Shining Rock Wilderness
Asheville, NC4.9 (15 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 the best backpacking trip we run east of the Mississippi River! When it comes to trails, views, swimming, and summits it is amazing in that it quite literally has it all. But it also has something unique in the region, which is wonderful mountain solitude. Get away from the crowds to experience sweeping Appalachian views, waterfalls, exceptional hiking, fascinating geology, and a chance to see wildlife!
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. The first day of hiking is relatively short to our camp at the confluence of 2 valleys with fantastic swimming holes and cascades nearby. Day 2 starts with a steep hike to a ridge where we’ll eat lunch while enjoying BIG views. Day 2 ends at Shining Rock Gap, where we camp for two nights. Shining Rock itself (a stunning and unlikely quartz outcropping) is extremely unique and tends to “floor” even people who have been there before. Your guide will give you the “inside” tour of this area before we settle down for dinner. The third day we hike to the top of Cold 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. Our final day we follow beautiful creeks and valleys back down hill to our starting point.
Wildland Trekking is a permitee of the USFS, Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests
$1055 Per Person
DIFFICULTY LEVEL 3
Our difficulty ratings are based on a scale of 1-5, tours with a rating of 1 being least difficult, tours with a rating of 5 being most difficult
- Backpack Weight:
- 25-35 pounds
- Daily Hiking Distances:
- 4-9 miles
- Most Elevation Loss:
- 2000 feet
- Most Elevation Gain:
- 2000 feet
- Quality of Trails:
- Well maintained
- This trip follows maintained trails comprised primarily of compacted dirt and rocks. Trails can get slippery after rain and are steep in places. Because of the significant hiking distances and substantial elevation gains/losses on steep, somewhat technical trails when wet, this trip is on the more difficult side of Level 3 (Level 3+).
- be active and healthy
- exercise several times per week
- be comfortable hiking 6-8 miles per day in hilly or mountainous terrain with a 25-pound backpack
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 Blue Ridge Mountains 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.
Asheville Airport Express (http://www.ashevilleairportexpress.com, 1-828-691-1121) runs 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. Cost per shuttle is $235 from Charlotte and approximately $120 from Greenville.
Avis: 800-331-1212; Hertz 800-654- 3131; National: 800-227-7368; Thrifty: 800-367-2277; Alamo: 800-327-9633
Traveling in perfect company is a wonderful thing! With our private trip offerings you can book a trip exclusively for your group. Whether it’s with family, friends or colleagues, private trips are a fun and enriching way to explore the outdoors.
Private trip pricing is based on a sliding scale, depending on the number of people in your party. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax and national park fees (where applicable) or guide gratuity. Give us a call at 800-715-HIKE to get the ball rolling!
Private Rates FOr This Trip
- 2 People: Rate x 2
- 3 People: Rate x 1.3
- 4 People: Rate x 1.1
- 5+ People: Rate x 1
*all rates are per person