Shining Creek Trail and Old Butt Knob Trail

Picture of view from on top of Shining Rock

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Date Hiked: 8/1/92

Length: 9.6 miles

Type: backtrack

Difficulty: 4

Scenery: 3

Blaze: none

Main Features: cascades along Shining Creek, Shining Rock, views from Shining Rock, and partial views along Old Butt Knob Trail

Location: Shining Rock Wilderness, North Carolina

From the intersection of highway 276 and the Blue Ridge Parkway, drive northwest on 276 for 2.9 miles to the Big East Fork parking lot on the left. (The parking lot is directly after a bridge.) The trail begins just behind the information board at the back of the parking lot.

Approximate Altitude Changes
Ascend 2,550 feet to the Old Butt Knob Trailhead
Descend 2,550 feet to Big East Fork Parking Area
Total Ascent: 2,550 feet

0.0 parking lot
0.2 stream
0.3 go right at fork
0.4 go right at fork
0.5 trail comes in on right (remember so as not to turn here on return trip)
0.7 Old Butt Knob trail joins on right at top of small hill
(you will come down Old Butt Knob Trail on the return trip)
0.9 reach Shining Creek
1.1 stream
1.2 stream
1.7 potentially wet crossing of Daniels Creek
(right after crossing look right for view of waterfall)
1.9 go right at fork and begin steep ascent
2.1 log bridge
2.9 cross stream and bear left
(ignore faint trail on right directly before stream)
3.1-3.3 minor trail relocations may cause confusion, continue following
trails upstream where they again become one trail heading upstream
3.5 stream, then right switchback
3.6 log bridge
left switchback
3.7 log bridge
3.8 log bridge
turn right in small clearing
4.0 turn left at tree with two old rectangles carved
in the bark and head straight up the hill
4.1 turn right on Art Loeb Trail
4.2 Shining Rock Gap (clearing)
continue straight across right side of clearing and take
the center trail of the three, the one that's sandy
4.3 Shining Rock
Go along right side of rock and climb up to the left at any of several spurs.
4.3-5.0 explore around Shining Rock Gap and Shining Rock
From Shining Rock, continue several paces up the Art Loeb Trail and
turn right on any of several faint spur trails. After several yards you
will dead end into the rocky rut that used to be the Art Loeb Trail.
Turn left, then take the first distinct rut-trail to the right.
5.0 turn right on Old Butt Knob Trail
5.6 bear slightly right across grassy area filled with spur trails
(The correct trail is a rut hidden beneath the grass on the far
side of the clearing. To the left is a marshy area.)
6.8 begin descent
8.7 good sitting log on left
8.8 turn L on Shining Creek Trail
9.6 car


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