Shining Rock Wilderness
Asheville, NC5.0 (28 reviews)
- Remarkable Quartzite Summit
- BIG Appalachian Views
- Diversity of Wildlife
- Ecologically Diverse Forests
- Sunset Dinner From Atop Shining Rock
- Stunning Appalachian Waterfalls
- Ascent of Famous Cold Mountain
- Guides Choice Trip
Our Appalachian guides feel this is one of the top backpacking trips we run east of the Mississippi River!
When it comes to trails, views, summits and flora/fauna, Shining Rock is the place to be! We pick you up in Asheville and shuttle in from Brevard through the Cradle of Forestry area (where American forest conservation began). We’ll stop at Looking Glass Falls, a stunning roadside waterfall, on our way to our starting trailhead. The first day of hiking features 360º views as we ascend into the higher mountains, over knobs and mountain summits! After lunch we enjoy a flatter trail the rest of the way to camp, watching the forest change in front of us as we hike. Day 1 ends at a very special spot, where we camp for two nights, near the extremely unique rock feature of Shining Rock. Your guide will give you the insider’s tour of this amazing area before we settle down for dinner. The second day we will hike to the top of a nearby, famous mountain, which is relatively challenging, but only with light day packs. If we reach the summit we will eat lunch on a massive ledge with views of all the areas we have been hiking up to this point. Our final day we will work our way back the way we came along the same trail, which provides very different, and equally spectacular, views as the way up.
Wildland Trekking is a permitee of the USFS, Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests
$975 Per Person
DIFFICULTY LEVEL 3
Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult
This trip travels over some rocks and a few washed out areas on trail but then moves to a moderately flat trail to camp. Day 2 will be the toughest gaining steep elevation over rocks and roots to the summit of Cold Mountain and returning to camp the way we came. The old saying “Up hill both ways” will describe this day perfectly. Day 3 is an easy day back to the trailhead.
Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:
Up to 2000 ft
- Hiking uphill or downhill with a 25-35 lb backpack for 6-8 hours
- Maintaining balance and footing on moderately rugged terrain
- Hiking with light heights exposure
SOLITUDE LEVEL 3
1 least solitude, 5 most solitude
We rate this Appalachia hike a solitude 3. You can expect hours of solitude at a time and often a feeling of having the mountains to yourself.
TRAVEL TO ASHEVILLE
All North Carolina trips begin and end from Asheville, North Carolina. Asheville has an airport served by Allegiant Air, Delta, United, and US Airways. One can also fly into Greenville, South Carolina or Charlotte, North Carolina and drive to Asheville. It is a 1.5-hour drive from Greenville to Asheville and a 2-hour drive from Charlotte on good roads.
FROM ASHEVILLE AIRPORT
Asheville Airport Express (http://www.ashevilleairportexpress.com, 828-231-1053) and Harry’s Car Service run (828-774-8178) shuttles to and from downtown. Also a number of taxis are usually available on the curb in the Arrivals area.
Asheville Airport Express also runs daily vans from Charlotte and Greenville to Asheville.
Avis: 800-331-1212; Hertz 800-654- 3131; National: 800-227-7368; Thrifty: 800-367-2277; Alamo: 800-327-9633
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Our sliding scale for private trips is based on the final number of guests in your group. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax, national park fees or guide gratuity. The final rate is based on the actual number of guests on the trip and may adjust based on cancellations or additions.
Please Note: you can also enjoy a private trip at our normal scheduled rates by filling any empty tour to capacity. However, if group members drop from the tour those spots will automatically become available on our website for instant booking. By purchasing a private trip at the rates listed below, your trip will remain exclusive to your group regardless of cancellations.
Private Rates FOr This Trip
- 2 People: Rate x 2.5
- 3 People: Rate x 1.75
- 4 People: Rate x 1.25
- 5+ People: Rate x 1.15
*all rates are per person