Pisgah National Forest blankets the southern Appalachians, and at the heart of all that greenery there’s a backwoods gem—a forest within a forest. The 18,479-acre Shining Rock Wilderness protects an East Coast paradise of waterfalls, mountaintop views, and remote trails.
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Strap your canoe to the car and prepare to get elevated at this North Carolina haven.
Shining Rock Wilderness, North Carolina
Looking for a multisport trip? You couldn't do better than this stretch of wilderness on the east coast.
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Even locals hardly know about this secluded spot
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