Base layers may not be Saw lots of ice, and almost slipped. Recommend following the wide trail on the left up INSTEAD of taking the steps to the right. Going this way involves a steeper climb at first, but it's a shorter way to the top and you'll get to the views more quickly! The trail will reach the summit rock outcropping about halfway along the cliffs. The word "Nantahala" is a Cherokee word meaning "Land of the Noonday Sun." Some of the overlooks are relatively safe, but sometimes the rocks are too steep after your emerge from the woods to make a safe viewing area. There are many overlooks and look out spots. Railing has been installed along the main trail at some of the various viewpoints, as the trail climbs up and over rock outcroppings. Highlands Ranger District 2010 Flat Mountain Road Highlands, NC 28741 828-526-3765 (Follow the signs from U.S. 64 east of Highlands) Whiteside Mtn. Greg in TN said: Can you see the shadow of the bear from the trail? Leslie Marks said: No comment. The mountain's cliffs look like sheets of ice draped across the mountain. The eastern section runs along the brink of the spectacular Whiteside Mountain, one of the highest vertical cliffs in the east. Jackson County, North Carolina. The name is appropriate as, in some spots, the sun only reaches the floors of the deep gorges of the forest when high overhead at midday. Trail layers and downloadable data are all original works created by WNCOutdoors with guidance from a variety of Informational signs along the top of the mountain. It is licensed by Creative Commons Attribution 3.0. Attractions: A two-mile loop trail climbs above the sheer 750-foot high cliffs and offers outstanding views to the east, south and west. The WNCOutdoors Base layer is provided by WNCOutdoors.info. Channel Travel agency. Recreation Guide to Whiteside Mountain, North Carolina Author: USDA Forest Service Nantahala Ranger District Subject: Whiteside Mountain in Nantahala National Forest near Cashiers, NC Keywords: Whiteside Mountain Trail, Blue Ridge Mountains, Nantahala National Forest, Transylvania County, Devil's Courthouse Created Date: 10/3/2001 2:07:33 PM Explore. Small children should be watched closely. As you approach the top, you’ll see the 1st observation deck which is small. Straight ahead (southeast) and to the left (northeast) are mostly mountains, with a few farmsteads lying in the picturesque valley below. It is a beautiful hike with amazing views and worth the visit! The Whiteside Trail is located on the slopes of Lookout Mountain in the Chattanooga Unit of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. Just a question... what are the AM/PM times that Whiteside Mtn is open. This spectacular scenic loop boasts views from some of the East’s highest cliffs, which tower 400 to 750 feet along the Southeastern face of the 4,930-foot summit. [Site Admin] Jordan M. said: @Kathy Just got some new photos recently; will be updating them soon ;) Sad to see the cables are already in pretty bad condition, though. The views are stunning and some of the best anywhere. Very safe with a fence at main openings. A triangular-shaped overlook with a large rock sticking up marks the spot, and on the back of the rock the name of the mountain and elevation is carved in. Started left - would recommend as its an easy start and the hard part is downhill, not up. From the trailhead located near the kiosk in the parking area, follow the path into the woods to the loop’s start. Thanks, Leslie Marks. To the right (southwest), you can see the rounded granite domes characteristic of the Highlands area, along with the small settlements, resorts, golf courses, and expensive homes for which the area is famous. (Note: from recent photos, it looks this section has been repaired with elevated trail structures - hooray! True to what another reviewer wrote, the parking lot midday was a zoo but the hike was plenty spaced out from others and the view at the top is magnificent. J. Pezzi said: 11/11/18 But if you keep going along the loop, the terrain gets more difficult, but the views get much better! It's a two-mile, family/pet-friendly loop. You'll reach the close of the loop before long. KATHY LYNCH said: You really should update your photos as all the wooden rails across the top are gone and replaced with cables. Whiteside Mountain is covered by the Highlands, NC US Topo Map quadrant Only a few of the 30 people we walked past had masks. Amazing. 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