Shining Rock Wilderness

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Shining Rock Wilderness
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
Shining Rock Wilderness Area
Map showing the location of Shining Rock Wilderness
Map showing the location of Shining Rock Wilderness
Map of the United States
LocationHaywood County, North Carolina, United States
Nearest cityBrevard, North Carolina
Area13,400 acres (54 km2)
DesignatedWilderness Area
Governing bodyUnited States Forest Service
WebsiteShining Rock Wilderness

The Shining Rock Wilderness is a protected Wilderness Area in Haywood County, 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. It borders Middle Prong Wilderness to the southwest.

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.

Due to conflicts with black bears, in 2015 the Forest Service implemented a requirement for all overnight campers to carry bear-resistant canisters. Canisters are required year-round in the Wilderness Area and south of it to the Blue Ridge Parkway.[1]


  1. ^ "U.S. Forest Service Reminds Visitors, Bear Canisters are Required". United States Forest Service. 27 April 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2015. External link in |website= (help)

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