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Level of difficulty: Moderate/Challenging.
Driving distance/directions from downtown: 6.5 miles. Head East on Hwy. 64 toward the town of Cashiers. Turn right on Whiteside Mountain Road. Proceed up winding hill to the trailhead and parking lot on left.
Parking: Ample. A $2 vehicle parking fee is requested by the US Forest Service to help maintain the trail. Bring cash as payments are made via envelope.
Hiking distance: 2.5-mile loop round-trip. Veer left for moderate hike up – Veer right to hike steeper trail up to summit.
Description: Similar to Satulah, Whiteside is a perennial favorite for both visitors and locals. Hikers can choose a moderate or challenging hike up to the Summit, which rewards hikers with unobstructed views of the surrounding Blue Ridge mountains at an altitude of 4,930 ft. All trails on Whiteside are contained within a loop system, so there’s no need to turn-around – you’ll eventually reach the parking lot as you continue hiking.
Worth Noting: During summer months, keep an eye out for peregrine falcons who were re-introduced to the area in 1985 through the endangered species program.