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Weekly Photo Challenge: Mountains 02

Waterrock Knob, North Carolina

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

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.

This photograph was taken during a hike to the summit of the mountain. I love the view here. The Blue Ridge Parkway is a wonderful drive in which to cruise by car or bike.

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8 responses

  1. Excellent !

    August 7, 2011 at 10:47 am

    • Thanks Emad, for the comment. Check out some of my other posts, and if you like my work feel free to subscribe. I will be stopping your blog and checking out your work as well.

      Walter

      August 7, 2011 at 10:55 am

  2. How does this hike rate in difficulty?

    August 7, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    • It is a very short hike. If I remember correctly, it is no longer than 2 miles one way, however it is steep and rocky and at a high altitude.

      August 7, 2011 at 10:23 pm

  3. Another great shot! 🙂

    August 10, 2011 at 2:05 am

    • Thanks Liz, this is one of my favorite places to go for a short hike. The view is fantastic.

      August 10, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    • I am glad you appreciate the beauty of nature and all that it has to offer our lives.

      August 10, 2011 at 2:21 pm

  4. Pingback: Weekly Photo Challenge: (Rocky) Mountain | Inside Out Cafe

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