Shining Creek Path
ElevationAscent: 2,411' 735 m
Descent: -23' -7 m
High: 5,753' 1,754 m
Low: 3,365' 1,026 m
GradeAvg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 45% (24°)
Current trail conditions
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“Follow Shining Creek from tiny trickling source to gushing cascades.”— Alex Marsh
Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife
There are some areas where you could camp nearer to the East Fork end, which is popular for fishing.
The trail follows Shining Creek the whole way, so you always have it in sight. It’s pristine and features many cascades. There are good spots for swimming and wading too, where it pools. You cross many tributaries, sometimes on stones, sometimes on logs.
The trail is mainly rocky although there are no big rocks and in some spots it gets muddy from the creek. The trail is in forest but it’s mainly open so there are great views.
Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
Land Manager: USFS - Pisgah National Forest, Pisgah Ranger District