Old Butt Knob Trail #332

3.6 mi - Difficult - This trail follows Chestnut Ridge and crosses several knobs that provide nice views of the surrounding Shining Rock Wilderness. In the first half mile after leaving Shining Creek Trail, it climbs very steeply, gaining about 1,400 feet of elevation, before becoming somewhat less strenuous for the remainder of the climb to the top of Old Butt Knob. The trail ends at Shining Rock Gap, where the Art Loeb (#146), Ivestor Gap (#101), and Shining Creek (#363) trails can be accessed; Shining Creek Trail may be used for a loop hike back to the parking area.

Approximate Elevation Change: 2,500 feet
Blaze: None

At a Glance

Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Hiking Trail: foot traffic only.
Water: no
Restroom: none
Operated By: US Forest Service

General Information

Directions: This trail is accessible from Shining Creek Trail (#363) in the Shining Rock Wilderness Area: From the Pisgah District Ranger Station/Visitor Center parking lot, turn right (north) on US 276. Proceed 14 miles north to, and under, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and then approximately 2¾ miles further to the Big East Fork parking area on the left. The Shining Creek Trail leaves the west end of the parking area; follow it for approximately ½ mile to the Old Butt Knob trailhead on the right. (See note below regarding signage in wilderness areas.)


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