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Address: Whiteside Mountain Rd, Highlands, NC 28717
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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Great hike!

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... read more

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

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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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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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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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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Atlanta, Georgia
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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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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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