Shining Rock -
Section 4 Trail
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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.
Overview: 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 2¾ miles further to the auxiliary Big East Fork
parking area, which is unsigned, and on the left before the highway