Shining Creek Hike

Waynesville, North Carolina

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Start high and climb higher on this challenging hike. Enter Shining Rock Wilderness, traveling Shining Creek valley past slide cascades beneath remote forests. Hike into spruce-fir highlands atop Shining Rock Ledge. Visit the quartz outcrop of Shining Rock before joining seldom-trod Old Butt Knob Trail, hiking by views in a mix of evergreens and highland hardwoods. Pass outcrops with unobscured vistas of the surrounding Pisgah National Forest before dropping over 1,400 feet in a mile and concluding the trek.
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by Johnny Molloy (Falcon Guides)

Start high and climb higher on this challenging hike. Enter Shining Rock Wilderness, traveling Shining Creek valley past slide cascades beneath remote forests. Hike into spruce-fir highlands atop Shining Rock Ledge.

Visit the quartz outcrop of Shining Rock before joining seldom-trod Old Butt Knob Trail, hiking by views in a mix of evergreens and highland hardwoods. Pass outcrops with unobscured vistas of the surrounding Pisgah National Forest before dropping over 1,400 feet in a mile and concluding the trek.

© 2017 Johnny Molloy /Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Waynesville
Distance: 8.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Duration: 5.5–6.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Pisgah National Forest, Pisgah Ranger District, 1001 Pisgah Hwy., Pisgah Forest, NC 28768, (828) 877-3265, www.fs.usda.gov/nfsnc
Local Maps: National Geographic #780 Pisgah Ranger District; USGS Shining Rock
Driving Directions: Directions to Shining Creek Hike

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