Shining Rock - North Carolina
Art Loeb Section 4 Trail
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Trailhead and Parking Area Hike Begins Streams Begin First Shady Area Deer Sighting Starting the grind The Climb More Climbing More Climbing 9 Climbing 10 Climbing 11 Climbing 12 Climbing 13 Climbing 14 Climbing 14
This 4.1 mile hike (8.2  round trip) to the Shining Rock outlook was a very strenuous full day hike. The trail is unmarked (as is most trails in this entire area) and you can easily get lost.  I did!!  I've hiked a lot of trails, and I still rate myself in the ametuer category, especially after this hike.  Read and learn from my mistakes by clicking on the "How I got lost" link  below the map.  A very special thanks are in order for our trail guide Woody who also hosted after-hike dinner parties as well as Eddie, who facilitated almost everything over the weekend.  We had a fun and eclectric group of novice to expert hikers (Woody) who took on this difficult day hike all the way to the beautiful Shining Rock lookout.  Other than me panicking at being lost as the sun was setting, it was a fantastic hike.
Shining Rock became one of the original components of the Wilderness System in September 1964. It is the largest Wilderness area in North Carolina. Many mountains in the Wilderness exceed 5,000 feet and three peaks exceed 6,000 feet. The Shining Rock Ledge (or ridge) forms the backbone of this area. A series of high ridges extends east and west from the north-south oriented Shining Rock Ledge.

Directions: The trailhead begins at the Big East Trail parking lot located off US-276, slightly over 21 miles from Brevard, NC.  Depart Brevard on US-276 (US-64) and head north 3.3 miles . Turn left to stay on US-276 and travel 18 miles (crossing the Blueridge Parkway) to arrive at the Big East Trail parking lot. The trailhead coordinates are N35 21.953 W82 49.072. Directions from Pisgah District Ranger Station : From the Pisgah District Ranger Station/Visitor Center parking lot, turn right (north) on US 276. Proceed 14 miles north to, and under, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and then approximately 2 miles further to the auxiliary Big East Fork parking area, which is unsigned, and on the left before the highway bridge.

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