Shining Creek Path to Shining Rock is a 8.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Canton, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October.

8.4 miles
2,801 feet
Out & Back



nature trips




wild flowers

2 months ago

First, ignore the review that a five year old did this trail! No way! It is a great ascent, but strenuous from mile two to the Art Loeb trail or another 2 Miles. Some 40% grades in the final two miles. Getting to the top is another .5 Miles, but worth it. Have AllTrails loaded and you will need it. The trail is very confusing at the bottom and especially at the top!

Also the first two mile of the descent is actually harder than the ascent! Lots of loose rocks, exposed roots, it’s Billy Goat country! This last for the first two miles of the descent and it’s very tedious, one wrong step and you twisted your ankle.

This is not a moderate hike, with 40% grades and the technical problems on the descent.. this is a tough hike.

The quartz field at the top is very cool and worth seeing, have your map or u won’t find it!

5 months ago

Its not the easiest trail I've ever hiked, but its not hard either. My son 5 did fine hiking this trail. It gets steep in a few places but mostly it is gradual slopes and beautiful views.