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Old Butt Knob Trail #100

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 4.3 (10)

A tough but enjoyable run with magnificent viewpoints. Run climbs significantly first two miles. Carry water, avoid heat


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Map Key

3.6

Miles

5.9

KM

68%

Runnable

5,945' 1,812 m

High

3,722' 1,134 m

Low

2,445' 745 m

Up

402' 123 m

Down

15%

Avg Grade (8°)

69%

Max Grade (35°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views

This trail can have lots of bear scat on it, so be bear aware.

Description

This trail is not blazed, so be sure to bring the Trail Run Project mobile app to find your way. Once parked at the trailhead for the Shining Creek Path, follow the trail to the first fork, make a right, and keep your eyes peeled for an unmarked second right where this trail's gpx track begins. If you leave and return to the creek without finding it, you've gone too far.

Once on the trail, it is a steady climb for the first couple of miles to get up to the ridgeline. If you do this trail in the winter, expect to have good views the whole way, but in summer or fall, they're bound to be obscured by the foliage. Once you have reached the ridgeline, the trail will level out and the running will be much easier. You'll go over a few knobs, where the forest opens up, before eventually reaching the access trail to Shining Rock (a very large quartz outcropping) that makes a great lunch spot with expansive views. After enjoying Shining Rock, head back to the trail and continue right (west) to find the trail's end in a junction with the Art Loeb Trail.

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Shared By:

Jeffery Porter

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 10 votes

#6567

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Trail Rankings

#203

in North Carolina

#6,567

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Photos

Keep heading straight to stay on the loop. Turning right takes you North on Art Loeb.
Jul 5, 2019 near West Ca…, NC
Viewpoint off Old Butt Knob Trail
Apr 30, 2018 near Canton, NC
Keep heading down to the left as you pass the giant quartz rocks
Jul 5, 2019 near West Ca…, NC
Trail conditions, bring that map and gps
Feb 17, 2018 near Canton, NC
View from trail
Feb 18, 2018 near Canton, NC
Turn right to go up Old Butt Knob (staying straight keeps you on Shining Creek trail)
Jul 5, 2019 near Canton, NC

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Jun 15, 2019
Sumanth Ramakrishna
4.2mi
Mar 12, 2017
Jordan Braswell
Very hard trail