Waterrock Knob

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Waterrock Knob
from the summit
Wrn summit01.jpg
Highest point
Elevation 6,292 ft (1,918 m)
Prominence 1,947 ft (593 m)
Coordinates 35°27′51″N 83°08′16″W / 35.464268°N 83.137643°W / 35.464268; -83.137643Coordinates: 35°27′51″N 83°08′16″W / 35.464268°N 83.137643°W / 35.464268; -83.137643
Location Haywood / Jackson counties, North Carolina, U.S.
Parent range Plott Balsams
Blue Ridge Mountains
Topo map USGS Sylva North
Easiest route Hike

Waterrock Knob[1] is a mountain peak in the U.S. state of North Carolina.[2] It is the highest peak in the Plott Balsams and is the 16th highest mountain in the Eastern United States.[3] It is the 15th highest of the 40 mountains in North Carolina over 6000 feet.[4]

The mountain is split by both Haywood and Jackson counties in the western mountains of the state. It is located in the Plott Balsams mountain chain between the Great Smoky Mountains and the Great Balsam Mountains. The mountain's summit is located within the Blue Ridge Parkway National Park Service unit.

The mountain is a popular destination with tourists and amateur hikers as it is easily accessible from the Parkway. A visitors center is located near its summit and a hiking trail leads to its top. The hiking trail and visitors center are manned and maintained by the National Park Service, part of the United States Department of the Interior.