Whiteside Mountain National Recreation Trail

MODERATE 178 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.

wonderful hike, kid friendly, beautiful views!

5 days ago

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10 days ago

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

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11 days ago

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17 days ago

Great trip. Views are amazing.

23 days ago

easy loop for amazing cliffside views

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26 days 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.

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29 days 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.

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29 days ago

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

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

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1 month ago