Shining Rock Wilderness

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Shining Rock National Wilderness Area

The Shining Rock Wilderness is a protected Wilderness Area in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Its first 13,400 acres (54 km2) have been part of the National Wilderness Preservation System since the System was created in 1964. It now includes 18,483 acres (74.80 km2), and is managed by the United States Forest Service as part of the Pisgah National Forest.

Within the wilderness, the Art Loeb Trail can be followed to the base of Cold Mountain, where a spur trail leads to the summit. Cold Mountain is the namesake of a historical fiction novel by Charles Frazier, and its film adaptation; both are set in the time of the American Civil War.


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Coordinates: 35°21′18″N 82°50′38″W / 35.35500°N 82.84389°W / 35.35500; -82.84389