A landmark along the Eastern Continental Divide, Whiteside Mountain rises to an elevation of 4,930 feet. This magnificent rock is about 390 to 460 million years old.
The mountain’s cliffs look like sheets of ice draped across the mountain. During the spring and summer you may see peregrine falcons flying above or sitting on rock outcrops. Through the endangered species program, the falcon was reintroduced in 1985 to Whiteside Mountain, part of the birds native range. One of the world’s fastest and most beautiful birds return annually to nest on rock ledges. Because peregrines are nervous parents, climbing routes near nesting sites are closed during nesting.
Please see maps on display at parking lot for current closures. Attractions: A 2-mile loop trail climbs above sheer 750-foot high cliffs and offers outstanding views to the east, south, and west. Whiteside Mountain Trail is rated “more difficult” because of its steepness. Along your journey to the top, you can spot a variety of wildflowers—including false Solomonsseal, white snakeroot, dwarf dandelion, speckled wood-lily, and wood betony. Location: Whiteside Mountain is located off US 64 between Highlands and Cashiers. (Source: USDA - Forest Service - Southern Region)
Whiteside Mountain is located 4.7 miles from the Cashiers ‘crossroads’, (the intersection of Highway 64 and 107). To access the hiking trail, enter the Wildcat Cliffs Country Club development via Whiteside Mountain Road. Proceed 1.1 miles on Whiteside Mountain Road to parking area on left.