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Recommended Routes in Shining Rock Wilderness Area - 4

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Favorite Keep heading down to the left as you pass the giant quartz rocks
Difficult

Art Loeb - Little East Fork Loop

12.3 mi 19.8 km 2,659' Up 810.48 m Up 2,669' Down 813.37 m Down

Clyde, NC
Favorite Cold Mountain, NC (6,030 ft)
Intermediate/Difficult

Cold Mountain Out-and-Back

10.4 mi 16.8 km 2,724' Up 830.26 m Up 2,724' Down 830.18 m Down

Clyde, NC
Favorite Turn right to go up Old Butt Knob (staying straight keeps you on Shining Creek trail)
Difficult

Hap Nin Half-ish Marathon (Shining Rock Loop)

13.3 mi 21.4 km 3,106' Up 946.86 m Up 3,101' Down 945.1 m Down

Canton, NC
Favorite Middle Prong Wilderness near the Blue Ridge Parkway
Intermediate

Lickstone Gap Road

3.8 mi 6.1 km 490' Up 149.21 m Up 489' Down 149.17 m Down

Hazelwood, NC

Shining Rock Wilderness Area Hiking

  • 112 Miles 180 Kilometers of Trail
  • 5 Recommended Routes
  • 0 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 12 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 5 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Shining Rock Wilderness Area - 12

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7.2 mi 11.5 km #1Fork Mountain
Difficult
Hazelwood, NC
Difficult
Hazelwood, NC
3.6 mi 5.9 km #2Old Butt Knob Trail #100
Difficult
Canton, NC
Difficult
Canton, NC 11 
3.5 mi 5.6 km #3Big East Fork Trail
Intermediate
Canton, NC
Intermediate
Canton, NC
5.7 mi 9.2 km #4Little East Fork
Difficult
Clyde, NC
Difficult
Clyde, NC
5.3 mi 8.5 km #5Green Mountain Trail
Very Difficult
Hazelwood, NC
Very Difficult
Hazelwood, NC
4.2 mi 6.8 km #6Shining Creek Path
Intermediate/Difficult
Canton, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Canton, NC
3.1 mi 5.1 km #7Greasy Cove Trail
Difficult
West Canton, NC
Difficult
West Canton, NC
1.5 mi 2.4 km #8Cold Mountain Trail
Difficult
West Canton, NC
Difficult
West Canton, NC
4.0 mi 6.4 km #9Ivestor Gap #101
Intermediate
West Canton, NC
Intermediate
West Canton, NC
3.5 mi 5.6 km #10Graveyard Ridge Trail
Intermediate
Brevard, NC
Intermediate
Brevard, NC
0.1 mi 0.2 km #11Shining Rock Access Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
West Canton, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
West Canton, NC
1.1 mi 1.8 km #12Bridges Camp Gap Trail
Intermediate
Brevard, NC
Intermediate
Brevard, NC

Photos of Shining Rock Wilderness Area - 30

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Fall frost atop Black Balsam Knob
Jul 25, 2017 near West Ca…, NC
More great views
Mar 20, 2022 near Clyde, NC
First great views
Mar 20, 2022 near Clyde, NC
Head right to go up to Shining Rock, left to keep heading down towards Art Loeb/giant quartz rocks
Jul 5, 2019 near West Ca…, NC
Keep heading down to the left as you pass the giant quartz rocks
Jul 5, 2019 near West Ca…, NC
Turn right to go up Old Butt Knob (staying straight keeps you on Shining Creek trail)
Jul 5, 2019 near Canton, NC
Cold Mountain, NC (6,030 ft)
Jul 2, 2018 near West Ca…, NC
Viewpoint off Old Butt Knob Trail
Apr 30, 2018 near Canton, NC