Best trails in Shining Rock Wilderness Area

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Looking for a great trail in Shining Rock Wilderness Area, North Carolina? AllTrails has 21 great hiking trails, running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 10 hard trails in Shining Rock Wilderness Area ranging from 8 to 28.5 miles and from 2,145 to 6,210 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Black Balsam Knob via Art Loeb Trail
Shining Rock Wilderness Area
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 50 m
Black Balsam Knob via Art Loeb Trail is a 1.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Canton, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The Show more
#2 - Skinny Dip Falls
Shining Rock Wilderness Area
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 29 m
This is a very easy trail that anyone could hike. The swimming hole is gorgeous. In the summer, if you can go on a weekday morning you can avoid most of the crowds.Show more
#3 - Ivestor Gap Trail to Tennent Mountain and Black Balsam Knob Trail
Shining Rock Wilderness Area
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 2 h 2 m
NOTE: It has been reported that the road to the trailhead is currently closed due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. Offline map is recommended. Users have reporteShow more
#4 - Cold Mountain via Art Loeb Trail
Shining Rock Wilderness Area
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Length: 9.6 mi • Est. 5 h 46 m
Cold Mountain via Art Loeb Trail is a 9.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Canton, North Carolina that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is Show more
#5 - Art Loeb Trail
Shining Rock Wilderness Area
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Length: 28.5 mi • Est. Multi-day
The Art Loeb Trail is one of the longer and more difficult trails in the state, and it's also one of the more popular. The trail serves as a memorial to Art Loeb, a former industrialist and activist fShow more
#6 - Cold Mountain via Art Loeb and Cold Mountain Trail
Shining Rock Wilderness Area
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Length: 17.9 mi • Est. 10 h 19 m
Open hike over balds, with multiple 360 degree views for miles.... The portion of the Art Loeb Trail is most spectacular. Black Balsam and Tennant Mountains both exceed 6,000 feet in elevation. ThShow more
#7 - Big East Fork Trail
Shining Rock Wilderness Area
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 3 h 15 m
Big East Fork Trail is a 6.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Canton, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity optShow more
#8 - Old Butt Knob - Big East Fork Loop
Shining Rock Wilderness Area
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Length: 11.3 mi • Est. 6 h 45 m
Old Butt Knob - Big East Fork Loop is a 11.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Canton, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of acShow more
#9 - Big East Fork and Art Loeb Loop
Shining Rock Wilderness Area
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Length: 18.8 mi • Est. 10 h 22 m
Big East Fork and Art Loeb Loop is a 18.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Canton, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activiShow more
#10 - Daniel Boone Scout Camp Cold Mountain Loop Trail
Shining Rock Wilderness Area
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Length: 14.5 mi • Est. 8 h 38 m
Daniel Boone Scout Camp Cold Mountain Loop Trail is a 14.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Canton, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primaShow more
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