Whiteside Mountain is one of the most popular hikes in the area. It is a 2.5 mile loop that will take you to amazing views. From Highlands, NC head down US 64 east for 5.4 miles, then turn right onto Whiteside Mountain Road (SR1600). You will see a sign for the Whiteside Mountain Recreation Area. Follow this road for 1 mile to the parking area on the left. There is an area use fee of $2.00 per day.