Early winter view looking NNE from Whiteside Mountain, near Highlands, North Carolina. The Great Smoky Mountains loom in the far distance. In the words of the immortal William Bartram, “a sublimely awful scene of power and magnificence, a world of mountains piled upon mountains.”
Looking east from Whiteside Mountain, over the Cashiers Valley, where the headwaters of the mighty Chattooga River flow — the first National Wild & Scenic River in the east. We received well over 100 inches of rain in 2018 — it’s all that precip that puts the “smoke” in the Great Smoky Mountains and the … More Rhodes Big View
Devil’s Courthouse, on the flanks of Whiteside Mountain. Whiteside, which boasts some of the highest sheer cliffs in the east, is known as Sanigilâ’gĭ to the Cherokee people. A “thunder mountain,” Whiteside is the legendary home of the shapeshifting witch Spearfinger, U’tlun’ta.