Waterrock Knob Trail is a 1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Sylva, NC that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from April until October.
A very popular trail...but for a good reason. It is short and steep (my track was about a half mile and 450 feet to the top). The first two thirds of the trail is not difficult...the beginning even being paved. It is just the last section where it gets a little rocky. And the views are amazing all the way up, particularly on the beautiful fall afternoon I visited! It is located at mile 451.2, with a large parking area, restrooms, picnic tables and a nice visitor center.
Beautiful vistas almost entire way to top. So worth the effort to get to top. Beautiful drive to a very nice trail head with breathtaking views and restroom facilities. A very doable trail for novice.
Beautiful and breathtaking views the entire trail. The trail is very short but very steep in some spots.
Haven't been hiking in quite a while. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Last half is kind of rough but well worth it. Scenery is beautiful.
very nice, moderately hard hike. The last half of trail might be considered challenging for inexperienced hikers, but my family enjoyed it. The view at the top is worth the walk.
Hilly and difficult but beautiful.
Beautiful views from the top!
Trail goes up and second half was rocky. Definitely recommend carrying hiking staff and good shoes. Views are spectacular.
Fun medium hike. Views were awesome.
I'm a very inexperienced hiker and this trail was not difficult for me at all.
the trail to yellow face was totally overgrown so i decided to do waterrock instead. the rhododendrons were impressive as were the spruce and fir trees. the trail was a bit muddy due to the recent heavy rains and the temps even in june were quite chilly with the 20 knot winds. the top section is a bit rugged with plenty of rock stairs to climb. nice views as you would expect from 6200 feet up. i also checked out the browning knob trail .. much too steep for this 60 year old .. maybe some other time.
This hike will burn some calories. Great views as you make your way up higher and higher. The hike is worth it as the top is majestic.
Love this trail! I have to say though that it feels a bit longer than a mile and it is a moderate, uphill, quite steep trail. I'm new to the hiking world and wasn't prepared to hike this one, didn't bring water, just grabbed my camera, thinking it wouldn't take that long. THIS hike taught me to never assume, and ALWAYS bring water! As you get closer to the summit, it gets rockier, but the trail is well kept and the rocky steps aren't too difficult to climb. The summit is small but the view is breathtaking!!! The hike down is a really nice reward. I actually can't wait to hike it again!
Nice trail, great views