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Shining Creek Path

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.6 (7)

Follow Shining Creek from tiny trickling source to gushing cascades.


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Map Key

4.2

Miles

6.8

KM

Point to Point

5,753' 1,754 m

High

3,365' 1,026 m

Low

2,411' 735 m

Up

23' 7 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

45%

Max Grade (24°)

Dogs Leashed

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

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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Alex Marsh

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  3.6 from 7 votes

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#780

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Shining Creek Tributary Crossing
Apr 30, 2018 near West Ca…, NC
Shining Creek
Apr 30, 2018 near Canton, NC
Turn right to go up Old Butt Knob (staying straight keeps you on Shining Creek trail)
Jul 5, 2019 near Canton, NC
Watch out for this sign on Art Loeb for the start
Apr 30, 2018 near West Ca…, NC

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Jul 22, 2020
Chris C
Most of this trail is over rocks, stones, and roots. If it's wet, and it usually is, this can be a very long 4 miles, as you must tread carefully.
Jul 2, 2020
Dana Ochs
Jul 3, 2019
Todd Burgman
Jun 15, 2019
SUMANTH R
good hike in summer with creeks crossings and a waterfall. 4.6mi — 1h 45m
Mar 10, 2019
Kerry Pless
Mar 10, 2019
Kristie Pless
8.4mi
Aug 11, 2018
Chris Ruiz
Scouting Hike
Jun 25, 2017
Matt Simcox
4.2mi