Best bird watching trails in Shining Rock Wilderness Area, North Carolina

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Explore the most popular bird watching trails in Shining Rock Wilderness Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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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
#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
Offline map is recommended. Users have reported that the trails are not marked well and the last section is "Closed due to Erosion."Show more
#4 - 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 from the Carolina Mountain Club, and a man who "deeply loved these mountains." Traveling mainly along peaks and ridges rather than in the valleys, the trail offers many views along the way to its lofty high points. It skirts along the southwestern rim of the Davidson River valley, then skips across some of the highest peaks in the Black Balsam area before descending Cold Mountain to the Daniel Boone Scout Camp. It takes the hiker to some of the finest scenery to be found in Pisgah, and you'll view or cross many of the landmark mountains in the region. Many folks use this trail for an extended backpacking trip (at least 3-4 days) and plenty of campsites along the trail will facilitate that kind of trip. Others use shorter sections of the trail for day hikes, or use connecting trails to form loops.Show more
#5 - Big East Fork Trail
Shining Rock Wilderness Area
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 3 h 15 m
#6 - Old Butt Knob - Big East Fork Loop
Shining Rock Wilderness Area
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Length: 11.3 mi • Est. 6 h 45 m
Users have reported that this trail is not well-marked. It is recommended that you download offline maps before arriving at the trailhead.Show more
#7 - Big East Fork and Art Loeb Loop
Shining Rock Wilderness Area
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Length: 18.8 mi • Est. 10 h 22 m
#8 - Shining Rock via Ivestor Gap Trail
Shining Rock Wilderness Area
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Length: 9.3 mi • Est. 3 h 45 m
#9 - Shining Rock via Shining Creek to Old Butt Knob Trail
Shining Rock Wilderness Area
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Length: 8 mi • Est. 5 h 20 m
#10 - Shining Rock Loop
Shining Rock Wilderness Area
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Length: 17.8 mi • Est. 9 h 53 m
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