Shining Rock Wilderness

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Cold Mountain in the Shining Rock Wilderness

The Shining Rock Wilderness is a protected area in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Its first 13,400 acres (54 km2) have been part of the National Wilderness Preservation System since the System was created in 1964. It now includes 18,483 acres (74.8 km2), and is managed by the United States Forest Service.

Within the wilderness, the Art Loeb trail can be followed to the top of Cold Mountain. Cold Mountain is the namesake of a historical fiction novel set in the time of the American Civil War. A movie based on the book is also named Cold Mountain.

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Coordinates: 35°21′18″N 82°50′38″W / 35.35500°N 82.84389°W / 35.35500; -82.84389