Pinnacle Park

HARD 27 reviews
#4 of 60 trails in

Pinnacle Park is a 6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sylva, NC that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.0 miles 2260 feet Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Great backwoods hike. Very steep and great views. Quite rocky so a great workout.

27 days ago

very steep trail on loose rock. it's worth it to the top though.

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

There are a couple different trails so I never came across the views from some of these pictures. The Pinnacle though is pretty hard up/back. On the top (you'll know you're on top) but too much shrubbery for views.

hiking
1 month ago

One of the most difficult hikes I have done in a while. The climb to the top was about 2 miles of unrelenting hills. There were several areas between some of the sections that leveled off to give you a bit of a breather. Once you get to the top the views are worth the effort. Make sure you bring lots of water and take plenty of breaks.

hiking
2 months ago

it was kinda like walking up a steep off roading trail, but what's important is the top was amazing!

hiking
2 months ago

Very beautiful views at the top of the Pinnacle! Definitely worth it! The trail is very well kept, however almost all of the trail is completely uphill, so bring lots of water and be prepared to take multiple breaks throughout if you're not in tip-top shape (much like I had to do).

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Great workout hike. Straight up for 2 miles mostly levels off after the black rock/Pinnacle split. About 1:15 up to pinnacle. Having little rain this summer has kept the waterfalls to a trickle by end of summer. The view s somewhat shrouded by foliage even after you walk through the bushes at the top.

trail running
3 months ago

Fantastic hike, 2100 foot elevation gain though makes you earn it. Map my ride had it at exactly 7 miles round-trip from the parking lot to the pinnacles. Definitely not a loop trail, unless I missed the loop. "Trailrun" is avbit of a stretch as the first 2 miles are straight up. The trail was wide, reminds me of an old logging road or ATV trail. Lots of rocks especially on the lower mile and a half, but no tree roots. There is a creek with small waterfalls/rapids in the 1st mile but then you get above that.

Absolutely key feature is when you get to the end of the trail, look for the gap in the rhododendrons to the left. It's kind of marked. That leads you from a semi obstructed 360 view toward the end of the trail, to the absolutely dropdead spectacular 360 view from the pinnacles themselves. The cut in the rhododendrons is only about 30 yards or so long, but definitely worth the extra couple yards after the 3 1/2 miles to get there. Thank you to the other reviewers the pointed that out.

6 months ago

Lots of creek and waterfalls. Strenuous, and very rocky paths.

hiking
6 months ago

Super friendly hike. Totally worth going to both Blackrock and Pinnacle

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

this is a steep rocky trail climbing 2800 feet in 3.6 miles to blackrock via the west fork. at the junction for the pinnacle you hang a right and things level off for about a mile. you will see the sign for blackrock and there is a steep scramble up to the ridge. soon you get to the summit boulder where you can see the ridge running across to yellowface and waterrock knob. very serene and beautiful up here. the next time i am going to try the east fork which is a bit shorter. be sure to bring a hiking pole.

8 months ago

1 year ago

Agree with what other reviewer Eric Scott already said. I would not have found the 360 degree views if my dog hadn't helped me find the start of the narrow rhododendron lined path--be persistent! It's so worth it.

hiking
1 year ago

This is a steep and rocky one, but one of my favorites. Not far from Sylva, very easy to find

trail running
1 year ago

Ran it today......it was brutal and amazingly beautiful. I grew up 15 minutes from the trailhead. Do it. You will not regret it.

camping
1 year ago

Steep hike

hiking
1 year ago

Like many others here have said, it's a pretty relentless incline that just seems to keep going and going until you hit the fork for Pinnacle and Blackrock. There are some small plateaus on the way up, but are very short, but definitely helped me catch my breath. I did this hike today, December 10th. The dusting of snow along the trail that levels out towards Pinnacle was absolutely beautiful. The thick rhododendron amidst a very narrow trail will lead you to your reward for your hard work. I would post pictures of the view, but I wouldn't want to spoil it. It's absolutely worth the physical demands.