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Whiteside Mountain

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Address: Whiteside Mountain Rd, Highlands, NC 28717
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Expert rock climbers are attracted to Whiteside Mountain, which offers some...

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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You can see several mountain ranges!

The views are beautiful and the hike is not that bad. It is a bit of a walk but worth it. Come ready to take pictures and relax!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Lake Mary, Florida
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Lake Mary, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The views are beautiful and the hike is not that bad. It is a bit of a walk but worth it. Come ready to take pictures and relax!

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Suwanee, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A bit steep but great hike and beautiful views. This was our 2nd time and loved it just as much as the first.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great hiking with SPECTACULAR views!!!! Doesn't get much better than this! Lovely. Places to picnic. Moderate hiking that all can enjoy!!

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Birmingham
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The hike up Whiteside Mountain is easy to moderate. The trail to Devil's Courthouse, which begins from the same parking area, is moderate, longer at 4+ miles roundtrip (in and out) and the views are fantastic!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Take your time going up, it is a steady uphill grade. The views were well worth the effort. We were there in the second week of November, and less leaves on the trees allowed views one would not see in the summer months. View from the top well worth the trek.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The path seemed longer than I thought it would feel, but there are views up there and they are incredible! There is a small cash fee for parking, so you may want to bring some ones.

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Thank ERA444
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Bring $2 for the self-pay to access to the park. Plan on a two mile fairly strenuous trek up the mountain. Once you reach the summit, the earth opens up below. Spectacular vistas. Be sure to go south along the summit to see more.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was about a 2 mile trail (circular). We started the trail heading left and found the uphill climb easy as the path was wide. Going down was much tougher as the back part of the mountain is narrow, steeper and had lots more large rocks to navigate around. I would highly recommend using hiking poles. It took us about... More 

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Franklin, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Pretty much everything has been said - parking area busy, toilet building door locks broken, well maintained trail - be careful of leaves on the wooden steps, they're extra slippery. The views from the various stopping points were outstanding today!

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Suwanee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you have a hankerin for a few hours of beautiful scenery and a good pair of walking shoes, don't miss Whiteside Mountain. Parking was pretty full on the day we went, but we managed to squeeze into a spot. There is a very reasonable $2 parking fee (on the honor system so don't be a jerk). The one negative... More 

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