Waterrock Knob Trail

MODERATE 179 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 but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
0.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
439 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

1 day ago

If you get a chance to hike this trail don’t pass it up.

hiking
11 days ago

Steep and challenging, but the view from the top is worth it. I was able to get some of the best Milky Way photos of my life from the top at night.

16 days ago

Very steep on the way up.
Went to browning knob as well and to the plane crash. The kids liked to see the plane. The mud and slick rocks would make it a little rough at times for kids or older hikers.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a quick, steep hike up to the top that will get your heart pumping. Pretty heavily trafficked trail but when we went we got to see why they're called the Smoky Mountains because the mists filled the valleys below all the way to the top. Still beautiful though.

1 month ago

Lots of uphill but worth it

hiking
1 month ago

This is a steep trail. It is dog-friendly but it can be very tough on many dogs. It is very rocky and sandy most of the way up and is going to be a tough go of it for older or unconditioned dogs. I guess this goes for people too. Even better trails that both come off of the paved part of this trail is the MST in either direction.

hiking
1 month ago

Steep trail, but worth the view. Beautiful flowers and butterflies along the way.

hiking
1 month ago

Took two older dogs on this trail. Had to fireman carry them back down. Great views otherwise.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a great hike and it’s a half mile to the top. It is steep and you ascend 480 ft in that half mile. The first half is paved and the second half is a dirt/rock stair trail. About half way up at the end of the paved trail is a viewing platform(if you don’t want to make the trek to the top).

2 months ago

So fabulous that we come back every year!

2 months ago

Good trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Short easy hike great for a sunset view.

2 months ago

Favorite easy summit in the area, especially at sunset.

hiking
2 months ago

Very steep but short hike up to some great views. Starts at a visitors center parking lot so a little more crowded than other trails but worth it. The Mountain to Sea Trail also joins up here so you can add some distance by following their white blazed trail along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

3 months ago

Worth the view! Smells like Christmas going up

hiking
3 months ago

This hike is a nice short hike but it is straight up

hiking
3 months ago

My husband, dog, and I did this 1.5 times yesterday (we came back a second time after the second hike we attempted had no parking near it). It has ample parking and restrooms due to the visitor center/ranger station at trailhead. We really enjoyed this hike - but will warn you, it is a workout, as most of the hike is an uphill climb.

3 months ago

Nice little hike. Pretty steep to start, but worth it at the top. Beautiful views. My 8 & 11 year old completed this with us easily.

3 months ago

Did not seem very hard to us, a little steep but easily manageable. Perfect hike to a great view, total time there was 45 minutes.

3 months ago

Beautiful view...well worth the hike

hiking
3 months ago

Great morning hike. My 5 and 3 year olds could do it fine and loved it!

3 months ago

Great trail! Went to the top then to the plane crash. Trail to the plane crash was a little rough but totally worth it!

3 months ago

Definitely recommend this hike. Beautiful drive to the trailhead and not too difficult to Waterrock Knob. There is a unofficial trail from Waterrock Knob to Browning Knob called the Balsam Traverse. Very Beautiful ridgeline hike but dont attempt unless your an experienced hiker. Also easy to get lost so look for the blazes on the trees if you do this hike.

3 months ago

Loved it. Went 3 times.

hiking
3 months 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!

3 months 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 !!

4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months 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.

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

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

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