Shining Rock

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Shining Rock
Shining Rock from Haywood-Jackson Overlook, October 2016.jpg
Shining Rock viewed from the Blue Ridge Parkway
Highest point
Elevation6,040 ft (1,840 m)
Prominence320 ft (98 m)
Coordinates35°22′05″N 82°51′44″W / 35.36806°N 82.86222°W / 35.36806; -82.86222
LocationHaywood County, North Carolina, U.S.
Parent rangeGreat Balsam Mountains
Topo mapUSGS Shining Rock
Easiest routeHike

Shining Rock is a mountain in western North Carolina.[1][2] The mountain is one of the Great Balsam Mountains which are a part of the Blue Ridge Mountains within the Appalachian Mountains. It is the 38th tallest mountain in the eastern United States.[3]

Shining Rock is in the Shining Rock Wilderness near milepost 420 of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Art Loeb Trail passes just below the summit.

Shining Rock is named for the large white quartzite rock outcropping near its summit.

Cherokee lore[edit]

According to the Cherokee anthropologist James Mooney, the Cherokee name for Shining Rock, Datsu'nălâsgûñ'yĭ, translates to "where their tracks are this way" and refers to a rock that is said to have tracks of Tsul 'Kalu and his children.[4]

This is distinct from Judaculla Rock[5] which is discussed with Tsul 'Kalu, is south of the Blue Ridge Parkway and contains petroglyphs. Confusion arises because Judaculla (or Jutaculla) is a European corruption of the name Tsul 'Kalu; hence there appear to be two rocks of Cherokee lore named with variations of the name.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Shining Rock
  2. ^ "Shining Rock, United States". Retrieved 2007-07-12.
  3. ^ "The Tallest Mountains in the Eastern U.S." Archived from the original on 2007-06-30. Retrieved 2007-07-09.
  4. ^ Ellison, George; Mooney, James E. (1992). James Mooney's history, myths, and sacred formulas of the Cherokees: containing the full texts of Myths of the Cherokee (1900) and The sacred formulas of the Cherokees (1891) as published by the Bureau of American Ethnology: with a new biographical introduction, James Mooney and the eastern Cherokees. Asheville, NC: Bright Mountain Books (Historical Images). ISBN 0-914875-19-1. p 480
  5. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Judaculla Rock

Coordinates: 35°22′05″N 82°51′44″W / 35.36806°N 82.86222°W / 35.36806; -82.86222