Waterrock Knob Trail

At A Glance


1.18 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 1.18
Steepness: Climbs Steeply
Tread Condition: Some Obstacles
Other Map ID: BRP MP 451.2


This path starts out paved and travels to overlooks which include views to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and south into the southern mountains and the Piedmont region. The trail becomes dirt past an overlook before it reaches the summit of Waterrock Knob.

This trail is located in the Waterrock Knob area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Waterrock Knob trails list page.



Average Rating: 5.0 (rated 1 times)

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Indy Hiker said: The hike to Waterrock Knob isn't too difficult. It is short but steep. Where the path becomes dirt there are some rock steps and small boulders to walk around. Last time I was there they had a bench at the top of the knob. This hike can be combined with a hike up Yellow Face, which is a peak on the other side of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Yellow Face trail starts somewhere right where you turn off to park for Waterrock Knob. Last I knew, the trail was pretty well marked. Additionally, one can hike from Waterrock Knob to Browning Knob to Lyn Lowry ending atop Plott Balsam. Most on-line sources say this hike isn't all that popular and there really isn't any defined trail. Additionally, Waterrock Knob has a small visitor's center and pit restroom facilities. The parking lot is large and has about seven or so picnic tables and plenty of space to put out a blanket. The views are amazing. I consider it the best picnic area in the region.

Friday, January 15 2016 7:37pm
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