Crabtree Falls Loop Trail

Spruce Pine, North Carolina

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The picturesque Crabtree Falls Campground has an honor payment system for tent and RV camping, but there is no parking fee for day hiking. The campground and the Crabtree Falls Loop Trail are part of the popular, 250-acre Crabtree Meadows Recreation Area of the Blue Ridge Parkway, which also includes a picnic area, restaurant, and gift shop. The main attraction here is the waterfall. The best times of year to hike with dogs are late spring, summer, and fall. The parkway at this high elevation is intermittently closed during winter due to snowy or icy road conditions, and the road to the campground is closed from the end of October through May. If the parkway is open you can still access the trail in the off-season by parking at the gate and walking 0.3 mile from the parkway to the trailhead.
Best Hikes with Dogs: North Carolina

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Best Hikes with Dogs: North Carolina

by Karen Chavez (The Mountaineers Books)

The picturesque Crabtree Falls Campground has an honor payment system for tent and RV camping, but there is no parking fee for day hiking. The campground and the Crabtree Falls Loop Trail are part of the popular, 250-acre Crabtree Meadows Recreation Area of the Blue Ridge Parkway, which also includes a picnic area, restaurant, and gift shop.

The main attraction here is the waterfall. The best times of year to hike with dogs are late spring, summer, and fall. The parkway at this high elevation is intermittently closed during winter due to snowy or icy road conditions, and the road to the campground is closed from the end of October through May. If the parkway is open you can still access the trail in the off-season by parking at the gate and walking 0.3 mile from the parkway to the trailhead.

© 2007 Karen Chavez/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Spruce Pine
Distance: 2.5
Elevation Gain: 530 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 1.5 to 2 hours
Season: Late spring, summer, and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 3,800 feet
Top Elevation: 3,760 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Blue Ridge Parkway; Spruce Pine Ranger Station
Local Maps: USGS Celo
Driving Directions: Directions to Crabtree Falls Loop Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

4/23/2011
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Nice trail to hike not to tough nice little trail to view a nice little waterfall. I'm not sure that my date is correct but I'm sure it was sometime in April maybe 1st or 2nd week not sure but it was a little aggravating to have to start hiking up a paved rd because the campground wasn't open yet to reach the trailhead.



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