Whiteside Mountain National Recreation Trail

MODERATE 141 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, 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
557 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Nice loop trail with great view.

hiking
1 day ago

hiking
8 days ago

I have done this hike numerous times and enjoy it very much! You need to pay to park so bring some cash. We do the trek clockwise. Stay to the left for a fairly steep incline going up on a gravel path then stunning views as you trek along the top of the mountain. I'm in my 50's and in decent shape but definitely gets my heart rate up! Lots of steps and some tricky descents on the way down but my trusty hiking stick comes in handy to stabilize. The entire hike takes about 1 1/4 hour unless you linger at the top. I always take water and am amazed how many people don't!

hiking
11 days ago

12 days ago

Beautiful Walk in the Clouds at the top of Whiteside Mountain.

16 days ago

A great day hike for anyone looking for a spectacular view across the Nantahala Forest. If you're willing to work and watch your step, several off-shooting trails will lead out to a rock face and near 360 degree views. Just be careful, there are no railings out there.

hiking
17 days ago

Fun, fast and well marked - maintained trail. Muddy yesterday from the rains in the region but the views are great from the peak.

18 days ago

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20 days ago

20 days ago

Wide and gradual to the top, then steeper and much shorter on the way down. Saw many families of all ages. Tremendous views!

hiking
23 days ago

28 days ago

Excellent trail with many viewing points. Go counter clockwise if you want a gradual climb (less views on the way up) and enjoy the views at the top and on your way down. Steeper steps coming down.

29 days ago

hiking
29 days ago

Loved this trail. Climbed with two little ones - 5 & 2 - and though the little one had to be carried during the steeper parts they did great! Gorgeous views and not too crowded. We were there in November.

hiking
29 days ago

30 days ago

Lots of spots to enjoy the view

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