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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Whiteside Mountain - North Carolina

Highlands, North Carolina is known for its beautiful hiking. There are hikes of all lengths and levels. We traveled to the Cashiers area and spent four amazing days relaxing, hiking to waterfalls, and touring the Biltmore grounds. One of my favorite parts of the trip was our Whiteside Mountain hike. If you love to get out in nature and go hiking with your kids, Whiteside Mountain is perfect. We did not have kids yet, but we were traveling with friends who had a 3yo and an infant. Whiteside Mountain is a 2 mile hike that the website lists as moderate. If you are an avid hiker, this will be a nice and easy walk for you. Some spots might be challenging for those who do not hike often. The 3yo that we were hiking with walked almost the entire hike on his own. Our friends carried their infant in a front carrier.

The kids will love the many waterfalls that are found all over Cashiers and Highlands as well. Dry Falls is a great waterfall to see because it is easily accessible for families and part of the path goes behind the waterfall. The children will also like riding in the car as you drive under Bridal Veil Falls.

Thanks to Debbie at Delicious Baby for hosting Photo Friday. Stop by to see all the great travel photos!


Peace said...

This looks like a great hike for families. I think my kids would especially like going behind the falls!

The Q Family said...

Beautiful view!! We are not avid outdoor person but I would love to do easy hiking with my kids some days.

-Amy @ The Q Family

familyadventureguidebooks said...

Just beautiful. You would be surprised what kids can do. Our family did a very difficult trail in Yosemite once, including getting lost and my four year old was a real trooper. Walked the whole way!

Jessie V said...

gorgeous photos! it makes me want to head there.

Anonymous said...

Waterfalls and a reasonable hike sounds like a great time to me! We love taking photos of falls, and don't mind a bit of a hike where we won't get so tired hauling our nice cameras (or even a light tripod) with us.


WanderMom said...

Oh yay! Another hiking-travel-blogging-mom!
This looks like a great hike - I'll be filing it away for whenever we get a chance to visit N. Carolina.

Lorraine said...

I've never visited North Carolina but hear wonderful things, and your pictures underscore the association. I especially like the 'under the waterfall' shot.