Whiteside Mountain, Cashiers

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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
    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
    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 »
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  • Of all the mountain ranges I’ve visited, this one holds a special place in my heart. From the peregrine falcons to the rolling blue hills, this is a magical place you have to see for yourself to believe. This pristine trail is safe and full of rich history. I often stop to read about it at the many information posts along the hike even after seeing them so many times. The trail is wonderful both ways, but I highly recommend going clockwise for an easier ascent/decent. It’s steeper up the right side, so take that as you will. There are many outcroppings that go to unfenced cliff edges towards the top, which are spectacular for unobstructed photography, and dangerous for children, so parents keep an eye out for that. But there are countless safe areas along the marked trails that I cannot recommend enough. Give it a hike and see for yourself! And bring water!
  • Moderate to difficult uphill hike with amazing views at top. The trail has many rocks and tree roots so hiking shoes are a must!

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