Whiteside Mtn - Drive to Trailhead & Trail Guide

Drive Guide - Whiteside Mtn from Blackrock Mtn (W4G/NG-027)

  • Duration: 0:55, 29 miles
  • Google Maps URL: https://goo.gl/maps/40zJR
  • Seasonal/Limited Access: CAUTION: On a clear autumn Sunday at about 11:30 A.M., the lot was full and the Forest Service was directing traffic away.
  • Directions: (This is a little simplified from what Google Maps wants you to do.)
    • Drive down-hill (left from lot) on Black Rock Mountain Parkway and go 0.2
    • L to stay on Black Rock Mtn Pky and go 2.3
    • L on US-441 N and go 4.7
    • R on GA-246 W / NC-106 W and go 14.2
    • R on US-64 and go 0.3
    • L on US-64 E and go 5.5
    • R on Whiteside Mtn Rd and go 1.0
    • Bear L into parking area
    • Parking lot - $2 parking fee
    • If the lot is full, the nearest parking is to go back to 64 and turn R and immediately park on the wide spot on the paved shoulder. This adds a 1.0 mile hike to the parking lot (and 1 mile back).
  • Food:

Drive Guide - Whiteside Mtn FROM Yellow Mtn Gap (W4C/WM-028)

  • Duration: 0:20, 6 miles
  • Google Maps URL: http://goo.gl/maps/TBNCn
  • Seasonal/Limited Access:
  • Directions:
    • Head out (east) on dirt Ponderock Dr
    • R onto paved Ponderock Dr / Ponderosa / Jodytown Dr and go 1.4
    • R on Yellow Mtn Rd and go 400’
    • R on NC-1144 / Norton Rd and go 2.0
    • R on US-64 W and go 1.4
    • L on Whiteside Mtn Rd and go 1.0
    • Bear L on Deville Dr and go 0.1
    • Parking lot - $2 parking fee
  • Food: None

Drive Guide - Whiteside Mtn FROM Cole Gap (W4C/WM-033)

  • Duration: 0:15, 6 miles
  • Google Maps URL: http://goo.gl/maps/azU1v
  • Seasonal/Limited Access:
  • Directions:
    • S/W on Buck Creek Rd (as you exit the trail, turn L on the road) and go 2.2
    • L on US-64 E and go 2.8
    • R on Whiteside Mtn Rd and go 1.0
    • Bear L on Deville Dr and go 0.1
    • Parking lot - $2 parking fee
  • Food: None

Drive Guide - back to Highlands NC (where you briefly get 3G cell) and on to Atlanta

  • Duration: 2:25, 127 miles
  • Google Maps URL: https://goo.gl/maps/ujxql
  • Seasonal/Limited Access:
  • Directions:
    • Bear R ond Whiteside Mtn Rd out of the lot and go 1
    • L on US-64 W and go 5.5
    • L on NC-106 E / GA-246 E and go 14.2
    • L on US-441

Trail Guide

  • Duration:
    • Up via flat route: 1.2 miles, 500’ climb, 0:50 hurrying, but tired.
    • Down via flat route: 0:30 running
  • Navigation
    • Head up the stairs near the sign-board
    • At the top of the stairs, turn L
    • After about 200’, there are some stairs on the R. You can take the stairs for the steep route, or continue on the road for the shallow, longer climb. I took the road.
  • Trailhead altitude: 4400
  • Summit altitude: 4900
  • GPS tracks/waypoints:
    • Trailhead: 35.08044,-83.14419
    • Summit: 35.0813,-83.138

Summit Guide

  • Hang antenna from tree: Yes
  • Space to guy mast: Yes
  • Cell coverage 2014: VZN fail; AT&T fail; APRS sent OK but no ACK
  • Cell coverage 2015: VZN fail; AT&T OK; ARPS OK
  • Unique features: Nice views.

See Also

  • http://www.hikewnc.info/besthikes/nantahala-ranger-district/whiteside-mountain
  • http://www.hikewnc.info/trails/nantahala-ranger-district/whiteside-mountain