Pinnacle Park

HARD 132 reviews

Pinnacle Park is a 7.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sylva, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2542 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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

hiking
21 days ago

If you were to look up the word "leisurely" this would definitely not be the definition of it. But besides the challenges of rocky terrain and steep climbs this is a very rewarding hike with an even more rewarding view once you summit.

1 month ago

A pretty strenuous trail but the view is spectacular. The trail can be muddy and features large loose rocks which can make the climb a little tougher. A great trail to hike since it’s so close to Sylva, and grabbing a beer after at Innovation brewing is a must!

walking
4 months ago

Not too exciting to get to the viewpoint as it is mainly fire roads. It’s more a walk than a hike. It is only the last 100 yards and a fraction of the east fork that is hiking. Got up there mid December so it was pretty snowy but not worse than I could do it with sneakers. It takes about 2.5h if you stay for a snack and enjoy the view.

camping
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

As everyone else has said, steep incline that is quite challenging the first 2-2.5 miles. The views at the top are absolutely worth it!

hiking
5 months ago

The other reviewers are 100% accurate when they say the elevation gain in this hike is relentless. First 2.5 miles took forever and were grueling. There were multiple large trees down across the trail which need some agility skills to get over. Overlook was beautiful and I was the only one up there which added to the serenity. Hike down was very rocky and hard on the knees. I really wanted some trekking poles. My Garmin watch clocked the hike in at 8.4 miles so a bit longer than the app says.

5 months ago

Great trail! Great views!

5 months ago

Beautiful view sooo worth the hike!!! Go all the way to the point on the rocks!

hiking
6 months ago

Relentless uphill. We used WestRock route. Views from Pinnacle were breathtaking. We traversed towards Black Rock. Trail uphill was not clearly marked. In clouds so no biew. Descent was difficult. There was rain so we slid a lot. Went back to Fisher Creek parking lot via East Fork. Section of trail was narrow and slippery. Great day...over 12 miles total of hiking.

hiking
6 months ago

Hike is appropriately rated as Hard. The 3.5 mile ascent via the West Loop to the Pinnacle is all uphill and relentless. Unlike other hikes where the climb consists of a series of steps via rock formation or staircase, this is simply a steel grade slope scattered with loose stones the entire way. Lots of trees down from the tropical storm a few weeks ago. Many friendly chipmunks and dark eyes juncos along the way. The view from the Pinnacle was breathtaking!

7 months ago

Very steep with tons of loose rock. Lots of lovely water which my fur children appreciate. Amazing views.

hiking
7 months ago

Initial climb is relentless. Not the steepest, but no breaks make for a challenging ascent. By the time you get to the small waterfall you will be mostly done with the climb at which point the trail levels off nicely. Pinnacle Peak is outstanding, even though I ascended in the rain, the 360 degree panorama was stunning. The Black Rock offshoot starts easily and quickly becomes relentlessly difficult, by the time I finished the rain had completely moved in masking any chance I had of a view. The descent was complicated by the loose rocks which scattered the trail. Not the most difficult descent, but certainly not the easiest. Overall the ascent was difficult, but the time spent at elevation was a pleasant respite, the view from Pinnacle was among the best I've seen

hiking
8 months ago

Awesome view at the end! Very strenuous.

hiking
8 months ago

Reviews were spot on.
Sore muscles on the way up, and sore knees on the way down.

Worth every step.

8 months ago

this trail will test your boots!!
make sure they fit well and you won't regret this one!

9 months ago

The west fork there and back is faster but kind of boring. The east fork is absolutely worth taking. It is outstanding.

9 months ago

Crushing

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike! Challenging going up as it was pretty steep. And challenging going down with the steepness! So much fun and beautiful that the challenging part did not seem that bad. I took my two dogs and they did great and we brought a lunch and had a fantastic day :-)

There are a lot of loose rocks so be careful when you are climbing. There are also a lot of beautiful streams and waterfalls to take breaks and have lunch and just enjoy.

hiking
9 months ago

If you're looking for a workout than this trail is for you. The west fork trail is rocky and steep once you hit the trail leading to the pinnacle it flatens out. The Pinnacle trail dead ends so if you never been there before you might miss the trail that goes to the summit. At the end of the trail look to the left for the little trail, follow that trail for a few hundred feet and it will open up to overlook Sylva. The Black rock trail on the other hand is very steep. It's only .6 miles but it will kick your but. Again this trail will come to a big rock and you will think its over but the trail goes around the big rock. Follow this to black rock for some spectacular views. Bring plenty of water for either of these trails.

hiking
10 months ago

Fantastic view. Nice trail but steep!

hiking
10 months ago

The trail is tough and steep in parts, but the view is well worth the effort. Even then the climb isn't terribly challenging for people with moderate experience.

hiking
Sunday, April 02, 2017

Steep with loose rocks at the start but the views are worth the work! We hiked on our way out of town on a Sunday afternoon and saw maybe 3 other groups hiking out. We recommend!

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Definitely one of the toughest hikes I've ever done. Well worth it once you get to the top! Don't let the shrubbery fool you once you get there, walk through it to see the sweeping, unobstructed views!

hiking
Thursday, February 23, 2017

I do not like hiking roads, especially when they're covered with rolling rocks, so this trail was not for me. The road was very steep. Once an actual trail starts, the good climbing is over. Many streams to cross, so be prepared for wet feet. The view at the end is directly over a town, but I enjoyed the fauna at the top. Many different kinds of moss. As much as I hated it, overall it was a good workout.

hiking
Friday, February 03, 2017

I hike somewhat often, and I just want it to be known, this hike is hard. It may have been the hardest hike I've ever been on. In a good way of course, and the view at the end is definitely worth it. You work for it though.

The hike up is all uphill, a constant incline. I made it up in an hour and a half. I stayed for sunset and beyond to take some astro photos and hiked back down at night. The hike down is much better, all downhill, and hiking at night is always enjoyable.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

It was a long hike but definitely worth the view at the top.

hiking
Monday, January 16, 2017

Difficult and rocky trail. Very scenic especially when you reach the pinnacle. Went with my husband and my adult kids who had done the hike before so knew to go,through the rhododendrons to get to the top. Beautiful!

hiking
Sunday, January 15, 2017

Awesome trail. Steep and rocky but even the kids enjoyed themselves. Beautiful views! Will be back often.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

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

hiking
Tuesday, November 01, 2016

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.

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