Sylva, North Carolina

Hike to Waterrock Knob

1.2 Miles Total - 412 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally added by Nathan Szwarc

Hike up a short but steep trail with views the whole way, and an outstanding view at the top overlooking the Blue Ridge Parkway and beyond.

The trail begins paved and quickly climbs up into a heavily forested area. Once at a 1/4 of a mile in, you will come to a nice overlook that will give you your first real good view of the surrounding mountains. The trail then continues on, though now unpaved, with great views off to your left as you ascend. At the top you have a few different areas to overlook the layers of mountains that surround you, the best being at the furthest point of the trail goes where there is a little rocky outcropping to sit and take in the views. To add to your sense of accomplishment you would also be taking in views on the 16th highest mountain east of the Mississippi at an elevation of 6,292 feet! To return simply follow the same path out and make sure to leave the trail as you found it!

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Forest
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Great hike off the BRP

This was a neat hike off the Blue Ridge Parkway. It offers some beautiful views of the parkway below and the surrounding mountains. I recommend doing it early in the day or late in the evening as mid-day can get crowded.

Wonderful View

Waterrock knob is a hike I do every time I make my way through on the parkway and it is an awesome place if you are looking for a shorter hike.

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