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Whiteside Mountain National Recreation Trail

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Nantahala National Forest

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 bird watching 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

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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A landmark along the Eastern Continental Divide, Whiteside Mountain rises to an elevation of 4,930 feet. The mountain's cliffs look like sheets of ice draped across the mountain. This magnificent rock is about 390 to 460 million years old. Attractions: A two-mile loop trail climbs above the sheer 750-foot high cliffs and offers outstanding views to the east, south, and west. Whiteside Mountain Trail is rated more difficult because of its steepness. This is a self service fee location. $3 per vehicle. It is a beautiful hike with amazing views and worth the visit!

hiking
34 minutes ago

Wow! What a beautiful trail. The incline is steep. We went the road way the way up and the trails way going down. I highly recommend that. Seeing the beauty of the trails was amazing! And a little easier to appreciate on the way down. Folks did okay - not great- on social distancing here. If you care about that. We definitely try to maintain and give people a good distance. Kids loved it (7 and 10). For our dog on the way back there were some grated, see through stairs that scared her (understandably). Otherwise, she was great.

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rocky
3 days ago

Loved my 1st time on this trail!! Beautiful hike and spectacular views!!

hiking
23 days ago

Moderate difficulty. Beautiful views at the top.

Went on 4/28 and this was open. Only saw one small family towards the end of my hike around noon. Beautiful trail, insane views!!! Hike was easy, There are stairs and rocks, roots though. Incline is mild. I saw falcons. Cherry blossoms. Wild flowers. Definitely worth the trip. Maintained very nicely too. Will definitely be back

This was a great little hike. Great views and an easy climb. Lots of safe areas for kids but also some cool side trails that lead to some free roaming and excitement.

bugs
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice moderate trail with some very nice views. Nice spot to catch a sunset.

2 months ago

beautiful day with amazing views!

Very foggy today, no visibility, no views, very mystique walking through the woods..

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rocky
2 months ago

Fantastic trail! Tons of stunning overlooks, there’s a $3 fee per car, cash only. One of my favorite trails in this area. Highly recommend!

hiking
3 months ago

The views are amazing for this short two mile hike! Views from all directions! Easy hike for a big reward!

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icy
3 months ago

Awesome trail - it was a little muddy, but that was expected after a good bit of rain. Some of the best views can be seen by taking the side trails.

hiking
3 months ago

One of my favorite hikes. If you take the stairs up and to the right early on there are some rabbit trails that take you to the bluff/bald. Nice spot for a little snack.

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snow
3 months ago

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snow
3 months ago

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muddy
4 months ago

Easy hike with great views. Trail was muddy, but they got 1.5” of rain the day before. Great hike if you have an hour or two.

cool way! You can choose heavy on stones and steps or an easy way on a flat road. amazing views! it is frustrating that people throw garbage (Please take your garbage with you!

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rocky
4 months ago

Good moderate trail with nice views. There were a lot of icy spots and we saw a lot of people slipping in spots. The parking was covered up and we wound up having to park further up the road and hike down. Good family trail but I would not recommend for the really young just because it would make me nervous.

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