Whiteside Mountain, Jackson County

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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.HistoryThe Cherokee name for Whiteside mountain is Sanigilâ'gĭ.Legend of Spear FingerCherokee myth says that Spear-finger, the powerful woman monster, built a bridge from the Hiwassee River to Whiteside Mountain.Legend of De SotoThe overhanging edge has a message carved into it, which reads that Hernando de Soto was there and that it was carved by his men who allegedly threw over their sick, crippled horses there. However, it is likely a hoax carved by some boys sometime in 1926 when there was probably much more of the overhang than there is today. Since the terrain is too rough for men and horses to get through, for De Soto to have come through here at a time when there were no roads or pathways is unlikely. De Soto's route most likely took him through the Cumberland Gap from South Carolina.
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  • We hiked here before our Thanksgiving meal and the roughly 2.5-mile trail is well marked The best thing about hiking in late November was that most of the leaves had fallen so we had spectacular views...  more »
  • This 2 mile loop trail has beautiful long range views at the top and along the crest of Whiteside Mt. Take off from the parking lot (rustic restrooms) and stay left on the old gravel road for an easie...  more »
  • The morning I hiked Whiteside the clouds were socked in at the summit which limited the experience somewhat, but in no way ruined the morning. The fall colors were popping, and the fog and clouds made...  more »
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  • Popular trail with views to match. Be sure to pay for the parking to help maintain the trail.
  • A beautiful hike to several overlooks. Great place for kids and pets, and there is lots of room at the overlook for a nice picnic.
  • Quick hike with sublime views!! Trail loop is 2.5 miles. Large parking area with picnic tables. Open dawn to dusk. Rangers kick cars out of the parking lot at dusk. Composting toilets in the parking lot. We came for the solar eclipse and later camped at panthertown valley a 30 minute drive away (extensive hiking trails and waterfalls).
  • Absolutely must see if you're interested in viewing a ton of beautiful mountains several thousand feet high! A bit of a hike, but the view was completely worth it.
  • Incredible hike! One way is an easy hike up to some great views but the other (or if you make it a loop) is a bit more challenging and all the more rewarding.

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