John Rock Loop

Waynesville, North Carolina 28738

John Rock Loop

John Rock Loop Professional Review and Guide

"This hike takes you to the top of John Rock, a granite dome rising above the Pisgah National Forest. From John Rock you can see its more popular “big brother” Looking Glass Rock and mountains beyond.

Begin at an informative wildlife center and interesting fish hatchery, following the Davidson River. Turn up at a tributary, then begin an unbroken ascent to John Rock’s naked top and a worthwhile panorama."

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Trail Information

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Trail Type
3.5 hours
Pisgah National Forest, Pisgah Ranger District, 1001 Pisgah Hwy., Pisgah Forest, NC 28768, (828) 877-3265,
Local Contacts
National Geographic #780 Pisgah Ranger District; USGS Shining Rock
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