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“Beautiful views on the way up and down”
Review of Waterrock Knob

Waterrock Knob
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Atlanta
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29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Beautiful views on the way up and down”
Reviewed 28 October 2013

I was surprised at how steep the climb up to the top was, but well worth the views on the way up. When we got to the top, there was fog, but beautiful just to sit and smell the spruce pine scent in the air. Descending we were also stopping often to see mountain vistas in sunlight with looming clouds overhead.

Visited October 2013
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Maggie Valley, North Carolina
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29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“No water, but plenty of rocks!”
Reviewed 8 October 2013

We live in Maggie Valley because we enjoy hiking, and Waterrock Knob is just down the parkway (Blue Ridge, that is) from our home, and probably the closest hike with a great view. There is plenty of parking, bathrooms, and a nice ranger station there with snacks, books, etc. Waterrock Knob is a relatively short hike ( about 45 minutes to the top), but you will get plenty of exercise as the ascent is fairly steep (with lots of rocks!). It's above 5000 ft. there, so bring something to keep warm, and plan to enjoy the view--it's very good, either east or west. Layers of mountains, all the way to Tennessee and in all directions. It's not isolated, if that's your thing--you will likely meet quite a few people on the trail, but it's a nice invigorating hike with a great view that is convenient to Maggie Valley or Waynesville. Pack a picnic lunch and sit out on a boulder at the top surveying a good portion of the Western North Carolina mountains. You won't regret the stop!

Visited September 2013
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Huntsville, Alabama
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79 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Great short hike, amazing views”
Reviewed 3 October 2013

This was a great short hike, a rest-stop, and a souvenir stop all in one. We picnicked and got our National Parks passport stamp, purchased a nice windbreaker and some postcards, used the clean restrooms, and then hiked the short, but steep half mile to the top of Waterrock Knob. People of all ages were hiking it, but I warn you the elevation and steep inclines will make you stop occasionally on the way up to catch your breath. That's if the gorgeous views don't take your breathe away first! This is a must-see stop on the Blue Ridge Parkway!

Visited September 2013
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Mooresville, North Carolina
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Look out”
Reviewed 30 September 2013

Great views and excellent picture taking. Carry a sweater or jacket depending on time of year, it can get extremely cold up there. There are rest rooms and a trail to walk to the very top. A very busy place with ample parking and a lot of very friendly visitors.

Visited September 2013
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Easley, South Carolina, United States
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47 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Quite a hike! Beautiful and Worth it.”
Reviewed 25 September 2013

Waterrock Knob is similar to Clingman's Dome in Tennessee as far as how far up it is but I believe it is a little easier to manage (not a lot) because you have so spots that flatten out for a while and there are great view on the trail. There a benches and flat rocks to rest on and the wildlife we say did not include bears (a plus in my book. But we did get to take pics of some wildlife and we even found the car from way up the mountain! If you are able to do the hike. part is paved and part is ground. I would suggest taking trekking poles and using the cane tips up the paved part, take a rest and change to ground tips so you can get more traction,...especially on the way down. This has stairs and lots of witches hobbles (tree roots to look out for) I am 45 with back problems but I took it slow and stopped when I needed to and it was really worth it. I would do this hike again - not Clingman's Dome, but this one for sure. Nice ranger station/gift shop and decent bathrooms in the parking lot.

Visited September 2013
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