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.
dogs on leash
Great backwoods hike. Very steep and great views. Quite rocky so a great workout.
it was kinda like walking up a steep off roading trail, but what's important is the top was amazing!
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).
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.
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.
Lots of creek and waterfalls. Strenuous, and very rocky paths.
Super friendly hike. Totally worth going to both Blackrock and Pinnacle
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.
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.
This is a steep and rocky one, but one of my favorites. Not far from Sylva, very easy to find
Ran it today......it was brutal and amazingly beautiful. I grew up 15 minutes from the trailhead. Do it. You will not regret it.
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.
Good trail, great workout. Several options and not to large of crowd
Went for a second visit on Aug 10th. There were a couple of blowdowns, we took care of the smaller ones with a handsaw. It was cloudy and misty all day and we missed the view but it was still a great experience being up amidst the clouds.
The trail is in great shape. Just a few spots are wet enough to be muddy. Since the leaves have not yet grown back on the trees there are some beautiful views visible right now. Also because there are no leaves most of the trail received a lot of sunlight. At the top of the Pinnacle Point branch of the trail there are beautiful views, but the surrounding trees partially obscure some of them.
The steep, rocky trail up the west to the intersection was challenging for those us out of practice, but the trail levels off out to the pinnacle from there. Once through the overgrown narrow path out to the rocks the view is breathtaking. Definitely recommend this trip.