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Shining Creek Path

 3.8 (4)

Length


4.2 Miles 6.8 Kilometers


2,411' 735 m

Ascent

-23' -7 m

Descent

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

45%

Max Grade (24°)

5,753' 1,754 m

High

3,365' 1,026 m

Low

Shared By Alex Marsh

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Follow Shining Creek from tiny trickling source to gushing cascades.

Alex Marsh

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife · Commonly Backpacked

Description

Trail ascends/descends 2500 feet over 4 miles at a pretty steady rate. If you’re doing this as a loop with Old Butt Knob Trail #100, the ascent/descent on this part is less severe than that trail, which has it covered in 2 miles. If you were choosing which to hike with a backpack, between the two I’d choose this one.

There are some areas where you could camp nearer to the East Fork end, which is popular for fishing.
The trail follows Shining Creek the whole way, so you always have it in sight. It’s pristine and features many cascades. There are good spots for swimming and wading too, where it pools. You cross many tributaries, sometimes on stones, sometimes on logs.

The trail is mainly rocky although there are no big rocks and in some spots it gets muddy from the creek. The trail is in forest but it’s mainly open so there are great views.

Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

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Jun 25, 2017
Matt Simcox
4.2mi
May 2, 2017
Todd Burgman

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  3.8 from 4 votes

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#462

in North Carolina

#12,267

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Its a bit confusing at the start from 276, since there are no trail markers, but its not too bad once you get to the Old Butt Knob junction. As you get closer to Art Loeb (a little past the 3 mile point from 276) the trail becomes overgrown, thick, and steep. You can see the trail but it is narrow and very overgrown. Nov 9, 2017

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