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.
There's a hiking trail (T2) called Waterrock Knob Trail leading to the summit.
By elevation Waterrock Knob is
# 1 out of 38 in the Plott Balsams # 2 out of 170 in Blue Ridge Parkway # 25 out of 3424 in North Carolina # 5 out of 270 in Haywood County # 2 out of 272 in Jackson County # 30 out of 39823 in the Appalachian Mountains # 30 out of 6326 in the Blue Ridge Mountains
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