

7 months ago

easy loop for amazing cliffside views

hiking
7 months ago

We really enjoyed the views from this trail and there are quite a number of them. We went to the right, rather than the left that many reviewers suggest, and found that the steep climb was fairly short and allowed for a nice gradual descent at the end of the trail. I'm sure it's a nice hike either way. We went mid-morning on a Friday in the summer and expected more people than there were-not crowded at all.

hiking
7 months ago

From the parking area I suggest taking the old road to the left for a gradual ascent to the summit. Then hike along the cliff top and descend the steeper west end back to the parking area.

hiking
8 months ago

Awesome and beautiful. Keep your dogs leashed as the drop offs are steep.

hiking
8 months ago

8 months ago

Beautiful views from top of mountain. Didn't see any peregrine falcons

8 months ago

absolutely gorgeous...difficulty moderate..reward at top...priceless

9 months ago

Really enjoyed the hike because we did it this evening and had trail all to ourselves. But we've hiked it in past and other times it was very crowded.

9 months ago

We went on a moderately rainy day and happily missed the crowds.
Lovely. Great views just right for an afternoon walk!

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