Shining Rock Loop from Black Balsam Road

MODERATE 2 reviews

Shining Rock Loop from Black Balsam Road is a 18.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Big East Fork, 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 March until October.

DISTANCE
18.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4721 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Did this in reverse of what is shown. MST was a little rough at the start but it got better. Had some trouble connecting to the Bridges Camp Gap Trail, no markings. Got the the river a little early and had to bushwhack a little down stream. Once near the stream, we had great views good camping sites etc. Met ha hiker near Big East Fork who gave us some good advice, take Shinning Creek NOT Old Butt. Glad we took his advice. After getting home and reading more on Old Butt I think we make the right decision. Spent our time at Shinning Rock and Laurel Flats picking Blueberries. Hiked out on Art Loeb. Good hike!