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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  • If you want a nice hike or some great sunset pictures this is your place. WE stayed at an awesome B+B in Maggie not far away(Brooksong).  more »
  • Very cool trail a lot to see on a short trail! Good lookout points! Also when you get to Waterrock knob follow the yellow spray painted trees to go even higher up to another look out spot! When you...  more »
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  • Very steep. If you have small children you won’t be able to use a stroller. Child carrier backpack is the best thing to make it to the top.
  • Beautiful stop on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Public restrooms, guide/tourist building and great, moderately challenging hike to the top. Would go again!

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