Craggy Gardens

Asheville, North Carolina

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How can names like Craggy Gardens, Craggy Dome, and Craggy Pinnacle not inspire hikers? Visible from all over northwest North Carolina, these barren crests offer awesome views. As the Blue Ridge Parkway climbs from Asheville, the sun often disappears in a Craggies-caused microclimate. Summits and clouds coalesce, lending the area the feel of much higher mountains. Be prepared for a truly peak experience. This part of the Parkway possesses some of the high road’s most dramatic scenery. You’ll swear the treeless Craggies compare with Scotland. Craggy Gardens is one of the best places to savor the beauty of the seemingly alpine balds and the late-June rhododendron bloom. This guide includes Craggy Pinnacle Trail and Craggy Gardens Trail and Mountains-to-Sea Trail.
Hiking North Carolina

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Hiking North Carolina

by Randy Johnson (Falcon Guides)

How can names like Craggy Gardens, Craggy Dome, and Craggy Pinnacle not inspire hikers? Visible from all over northwest North Carolina, these barren crests offer awesome views.
As the Blue Ridge Parkway climbs from Asheville, the sun often disappears in a Craggies-caused microclimate. Summits and clouds coalesce, lending the area the feel of much higher mountains. Be prepared for a truly peak experience.

This part of the Parkway possesses some of the high road’s most dramatic scenery. You’ll swear the treeless Craggies compare with Scotland. Craggy Gardens is one of the best places to savor the beauty of the seemingly alpine balds and the late-June rhododendron bloom. This guide includes Craggy Pinnacle Trail and Craggy Gardens Trail and Mountains-to-Sea Trail.

© 2016 Randy Johnson/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Asheville
Distance: 0.8-6 miles
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Local Contacts: Blue Ridge Parkway, 199 Hemphill Knob Rd., Asheville 28803-8686; (828) 271-4779; (828) 298-0398 (recorded information and mailing requests); nps.gov/blri.ncmst.org.
Local Maps: USGS Craggy Pinnacle. Download the Parkway handout map, or grab one at the visitor center.
Driving Directions: Directions to Craggy Gardens

Recent Trail Reviews

10/10/2010
1

I'm a local, and frequent these trails. Quick, short, beautiful trails with enough hill to make me feel like I did something!Often get caught in the clouds up there(which is a neat experience itself) and other times have amazing views!


10/24/2005
0

I've hiked this trail down to Douglass Falls - one of the best spots in WNC - many times and it's well worth the effort. However, one should be aware that during hunting season there are bear hunters with rifles loaded using the trail system at Craggy Gardens and hunting bear near Douglass Falls.


6/2/2004
0


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