|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
Take NC exit 31 at Canton, S 1.9 to Hwy 19/23. E 3.7 to Hwy 110. S 5.7 to Hwy 276. SE 12 mi to the Big East Fork Trailhead. At 1/4 mi., go R and ascend from the 3,400' level to 6,000' at Shining Rock Knob. The initial ascent is steep to very steep. Old Butt Knob has many interesting older trees. Dog Loser Knob is dense with large scrub Rhodedendrons, hence it's name. Shining Rock Knob will reward you with outstanding views. Overnighting will allow side trips to Big Stairs Mtn, Cold Mt, or nearby balds. The initail descent is steep, but eases up some in the lower half. 8.3 miles.