Whiteside Cove Road

Categories: Scenic Drives, Highway Day Tripping Routes, Fall Foliage - western North Carolina


  • Peaceful drive connecting Horse Cove (just South of Highlands, NC) and NC Hwy 107 (just South of Cashiers, NC)
  • Multiple activities from this road including:  scenic views, photography, fishing, swimming and hiking
  • POIs of interest:  Granite CityGrimshawesCashiers Sliding RockChattooga River Cliffs Trail (Upper)
  • This road is part pavement part gravel in places; not recommended for motorcycles 

The Local Scoop

If you're in the Highlands or Cashiers, NC area and feel like getting out of the cabin or hotel room, we recommend taking a scenic drive on Whiteside Cove Road.
Whether you're accessing this peaceful drive from the Highlands area or Cashiers area, this scenic route guides you through the shadows of one of the most famous mountains around, Whiteside Mountain. 
Known for it's thousand feet tall sheer cliffs and it's population of the endangered Peregrine Falcon, Whiteside Mountain is a must for all and is famous for good reason.  If planning an entire day of adventure we would also suggest hiking the Whiteside Mountain Trail & Cliffs.
Whiteside Cove Road is part pavement, part gravel and we would only recommend it to passenger vehicles and not motorcycles due to a few bumps along the way.  A motorcycle could make it, but we don't recommend it.  
This drive will show you the "other" views of Whiteside Mountain that most do not get to see.  Once you experience this drive, you'll come to appreciate the size and magnitude of the "Whiteside" of the mountain and begin to understand more fully why this mountain has such a name. 
Make a day of it with these recommended points of interest along the way:

The Local Directions

From Cashiers
From the "crossroads" (U.S. Hwy-64 & N.C. Hwy-107) in Cashiers, NC drive south on N.C. Hwy-107 for 1.7 miles to a Right onto "Whiteside Cove Road".

From Highlands
From main intersection of U.S. Hwy-64/ N.C. Hwy-28 in Highlands, NC drive through main street until the road turns into Horse Cove Road (just past Mountain Fresh Grocery on your Right). Take this winding road down the plateau for 4.5 miles, going through approx. 40 curves on the way down. At 4.5 miles you'll come to a fork in the road with a mileage sign in front of you. From here take the Left onto "Whiteside Cove Road". 

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35.03521, -83.148485
Nearest City
Macon County
Distance From
Cashiers:  1.7 miles 
Highlands:  4.5 miles
End to End:  9 miles