Whiteside Mountain, Cashiers

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Must see · Mountain · Nature / Park
Whiteside Mountain is a mountain in Jackson County, North Carolina between Cashiers, Highlands, North Carolina, and the Georgia border. Whiteside Mountain can boast the highest cliffs in Eastern North America. It also has a feature called Devil's Courthouse, not to be confused with the Devil's Courthouse 20 miles away in Transylvania County, NC.
Since the 1980s, the forest service has tried to restrict access to the Courthouse and has allowed the foot trail to it to grow over because of dangers such as strong winds. They also did not want accidents from paragliding and similar activities taking place from the mountain top or from the Courthouse. There is also an overhang, a small platform less than 7 feet in diameter, connected to Whiteside as if it were a cantilever. Similar overhangs can be found on the Appalachian Trail.

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  • Whiteside Mountain is a 2-mile loop hike in Nantahala National Forest between Cashiers and Highlands. We came here for a hike with our dog. The trail is moderately strenuous with steps going up the....  more »
  • Yes worth the drive (for us, from Franklin), and the slightly strenuous walk. Do use the gravel trail up on the left, it's a mile incline to the top. Then take the harder trail down, not gravel at.....  more »
  • Amazing view! Easy yet fun hike
  • Prettiest place on The east coast.

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