|Elevation||6,040 ft (1,841 m)|
|Prominence||320 ft (98 m)|
|Location||Haywood County, North Carolina, U.S.|
|Range||Great Balsam Mountains|
|Topo map||USGS Shining Rock|
Shining Rock is a mountain in western North Carolina. The mountain is one of the Great Balsam Mountains which are a part of the Blue Ridge Mountains within the Appalachian Mountains. It is the 38th tallest mountain in the eastern United States.
Shining Rock is named for the large cluster of quartz boulders near its summit.
According to the Cherokee anthropologist James Mooney, the Cherokee name for Shining Rock, Datsu'nălâsgûñ'yĭ, translates to "where their tracks are this way" and refers to a rock that is said to have tracks of Tsul 'Kalu and his children.
This is distinct from Judaculla Rock which is discussed with Tsul 'Kalu, is south of the Blue Ridge Parkway and contains petroglyphs. Confusion arises because Judaculla (or Jutaculla) is a European corruption of the name Tsul 'Kalu; hence there appear to be two rocks of Cherokee lore named with variations of the name.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Shining Rock
- "Shining Rock, United States". Retrieved 2007-07-12.
- "The Tallest Mountains in the Eastern U.S.". Retrieved 2007-07-09.
- Ellison, George; Mooney, James E. (1992). James Mooney's history, myths, and sacred formulas of the Cherokees: containing the full texts of Myths of the Cherokee (1900) and The sacred formulas of the Cherokees (1891) as published by the Bureau of American Ethnology: with a new biographical introduction, James Mooney and the eastern Cherokees. Asheville, NC: Bright Mountain Books (Historical Images). ISBN 0-914875-19-1. p 480
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Judaculla Rock