Waterrock Knob, Maggie Valley

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Waterrock Knob is a mountain peak in the U.S. state of North Carolina. It is the highest peak in the Plott Balsams and is the 16th-highest mountain in the Eastern United States.The mountain is a popular destination with tourists and amateur hikers, as it is easily accessible from the parkway. A visitors' center is located near its summit and a hiking trail leads to its top. The hiking trail and visitors' center are manned and maintained by the National Park Service, part of the United States Department of the Interior.NameWaterrock Knob is named as such because of a spring located near the summit where hunters would refill their canteens.GeographyWith an elevation of 6292ft, Waterrock Knob is the highest peak in the Plott Balsams and is the 13th-highest mountain in the Eastern United States if using a 160ft prominence rule.The mountain is split by both Haywood and Jackson counties in the western mountains of the state. The mountain's summit is located within the Blue Ridge Parkway National Park Service unit. Cherokee is located about 10mi to the west, while Richland Balsam is located about 10mi to the southeast.HikingWaterrock Knob's summit cam be accessed from the Waterrock Knob Visitor Center, located a milepost 451.2 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This 0.6mi long trail ascends over 400ft from visitor center's parking lot and is paved for the first quarter mile.
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  • Waterrock Knob is one of the most accessible views on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The parking lot alone has breath taking views. Plenty of room to picnic, see the visitor center or just relax. The hike it...  more »
  • Love the panoramic 360• views from this spot on the blue ridge pkwy! Great spot to picnic on your motorcycle or car.  more »
  • Beautiful mountainous and lush with vegetation and trees, vast forests and views as far as the eye all clean and perfectly maintained and reported. RV Parks and overlook well-placed. Toilets available and of course a nice visitor center.
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  • Great stop along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Near 360 degree views from the parking lot as well as from the Waterrock Knob. Well maintained trail to the peak but quite steep at times. There is a secondary over look about a third of the way up that many folks make their turn around spot. Making the climb to the top is worth the effort. Wildflowers and butterflies along the upper trail, near bog conditions towards the top make for unusual habitat. Visitor Center was compact but well stocked with items and information. Quite adequate restroom facilities as well. Grassy area at center of parking lot great for picnicking or just stretching out for a rest. Picnic tables available as well.
  • This is not only one of the best spots on the Blue Ridge Parkway to catch the sunset, there's also an excellent ½ mile up ½ mile back hike that afford you nearly 360° panoramic views at the top.
  • Spectacular view! Little gift shop. A great stop on the Blueridge Parkway.
  • Always a fun drive to get there, and an amazing hike to the top of the mountain! Views are stunning all around! And the plus, there are bathrooms and a little snack shop!
  • Gorgeous, made a new hiking pal.
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