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Whiteside Mountain

Address: Whiteside Mountain Rd, Highlands, NC 28717
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Ranked #2 of 19 Attractions in Highlands
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Mountains, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Expert rock climbers are attracted to Whiteside Mountain, which offers some of the highest cliffs...
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Type: Mountains, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Expert rock climbers are attracted to Whiteside Mountain, which offers some of the highest cliffs in the east, rising more than 2,100 feet to its summit at 4,930 feet.

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Wiggins, Mississippi
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Whiteside Mountain is between Highlands and Cashiers and the views are amazing! If you go, take the left path up to the top and come down the other way. It's less of a hike that way. Be careful at the top. There are safety rails up there - as long as you don't go beyond them, you'll be safe.

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Cashiers, North Carolina
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Whiteside Mountain is a very popular hike in the Highlands/Cashiers area of NC. A 2 mile loop starts out as a fairly gentle walk, if you stay to the left trail. The trail does loop, but if you go right, it's a very steep and strenuous climb to the top. Just stay left. The vistas from here are amazing. You... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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11 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

There are 3 places you are unlikely to visit unless you get the word from a local. I call them the 3 holes in the wall, because 2 of the 3 are definitely off the beaten path. The 3 are DJ's crab shack on Duval, great for real Maine lobster rolls, Garbo's for grilled fish or Kobe beef tacos, and... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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77 reviews 77 reviews
7 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

This hike is only about a 15 minute drive from Highlands and I'd definitely do it again. Once on the trail, keep to the left on the rocky road vs going up the steep steps to your right for a bit easier climb to the top. At the top you'll have the chance to straddle the Continental Divide and walk... More 

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Deltona, Florida
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56 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

My family and I did the 2 mile loop up to the top of Whiteside Mountain. There are two sets of man-made stairs on the hike as well as God-made stairs made of rocks. This hike also features cliff faces. There are wire barricades that keep you from going over the side of the mountain. The hike offers spectacular views... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

We stopped to hike Whiteside Mtn while in visiting family for the holidays. It was winter so we weren't expecting much but the views from Whiteside Mtn are amazing apparently no matter what time of year you visit. The hike is a must if in the area.

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Ridgeland, Mississippi
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44 reviews 44 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I really enjoyed making this hike with some friends. It was a beautiful day and there was lots to see...the only downside is it was pretty iced over in places which made the trail super slick. Fun activity!

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Anderson, South Carolina
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Really enjoyed this. Can't wait to return. Want to do more geocaching next time & bird watching. Picked up some trash on the mountain, want to keep it clean.

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Orlando, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Stunning views of the mountains. Would hike it again. Saw other enjoying the view and popular place during the leaves changing in October. Not too crowded though.

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Georgia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I prefer wooded mountains to mountains with bare sides. Some people like the way it looks and others like to hike it. I think there are prettier places nearby to visit.

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