A landmark along the Eastern Continental Divide, Whiteside Mountain rises to an elevation of 4,930 feet. The mountain's cliffs look like sheets of ice draped across the mountain, which is about 390 to 460 million years old. A two-mile loop rated as "more difficult" climbs to the top and offers outstanding views to the east, south, and west.
Two to three days before and after a major holiday will cause the parking lot to be filled quickly. Please listen to Forest Service Staff directing traffic.
Drive slow and careful when going up Whiteside Mountain Rd. The road is tight and narrow.
All visitors to National Forests in North Carolina must display a valid pass at day use fee sites where required. Choose your pass based on the site where you will be recreating.
If purchasing your pass on-site, no printed copy of the pass will be available. Instead, your license plate number will be used to confirm compliance.
If purchasing a pass in advance, a printed copy of the pass is recommended for your vehicle as connectivity is limited.
This pass does not guarantee parking availability. For your safety, please remember that parking outside of designated areas is discouraged and visitors who park illegally may be fined and towed. This pass is valid until the site closing time (shown on the Pass Overview) of the date listed on the pass, and only for the date and vehicle specified for this pass.
Passes are non-transferrable, non-refundable, not replaceable if lost or stolen, and are void if altered or reproduced.
Be aware of ice and rain hazards such as slippery rocks and roots. Please plan accordingly.