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Address: Whiteside Mountain Rd, Highlands, NC 28717
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Description: Expert rock climbers are attracted to Whiteside Mountain, which offers...
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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Fabulous hike with fabulous views

I've hiked whiteside a couple of times now. It is about 2.5 miles round trip (loop). If you have a problem climbing 'stairs' then I would suggest you start your loop going... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Houston, Texas
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Houston, Texas
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

I've hiked whiteside a couple of times now. It is about 2.5 miles round trip (loop). If you have a problem climbing 'stairs' then I would suggest you start your loop going left instead of right (there is a small sign that tells you the 'right' direction is more strenuous. If you go left you will have long but easier... More 

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Signal Mountain, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

This is a beautiful hike and a must do while in Highlands. Like the other people have said- Hike the left path up. Take the rock stairs down. If you want a challenge then hike the right path with the rocks. Don't miss the loop at the top that takes you around to the stairs down. Some people - like... More 

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Cape Coral, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Super easy but not too short! there were 5 of us, in our 20's and 30's and we did this hike on Thanksgiving. There was snow on the ground and icicles everywhere which was awesome for crew from Florida!

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Orangeburg, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Good trail, nice view at the top. Not too strenuous for this 65 year old non-athlete. Good parking with restrooms.

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Fort Myers, Florida
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62 reviews 62 reviews
20 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

This is a 2-mile hike that is challenging enough to make it fun, but will not so hard to need ice packs afterward. Insider tip: take the path to the left. This hike is a big loop. By taking the trail to the left you stay on the hard packed trail for the inclines. The return loop are steps built... More 

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Cold cold day, but was well worth the drive. Two mile hike that may be challenging for some, but easy for the avid hiker. Bring a camera

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South Carolina
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139 reviews 139 reviews
63 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

I've reviewed this before (Feb 2013), but since we took a cub scout den (10-year-olds) and their associated families on a hike this past weekend, I figured I'd update my impressions. It's still not a difficult trek if you're in any decent shape. I say that because I now know that if you have breathing issues, it can be a... More 

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Wiggins, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

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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11 helpful votes 11 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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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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