Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway
by Randy Johnson (Falcon Guides)
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This hike is always a joy, i took up a few friend this time and everyone enjoyed it as much as I did... This is now my 4th time Hiking Crabtree... Thing's to know, its all uphill, and it can get very slippery after a rain storm... Not recommended for those out of shape or more than 60 pounds overweight, otherwise you will be feeling it. Also dont take shortcuts down you will FALL, i learned my lesson rushing it... 23/M/ Good Shape.... I also easily took in a liter of water on this hike and felt great...
This is a fine trail for someone that needs to drive to a trailhead and hike. It was too busy for our tastes. The views were ok. During a flood it could be quite impressive, but don't waste your time if the water levels aren't up.
We parked on the upper trailhead. A reasonable clearance vehicle could make it there just fine. I wouldn't take a typical passenger car. Subaru and up would be fine. After the hike we continued on the road, down over the hill. It got quite tricky. I have a Ford F150 4x4 with slightly oversized tires and I scraped bottom in a few spots. Great jeep road. The road eventually spits out on some back roads and we found our way home. Just keep bearing left if given a choice!
There are some nice little campsites down that road as well, and possibly a good swimming hole.
This trail is beautiful. It is pretty steep but well worth it once you get to the top. The view is spectacular, allow yourself time to stay at the top.
Excellent views along the falls. Challenging, but rewarding hike.
Took a hike here mid-March for my first visit to Crabtree Falls. I was blown away by the trip. The falls and trail by far blew away my expectations. I went earlier in the day on a Thursday, and it wasn't too busy. The waterfall was running and was absolutely incredible, especially on the sunny day. The trail is well kept, and there are plenty of awesome observation points. I was really impressed with how this trail is designed and kept. If you are in the area, or are thinking about Crabtree Falls - do not miss the opportunity to go here. I almost decided to take my trip elsewhere, and I am overjoyed that I didn't pass up on the falls. Trail is long, and the top is further than you think, but it isn't too steep at any one point, and there are often points with stairs and rails. Make sure you go all the way to the top, there is an incredible observation spot up there!
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