|40 minutes with 10 minutes of breaks
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Waterrock Knob, the tallest peak in the Plott Balsam Mountains, can be reached via a short summit trail from the scenic Waterrock Knob Overlook. Located at milepost 451.2 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, this stop is located near the southern terminus of the parkway and is typically much less crowded than the popular hikes in the neighboring Great Balsam Mountains. The Waterrock Knob Visitors Center parking lot, denoted the Waterrock Knob Overlook, has outstanding views to the east and west and is a great place to take in a sunrise or sunset. The short but steep Waterrock Knob Trail climbs over 400 feet in half a mile. From the rock outcrops below the summit you’ll have good views south of the Scott Creek Valley, Plott Balsam Mountains, and Cowee Mountains. This short hike is suitable for all ages, but is steep enough to make you feel like you earned the 6,292-foot summit.
While you’re here – If you want to do some more hiking, consider the trail to Yellow Face and Blackrock Mountain. The trailhead is located at the intersection of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Waterrock Knob Rd