Whiteside Mountain Trail

At A Glance


2.2 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 3.63
Steepness: Hilly
Tread Condition: Moderately Rough
Lowest Elevation: 4410
Highest Elevation: 4930
Total Elevation Gain: 600
Trail Number: 70
Hikes That Use This Trail: Whiteside Mountain


A National Recreation Trail, this loop climbs an old roadbed and travels along the brink of some of the East's most spectacular cliffs. Named for these cliffs, the mountains side does look "white" from a distance with sun shining on the light gray granite. They're up to 750' high above the base and 4930' in elevation, and from the top there are fabulous long-range views into the Wilderness along the Blue Ridge Escarpment, around the Chattooga River headwaters, as well as into some of the more populated areas around Highlands and Cashiers, and even into the upstate of South Carolina on clearer days. Look for the endangered Perigrine Falcon which nests here in the cliffs.

This trail is located in the Nantahala Ranger District area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Nantahala Ranger District trails list page.

This trail also crosses into these trailhead areas:


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Trail Segments

Trails are often made up of several connecting paths which may have different characteristics, allowed uses, and seasons. This trail is divided into multiple segments as follows:

Whiteside Mountain - Parking Lot to Split

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking
  • Length: 451 ft

Whiteside Mountain - Woods Section

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking
  • Length: 0.33 mi

Whiteside Mountain - Cliff Section

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking
  • Length: 0.73 mi

Whiteside Mountain - Road Section

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking
  • Length: 0.76 mi

Total Calculated Length: 1.9 mi

This value is derived from our underlying map data, and it may not match officially published information.



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