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.
Waterrock Knob is named as such because of a spring located near the summit where hunters would refill their canteens.
With 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.
Waterrock 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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  • Since we had made a trip to Asheville, we decided to stop on the Blue Ridge Parkway on our way home to Franklin, NC for some sunset photo's. Waterrock Knob is a great viewing location and not that far...  more »
  • I think this is a lovely spot. Photographers will find some real possibilities here. We also enjoyed the visitors center which appears to be open seasonally  more »
  • This is an Awesome view. All the way up, from Maggie Valley, you will find great pull overs. Well worth the trip up.  more »
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  • Waterrock knob is spectacular. 360 views just from the parking area and much more to explore on the trails around. One particular trail holds a plane crash from the 80s that still holds its place there. It's a very moderate hike but isn't very long. Stop for all the rock face cliff views because they are literally breathtaking. They show miles and miles of the beautiful blue ridge parkway. This is one of my favorite trails along the Blue Ridge and is definitely a five star spot.
  • This is really am awesome view especially under a full moon! It is spectacular at sundown and gives one a real perspective of the wonders available to see in these mountains. Don't miss it!
  • I have been here several times and we normally have a picnic there. And it is absolutely gorgeous! One of my favorite places. The views are amazing. They also have restrooms around there and a little visitor center.
  • Some of the best views in Western NC.. If you keep on hiking past the viewpoint there is a unofficial hiking trail that goes along the ridge of the Balsams. Way better views on that ridge up near the big cross. Stay on the trail past that point it is easy to get lost due to other unofficial trails leading off it so dont go down stay on the ridge
  • Absolutely have to stop and visit this place! It is quit the hike for the out of shapers but still a moderate challenge for in shapers that dont hike uphill. Totally worth it though!!
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