Asheville: Old Butt Knob-Shining Rock Trails

Climb knobby ridges to the white quartz cap of Shining Rock, then follow a pristine stream back to your car on this arduous 7.8-mile loop.
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Climb knobby ridges to the white quartz cap of Shining Rock, then follow a pristine stream back to your car on this arduous 7.8-mile loop.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 11.6

Waypoints

OBK001

Location: 35.3659400939941, -82.8178482055664

Hop onto Shining Creek Trail, climbing up from the East Fork of the Pigeon River

OBK002

Location: 35.3585624694824, -82.8205642700195

Turn R onto Old Butt Knob Trail

OBK003

Location: 35.3620452880859, -82.826301574707

Path climbs up the rugged Chestnut Ridge; several rocky outcrops ahead

OBK004

Location: 35.3720703125, -82.8430557250976

Old Butt Knob, drop down onto shoulder

OBK005

Location: 35.3704376220703, -82.8460845947266

Spanish Oak Gap; begin climbing again

OBK006

Location: 35.3703193664551, -82.8536071777344

Dog Loser Knob. Trail descends slightly to Beech Spring, the lifeblood of the lush valley and creek below

OBK007

Location: 35.3676643371582, -82.8621292114258

Stellar views on the milky white summit of Shining Rock (5,940 ft.)

OBK008

Location: 35.3647384643555, -82.8637619018555

Turn L at gap onto Shining Rock Trail; head SE

OBK009

Location: 35.3610572814941, -82.8592987060547

Trail switchbacks down rocky prong to Shining Creek; trail follows murmuring creek

OBK010

Location: 35.3589859008789, -82.8389739990234

Cross Daniels Cove Creek

OBK011

Location: 35.3581848144531, -82.820556640625

Veer R, staying on trail up a minor gap back to the trailhead