Shining Creek Trail

Picture of mossy rocks along Shining Creek Trail

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Date Hiked: 4/20/91

Length: 5.8 miles

Type: backtrack

Difficulty: 3

Scenery: 3

Blaze: none

Main Features: Shining Creek

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 Change
Ascend 1,250 feet to turn-around point

0.0 parking lot
0.1 stream crossing
0.2 stream crossing
stream crossing
(ignore frequent spurs going left and right)
0.3 bear right at fork
0.4 bear right at fork
0.8 gain top of small hill and junction with Old Butt Knob Trail on right
1.0 reach Shining Creek
(from here on you follow the right side of Shining Creek)
1.2 stream
1.3 stream
1.9 potentially wet crossing of Daniel Creek
(look upstream for partial views of a waterfall)
2.0 stream
2.2 bear right at fork
2.7 stream
2.9 turn-around point
(I was forced to turn around prematurely due to a
violent storm with heavy rain, lightning, and wind.)


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