Whiteside Mountain

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

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.

Attractions: A two-mile loop trail climbs above the 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.

Location: Whiteside Mountain is located south of U.S. 64 between Highlands and Cashiers.


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At a Glance

Operational Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Fees $3/vehicle; $15 annual pass (usable at Dry Falls, Whiteside Mountain, and Whitewater Falls)
Permit Info: Self service fee stations.
Open Season: year round
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Climbing closures are in effect for the Peregrine Falcon during nesting season. Contact the Nantahala Ranger District Office at 828-524-6441
Closest Towns: Highlands
Water: none
Restroom: vault
Operated By: Nantahala National Forest, Nantahala Ranger District, 90 Sloan Road, Franklin, NC 28734, (828)-524-6

General Information

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

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  Area/Length : 
2 mile trail

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  Elevation : 
4930 ft