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From the trailhead, the old roadbed to the left is a more gradual climb to the summit, while the right branch goes up a steep set of stairs. The mountain summit stands at 4,930 feet. White Mountain, a landmark on the eastern continental divide, has sheer cliffs rising up to 750 feet in height. These cliffs are home to the endangered peregrine falcon that was reintroduced to its native range in 1985.Directions
From Highlands, take U.S. 64E for about 5 miles. Turn right on NC 1680 (Whiteside Mountain Road) and follow the signs to the trailhead.Highlights
This national recreation trail is rated as "more difficult". Your effort is rewarded by a magnificent view into South Carolina and over the Chattooga River headwaters over 2,100 feet below. The rock outcrops have an abundance of shrubs and wildflowers, including three species of both rhododendrons and azaleas.