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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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Easy hiking, beautiful vistas!

Easy and accessible hiking trails, lots of places to sit down and have a hiker's lunch or snack. Beautiful vistas.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Lisa T
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Easy and accessible hiking trails, lots of places to sit down and have a hiker's lunch or snack. Beautiful vistas.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is a nice, 2 mile trail up to the top accross and down, so it does require some effort going up. Once up, the view is great. The path then goes for perhaps a half a mile along the cliffs. Cable fences are there to keep you from falling off where the drop is as much as 700 feet.... More 

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

This is a must-do hike when visiting Highlands. It is a moderate hike with a few steep spots on the way back down. Take the wide, old logging road up to the first vista. The trail narrows as it continues up to an elevation of just under 5,000 ft. There are numerous look-outs with amazing views of surrounding mountains and... More 

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Lake Mary, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

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 26 November 2016 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 15 November 2016 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 14 November 2016 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 14 November 2016

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 11 November 2016

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016 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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