Whiteside Mountain


Type: Backcountry
Length: 2.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Rock Climbing
Wildlife Observation
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? $2.00

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Location: Whiteside Mountain is located south of U.S. 64 between Highlands and Cashiers.
State(s): North Carolina
Counties: Jackson
Latitude: 35.08051
: -83.14397

From Highlands take US 64E about 5 miles. Turn right on SR1680. Follow signs.


A landmark along the Eastern Continental Divide, Whiteside Mountain rises to an elevation of 4,930 feet. The mountain's cliffs look like sheets of ice draped across the mountain. This magnificent rock is about 390 to 460 million years old.

A 2-mile loop trail climbs above sheer 750-foot high cliffs and offers outstanding views to the east, south and west. Whiteside Mountain Trail is rated "more difficult" because of its steepness. Along your journey to the top, you can spot a variety of wildflowers-including false Solomons seal, white snakeroot, dwarf dandelion, speckled wood-lily and wood betony.

Additional Details

Width: 36 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil, compacted

Average Grade: 12%
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: 4,930
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Thomas Saylors
Nantahala Ranger District
90 Sloan Road
Franklin , NC 28734
(828) 524-6441



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