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Asheville, NC: Yellow Face and Waterrock Knob

Conquer two 6,000-foot peaks in Pisgah National Forest on this 3-mile trek that straddles the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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This 3-mile, peak-bagging sampler offers a taste of the 6,000-foot peaks that can be climbed from the Waterrock Knob parking lot on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This two-peak route starts from the Waterrock Knob parking lot, which offers great views of the Blue Ridge Parkway to the east, and heads up the paved path (which soon turns to dirt) for a 450-foot climb to the parking lot’s namesake summit.
From there, an optional route-finding hike to Plott Balsam continues east. Otherwise, enjoy above-the-trees-views of Pisgah National Forest before descending back down to the parking lot and crossing the Parkway to knock off another South Beyond 6,000 summit on a short, two-hump climb up to Yellow Face.
-Mapped by Scott Sanders,

To Trailhead

From Waynesville, NC, take US 23/US 74 southeast for 5.3 miles and exit onto the Blue Ridge Parkway, heading northwest. In 8.2 miles, turn right on road to Waterrock Knob and trailhead parking.

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