Crabtree Meadows Recreation Area

Asheville, North Carolina

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This is one of western North Carolina’s best waterfall hikes—especially on a sunny spring day after significant rain. Though only 253 acres, Crabtree Meadows Recreation Area, flanking Parkway mile-post 339, is a small but compelling scenic enclave. There’s also a campground and picnic area (a small snack bar/gift shop has been closed in recent years. Some Parkway concessions elsewhere are also struggling, check the website for the latest).
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by Randy Johnson (Falcon Guides)

This is one of western North Carolina’s best waterfall hikes—especially on a sunny spring day after significant rain. Though only 253 acres, Crabtree Meadows Recreation Area, flanking Parkway mile-post 339, is a small but compelling scenic enclave.

There’s also a campground and picnic area (a small snack bar/gift shop has been closed in recent years. Some Parkway concessions elsewhere are also struggling, check the website for the latest).

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Asheville
Distance: 2.5-3 miles
Elevation Gain: 600 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Features: Waterfalls
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
Local Maps: USGS Celo. Download a Parkway handout map of Crabtree Falls trails at the “Brochures” link on the Blue Ridge Parkway’s website
Driving Directions: Directions to Crabtree Meadows Recreation Area

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