Waterrock Knob Trail-Milepost 4512

Sylva, North Carolina

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This steep-paved path climbs from one of the Parkway’s small visitor centers to a designated must-see viewpoint. A rougher path continues on to the wilder summit of Waterrock Knob (6,292 feet). Waterrock Knob is one of the key viewpoints that recommend the high-altitude southernmost section of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Luckily there are two sides to this steep and strenuous trail that make it a suitable walk for less-than-serious hikers.
Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway

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Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway

by Randy Johnson (Falcon Guides)

This steep-paved path climbs from one of the Parkway’s small visitor centers to a designated must-see viewpoint. A rougher path continues on to the wilder summit of Waterrock Knob (6,292 feet).

Waterrock Knob is one of the key viewpoints that recommend the high-altitude southernmost section of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Luckily there are two sides to this steep and strenuous trail that make it a suitable walk for less-than-serious hikers.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Sylva
Distance: 1.2
Elevation Gain: 472 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: The Blue Ridge Parkway 199 Hemphill Knob Road Asheville, NC 28803-8686 (828) 271-4779 (828) 298-0398
Local Maps: USGS Sylva North; no Parkway map available
Driving Directions: Directions to Waterrock Knob Trail-Milepost 451.2

Recent Trail Reviews

9/19/2016
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Phenomenal views and a great workout!


8/13/2007
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This short but steep hike can be completed in the early evening and you can be back down to the parking lot in time to enjoy a spectacular sunset.. During blueberry season, you can snack on your way to the summit. About a fourth of the way up to the summit is a great paved area to stop and take a scenic break. From there if you continue the hike, the trail becomes steep and rough with small boulders along the trail. If you are planning to return for the sunset allow time to complete the hike while there is still light. If you are staying in Maggie Valley this is a great impromptu outing. Mystic Mountain Cabin, our vacation rental cabin, is a great place to stay while touring the area.



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