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Shope Creek Rock Knob Loop is a 3.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Asheville, North Carolina that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 3.7 mi Elevation gain 1,338 ft Route type Loop
Dog friendly Hiking Nature trips Running Forest Wildlife Muddy Scramble
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This loop is a wooded hike. Very steep in two sections. The trail is not well worn/defined in places. Offline map is recommended. Users have reported that the trails are not marked well.

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Alexis Humphries
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Jake Andrews
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Hiking

Great views at the top of the ridge. Terribly maintained no markers whatsoever. There is no service here so it is very difficult to stay on the trail. Not family or pet friendly, it had multiple extremely steep areas both going up & coming down.

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Judi Schultze
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james wynn
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Steep on first and last thirds. Nice trail. Not many views but very serene trail.

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Andrew Ken
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Seamus Potter
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Toby Schaffer
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Kaitlin B
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HikingBugsOver grownRocky

This is definitely a trail that's more about the challenge than any trek for a view, which is fine. There are a couple of hints of views towards the top but overall very challenging. The descent was the hardest part. Lots of bugs but it is July. The end was incredibly overgrown and aggravating to get through. Be very careful since you can't always see where you're stepping. It was an okay hike but would've been better with clearer marked trails and less overgrowth. It is an absolute must to download the map! There are so many offshoots and it would be very difficult to find your way back to the right path without the map.

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Tom Burre
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HikingMuddy

Took four hours to do with my six and 10-year-old kids. We had a great time. Good water, creek stuff down low. Fun adventures up high. Bring a map or download a map. Lots of trails you could take by accident. No cell phone service until you’re on the ridge

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Jessica Blevins
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Matthew Leggat
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I love this trail! If you do the entire eight miles, there is one great overlook. The real fun is the challenge! At a few points, the grade is easily 20%. The Forest is thick and lush the entire hike, and there are several water crossing on the lower section. If you stay to the left, the entire time, you will cover around eight miles. There are several trails that cut across the main loop, so you can easily adjust your distance as you like. There is also a stem, at the top of the loop, that will connect you with the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Mountains-to- Sea Trail.

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Matthew Lazarus
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Great trail but steep and not well marked.

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Joe Young
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HikingMuddyRocky

Really like this area lots of ways to hike it and you can make it a 8 mile hike by taking all the left hand trails (or all right), getting up on the ridge, and walking the ridge line and coming down at the last trial down. Very nice steep hike. Trails are in general agreement with All Trails maps but not total. Also you will get NO cell service until the ridge line, so down load the map. My iPhone GPS is OK at locating me on the off line map. Certainly you will not get lost. Can also walk to the parkway at Lane Pinnacle.

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Nathan Goddard
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Lovely hike. Definitely a steep incline. Good for the heart.

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Anna Klein
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HikingMuddyRocky

From the parking lot, I took a trail going clockwise. I was not initially on this exact loop trail as there are many offshoots and connector trails. There are parts that are extremely steep. If you, your hiking partner and/or dogs are not in good condition, I would not recommend this trail. We did make it finally to the intended loop trail and had a couple areas of pretty outlooks but it’s not like you come to a Ridgeline or have amazing views the entire hike. I would do this again since it’s an area that is easily accessible and close to where I live, and just explore different trails. Note: trails are not really marked and I think it would be easy to get lost. We definitely needed this alltrails app for assistance.

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Lauren Miller
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Steep in parts but a beautiful walk through the woods!

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Emily Dalton
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I loved this trail! Nice vertical push and the sound of the creek always near by!

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Nic Chance
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Was a great trail with an enjoyable 400ft scramble. No clear vantage points but had some great lookouts.

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Calvin Chu
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HikingOver grownRocky

Good day hike not far from Asheville. Steep inclines which flatten out on top, which made a great challenge (it’s not too bad). Hiked during the winter, so leaves on the ground made it a bit difficult to see trail forks. You can catch long range Mountain View’s up top.

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Adam Harris
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