Hiking and Backpacking North Carolina's Appalachian Mountains

3 Days | Incredible views, waterfalls, and spectacular summits in North Carolina’s Shining Rock Wilderness

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Walking & trekking
GBP £875
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When it comes to trails, views, summits, and abundant flora and fauna, North Carolina’s Appalachian Mountains and Shining Rock Wilderness in particular, is the place to be. Discover the Cradle of Forestry area where American forest conservation began and stop at Looking Glass Falls, a stunning roadside waterfall, which features incredible 360 degree views. Spend two nights camping in the heart of the action near the famous and unique rock feature known as Shining Rock. Hike to the summit, eat lunch on a massive ledge with views of the entire area, and enjoy spectacular views on this small group backpacking adventure.

Trip overview

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Asheville, United States
Asheville, United States
Walking & trekking
United States
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Min 12
Group size
Min 1 - Max 8
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by your leader as you watch the sunset from the comfort of your camp on the summit of Shining Rock.
  • Take in spectacular views on the hike to the summit of Cold Mountain which features in Charles Frazier’s historic fiction novel of the same name.
  • Take in sweeping views of the Appalachian Mountain Range as you enjoy lunch on the summit of one of the peaks or in the grassy meadows of Ivestor Gap.
  • Stop at Looking Glass Falls, a stunning roadside waterfall, and watch the water tumbling over the top of a high cliff to create an impressively wide cascade.
  • Enjoy scenic vistas galore as you make your way along a trail that showcases views of the entire Pisgah National Forest.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This is a hiking trip; a good fitness level will help you enjoying all included hikes and activities. Good clothing, appropriate footwear, and wet weather gear is a must.
  • This trip involves daily hiking ranging in distance from 4-9 miles 6.5-14 km) per day with a total trip distance of up to 22 miles (35 km). The maximum daily elevation gain/loss is 2000 feet (610 m). Please check the trip itinerary for more details.
  • On this tour you will be required to carry a backpack weighting approximately 35-45 lb (15-20).
  • On our final day there is no accommodation included so please plan your departure accordingly, or pre-book a post-tour night.


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3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners


Private vehicle


Backcountry camping (2 nights)

  • Shuttle from Asheville
  • Looking Glass Falls visit
  • Art Loeb Trail hike
  • Tennent Mountain climb & lunch
  • Shining Rock summit sunset dinner
  • Guided Backpacking experience
  • Cold Mountain climb & lunch
  • Shining Rock Gap hike
  • Pisgah National Forest hike
  • Shuttle to Asheville

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Important notes

1. A completed registration form is required to join these trips. You will not be confirmed for the trip until your form has been received and reviewed. We may ask for a medical release signed by your physician for medical conditions or circumstances which could possibly compromise your safety or the safety of others on this trip – please speak to your agent for further details.

2. A signed disclaimer (Acknowledgement of Risks Form) is required at the time of booking for this trip – please speak to your agent for further details.

3. To help ensure this trip is right for you, this trip is subject to additional ‘Essential Eligibility Requirements’ – see the ‘Itinerary Disclaimer’ section of the Essential Trip Information for further details.

4.This trip is operated and run by Wildland Trekking, an Intrepid company. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Wildland Trekking customers and Intrepid customers.

5. Please note, pre-trip orientation meeting will take place at 5:00 PM day before trip starts at Holiday Inn Express & Suits Asheville Downtown hotel in Asheville. We recommend you book a pre tour night in that hotel.

6. A single tent is provided to all solo travellers at no extra cost.

Essential Trip Information

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Brandi · Traveled June 2023
This trip is excellent and as described. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and we had great individuals in our group. Go for it!
Review submitted 16 Jun 2023
Hiking and Backpacking North Carolina's Appalachian Mountains
GBP £875