We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Review Highlights
Great family hike with glorious views.

Our family of 4 was traveling highway 64 back to Brevard after zip lining with Highland Aerial Park... read more

Reviewed 2 January 2019
Lantana, Florida
Very nice hike not too strenuous

Enjoyed the hike about 2.4mile round trip. We did not do the loop bc of stairs on the return side... read more

Reviewed 10 September 2018
hillsborough nc
via mobile
Read all 367 reviews
All photos (212)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent83%
  • Very good16%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“great hike”(49 reviews)
“the loop”(33 reviews)
“moderate hike”(24 reviews)
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.
Whiteside Mountain Rd, NC 28717
Improve This Listing
Recommended experiences in and around Jackson County
from US$59.50
More Info
from US$89.95
More Info
from US$74.95
More Info
Reviews (367)
Filter reviews
365 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Show reviews that mention
All reviews great hike the loop moderate hike parking lot gravel path coming down day hike breathtaking views highlands area two hours hikers ascent cliffs climb route elevation exercise
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 365 reviews
Reviewed 2 January 2019

Our family of 4 was traveling highway 64 back to Brevard after zip lining with Highland Aerial Park and just spontaneously turned off 64 to Highside Mountain for the trail. We're so glad we did. We'd spent 6 days in the Asheville area hiking falls...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kristinesonja
Reviewed 10 September 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed the hike about 2.4mile round trip. We did not do the loop bc of stairs on the return side. Enjoyed the views on top and got to meet some rapellers who were very friendly and informative

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank memywifeandkids
Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

Whiteside is a hike we do each year when visiting Highlands NC. It is a little over an hour and close by. There are usually other hikers all enjoying the trail but the best part is all the dogs! Bring your dog (don't forget your...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank BlondeSeminole
Reviewed 22 June 2018 via mobile

This is a moderately strenuous hike up the mountain. Good parking ($2 fee) and restrooms at the base. However, these were pretty grim. Didn’t look like they’d been cleaned for a good while! We took our dog Alfie! He was pooped when we made it...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank lovelongboatkey
Reviewed 20 January 2018

We worked off a little New Years cooking with a day hike up Whiteside Mountain and Devil's Courthouse. The views from Whiteside are amazing; but Devil's Courthouse is even better. The trail to Devil's is a little tricky and there are some sheer cliff drops,...More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank m2links
Reviewed 10 December 2017

We hiked here before our Thanksgiving meal and the roughly 2.5-mile trail is well marked The best thing about hiking in late November was that most of the leaves had fallen so we had spectacular views of the surrounding area. Halfway between Highlands and Cashiers,...More

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank Rebecca L
Reviewed 1 December 2017 via mobile

This 2 mile loop trail has beautiful long range views at the top and along the crest of Whiteside Mt. Take off from the parking lot (rustic restrooms) and stay left on the old gravel road for an easier ascent. It’s.8 mile to the top,...More

Date of experience: November 2017
2  Thank demTravels
Reviewed 1 November 2017 via mobile

The morning I hiked Whiteside the clouds were socked in at the summit which limited the experience somewhat, but in no way ruined the morning. The fall colors were popping, and the fog and clouds made for a spooky October ambiance. This was a fun...More

Date of experience: October 2017
2  Thank garyaber1966
Reviewed 31 October 2017

There is a $2.00 fee to park here but so worth it. It is a loop and it is suggested the loop to the left is easier so we took that. It was a gravel path ascending the entire way. It opens into a lovely...More

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank havefunaway
Reviewed 24 October 2017

This is located on the highway between Highland and Cashiers. The views are breathtaking and well worth the hike. We usually take the winding path to the left when we hike up the mountain. The path that starts at the right has A LOT of...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank Moiaussie
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 11 nearby hotels
Pine Valley Motel
45 reviews
4.89 km away
Skyline Village Inn
235 reviews
8.81 km away
Linville Falls Lodge & Cottages
156 reviews
8.94 km away
Switzerland Inn
760 reviews
10.18 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 156 nearby restaurants
The Tropical Grill
416 reviews
3.45 km away
D T's Blue Ridge Java
127 reviews
3.45 km away
Dry County Brewing Company
77 reviews
2.99 km away
El Ranchero Restaurant
74 reviews
3.38 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 98 nearby attractions
Penland School of Crafts
38 reviews
7.53 km away
The Orchard at Altapass
148 reviews
5.79 km away
Rio Doce Gem Mine
36 reviews
7.80 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
5 February 2017|
Response from Thomas D | Reviewed this property |
The best spots near Whiteside are both approximately 3-4 miles west of Highlands off Highway 64 west, to wit: Cliffside Recreation Area and Van Hook Glade. Both have nice campsites with views of Cliffside Lake.
3 October 2016|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from Ray W | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely if the weather cooperates. Have fun.
Joy B
24 December 2015|
AnswerShow all 7 answers
Response from GemDandies | Reviewed this property |
We have only been on, and seen hiking trails, but there are biking trails listed for: Blue Valley and Yellow Mountain trails near Highlands. Panthertown Loop, in Glenville, (about 15 miles from Highlands), is also listed... More