Shining Rock Wilderness Trail

HARD 14 reviews

Shining Rock Wilderness Trail is a 8.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Canton, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
8.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3139 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

camping

hiking

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

hiking
6 days ago

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hiking
2 months ago

Shining creek trail is a great trail following the river the entire way up the mountain. lots of little falls and good pictures.

5 months ago

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10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

I did this full loop a few years back, going up the Shining Creek Trail and back down Old Butt. Nice hike up along a very pretty river. Fun to start from a strong-flowing river all the way uphill to where it begins as a seep. Trail is in good condition, with lots of stead climbing.

At the time I took this hike, it was very easy to get lost at Shining Rock Gap at the top, but they have since added a few signs (in spite of it being a wilderness area) that make it easier to find the trail.

Old Butt was very very rough coming down, and I would not advise going up it, unless you know what you are getting into. I had my dog with me, and I had to help him down many of the very steep sections.

hiking
11 months ago

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Great hike, the views were amazing. Trail is confusing in places especially in the forest. We ordered a map from the forest service, worth every cent. I would not attempt this without a map.

hiking
Saturday, September 20, 2014

hiking
Monday, September 08, 2014

Took an excellent trip up to Shining Rock & had a great time. Hit the Artlobe trail to the top of Shining Rock and also walked to the Upper Falls. BEAUTIFUL AREA. Be aware that it is bear country though. This time of year there are TONS of blueberries and blackberries to pick. Be sure to bring a map as well.

hiking
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Just scraped the surface. but what I saw was beautiful. can't wait to go back when I have time

hiking
Thursday, August 12, 2010

It really is wilderness. Be careful people get lost here every year.