Waterrock Knob Trail-Milepost 4512

Sylva, North Carolina 28779

Waterrock Knob Trail-Milepost 4512

Waterrock Knob Trail-Milepost 451.2 Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Best Easy Day Hikes: Blue Ridge Parkway (Falcon Guides)
Randy Johnson
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"This steep paved path climbs from one of the Parkway’s small visitor centers to a designated must-see viewpoint. The hike continues on a rougher path to the wilder summit of Waterrock Knob (6,292 feet)." Read more
Best Hikes with Dogs: North Carolina (The Mountaineers Books)
Karen Chavez
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"Waterrock Knob is a short trail that seems twice as long as it is, thanks to the steep elevation gain, but the scenery is worth the workout. This is one only for hardy dogs who can climb and hop up and across large rocks. If done in the same day as the Richland Balsam Nature Trail Loop, located 20 miles farther north on the Blue Ridge Parkway, it is a great way to see the scenic, high-elevation area of the parkway and get a good leg stretch for you and the dogs." Read more

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9/19/2016
Phenomenal views and a great workout!
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8/13/2007
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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Trail Information

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

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Dec 2018