Waterrock Knob Trail

MODERATE 133 reviews
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Waterrock Knob Trail is a 0.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Waynesville, 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

0.9 miles
439 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



nature trips




wild flowers


Loved it. Went 3 times.

1 day ago

Wonderful views! A great short, little hike. The uphill is definitely a little challenging, but once you get to the top, it's worth it! Towards the top it becomes a little rocky with some really big steps, so take your time and wear good hiking shoes. My little dog enjoyed the walk too, but he was more excited for the downhill part. We went on a rainy day and got to see fog and rain on the other mountain tops, it was mesmerizing!

2 days ago

Was a fun hike. Plane is easy to find. Follow the trail to the left of the big steps leading to waterrock knob. Follow the yellow dots on the trees to the top of the mountain top. You will know it when you reach it. It’s the highest point. Take a trail from the top to the left down about 100 yards. There lies the plane !!

5 days ago

Very steep trail, but so beautiful. Our dog loved it as well... would definitely hike this again.

17 days ago

So it’s extremely beautiful and yes the hike uphill is challenging but well worth it. I also ventured out a couple of miles looking for that plane that’s crashed but I had no luck finding it but I caught the best views along the way. I wouldn’t call the trail up to mount Lowry I think it’s called easy but it’s doable. Lol. I am now resting for the rest of the day after trying to find that plane idk if I’d even recommend going to look for it.

28 days ago

Great short hike! Very strenuous for the first of the season. Got the blood pumping!

1 month ago

Simply can not describe in words adequately. Must see in person to understand.

3 months ago

Beautiful! The way to the trail was gorgeous and the views at the top were great. Short but steep.

5 months ago

Great hike. Family friendly.

5 months ago

Wonderful, short and steep. Great views all seasons. Note, visitor center and bathrooms were closed

7 months ago

Awesome hike with great views. once you get to the top, there is a trail that veers left (follow the orange tags in the trees). It leads to a twin engine Cessna (plane crash) that happened in 1983. Its a good 20 minutes down that trail at a steady pace. If you follow the top of the ridge, you will come to big grey stones (3-4 feet high). One of the stones had a memorial plaque on it. Make a 90 degree turn and take the little trail directly next to the plaque. Follow the trail down the hill and to the left (less than 5 minutes). The plane is there.

7 months ago

This tops my list of hikes done so far - spectacular views, a nice parking area, visitor center, and connections to the Mountains to Sea Trail if you want to add on to your day. Even if you didn’t want to hike, the views from the parking lot are worth the drive. We heard about an offshoot trail near the top that leads to a spot overlooking a plane that went down a long time ago but I think we turned around too soon. Next time we’ll push on a little further.

7 months ago

Definitely worth the steep climb!

7 months ago

Stunning hike - we waited an hour or so until the weather broke (low clouds washing over the mountain with little visibility for distance viewing) The clouds brushed the foliage with ice creating a winter wonderland but no ice on the trail. Only silhouettes of trees at the summit due to the weather but coming back down the clouds began to break revealing stunning long views. Thirty minutes out (depending of course how often you stop to take in the views). Steep - for anyone with heart issues please take your time as it will pump your heart rate. Highly recommend this hike!

7 months ago

Steep towards the top. Quick and easy if you don’t have a lot of time. Great views from multiple spots on the way to the top. Nice clearing at the top to relax and snap a few photos. Great for dogs as well!

8 months ago

A short but steep hike with very rewarding views. Absolutely beautiful!

8 months ago

Steep but the view was worth it

9 months ago

Good trip up and back. Fairly steep but so worth it

9 months ago

We went here 9/3/17 and it was a beautiful day. The hike up was a sweatmaker and breathtaker. It will remind you to go hiking more often because the views along the way and at the end are totally worth it! You can see downtown Asheville, Hemphill Bald, Maggie Valley, Cataloochee Ski Resort, and Mt. Sterling on one side and then Jackson County area, Soco Valley, Cherokee, and the Harrah's casino on the other.

Definitely worth it- don't stop and turn around. There's also a hike to Mt Lyn Lowry blazed with yellow spray paint if you know where to look.

9 months ago

This is a DIFFICULT trail for the average person! You think a 1/2 mile trail is easy but gaining 450 feet in a half mile was brutal! There are a lot of dogs on the trail and unfortunately people are not always picking up after them which was the cause of some unpleasant smells (it was not human waste as one reviewer stated). I would have expected from a "knob" to have a 360 degree view or close to it but unfortunately that was not the case. Needs a little more maintenance.

9 months ago

NOTE: this is an update in response to Theresa Bird's review that said there wasn't any human feces on the trail. Clearly, this person has little or no hiking/camping experience. Dogs don't wipe with leaves or napkins and deposit them on the trail. Also, anyone with a sense of smell knows the difference. This is simply a fact, and if you hike it you'll experience it.

This trail is heavily trafficked in summertime (especially on weekends) and the site suffers because of it. Great views from the visitors center at the base of the trail and the top...that is if you can ignore the human feces along the trail. I counted 8 piles of crap on or just off the path to the summit - I noticed numerous stable flies in several more places but had no desire to investigate further.

Then there was the cigarette butts I saw at the summit and the people smoking during their hike. Disgusting.

I was with my wife so I tried a popular little hike along BLP and I'll never do it again. If you're a true nature lover then avoid this area along with other popular places along the Trail.

11 months ago

The overlook on the knob is small and crowded in the Summer. Honestly the parking lot has a more panoramic view, much better for photography. The parkway is closed all winter. It's best to go in the fall to see the leaves and mountain ash berries.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Great little trail with stunning views! Worth the beautiful scenic drive along the blue ridge parkway! It is all uphill but short so it's bearable!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Great hike with beautiful views

Monday, May 15, 2017

Views are amazing! While the trail is shorter; it is uphill on the whole way out, so it is still a challenge. Will be going back.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Loved it! The drive up is pretty incredible. There is a nice visitor's center with clean and adequate bathrooms. The hike up is definitely a steep climb but there are So many breathtaking views and opportunities to take a breather (which you will need!) Once you Finally make it to the top it is Exquisite! The trail itself is well maintained, more rocky at the top but managable and so worth it.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

We love the views along the way as well as from the top.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Awesome views!!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Steep hike! Beautiful views.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Short, sweet, and gorgeous. If you want a secluded hike, this isn't for you, as it is highly trafficked. There are picnic tables at the bottom and bathrooms, making it a nice touristy stop on the parkway. The park Rangers on staff were helpful and provided recommendations for other hikes in the area along with a map.

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