Shining Creek Path to Shining Rock

MODERATE 27 reviews

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.

Distance: 8.4 miles Elevation Gain: 2,801 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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15 days ago

Strenuous but certainly doable hike. The last mile of the trail is hard to follow and unmarked, so make sure you have a map and the trail downloaded on AllTrails.

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7 months ago

It's stunning! Pay attention so you can find your way out. Lots of little paths to distract.

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Sun Oct 07 2018

Beautiful trail, really enjoyed a tough and fun hike! Didn’t get all the way up to shining rock because the rocks got slick and got confused many times because trees were down, but overall a wonderful hike

Mon Aug 27 2018

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!

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Sun Jun 03 2018

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.

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