Whiteside Mountain National Recreation Trail

MODERATE 115 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.

1.9 miles 557 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Nice loop trail with great view.

8 days ago

Awesome views

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Nice Mountain near Cashiers NC, hiked Rabun bald and the next day White side > Devils courthouse

Lovely crisp Sunday in February. Not many people. Great views at the top

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2 months ago

Amazing hike with incredible views. Moderately hard, but you can take the loop backwards to make an easier trip up.

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2 months ago

Views are great. Went early after a cold night and there were icicles everywhere, really pretty. Parking is limited.

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4 months ago

Beautiful hike at any time of the year but especially in the fall. Beautiful views,

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4 months ago

This is a great visitors hike. Be prepared that during the summer, on weekends, and holidays it may be very crowded. I've seen people in their 80's hiking it with canes, people with dogs, families with young children. Don't be misled, though. It is not easy. You will be hiking up a decent incline for about a mile, and then when you return you are going back down the hill. This hike is best done as a loop, and I highly recommend taking it counterclockwise. That way you will go up the more interesting and difficult way and then on the way back when you are ready to relax you can just coast down the fairly smooth gravel path. Don't try to get a picture at every overlook because there are so many. Just pick a couple and enjoy the amazing views.