Craggy Pinnacle Trail

Dillingham, North Carolina

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The best time of year to hike in the Craggy Gardens area is mid to late June, simply for the magnificent show of the pinkish-purple Catawba rhododendron blooms. But the scenic views from the summit of Craggy Pinnacle make this a worthy hike any time of year that the Blue Ridge Parkway is accessible to this point. Due to the high elevation (close to 5900 feet), the winter months can bring hazardous driving conditions with snow, ice, and slick roads, forcing the Park Service to close off access. Always call the parkway’s automated road and weather condition phone number before heading out.
Best Hikes with Dogs: North Carolina

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Best Hikes with Dogs: North Carolina

by Karen Chavez (The Mountaineers Books)

The best time of year to hike in the Craggy Gardens area is mid to late June, simply for the magnificent show of the pinkish-purple Catawba rhododendron blooms. But the scenic views from the summit of Craggy Pinnacle make this a worthy hike any time of year that the Blue Ridge Parkway is accessible to this point.

Due to the high elevation (close to 5900 feet), the winter months can bring hazardous driving conditions with snow, ice, and slick roads, forcing the Park Service to close off access. Always call the parkway’s automated road and weather condition phone number before heading out.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Dillingham
Distance: 1.4
Elevation Gain: 250 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Mid to late June for rhododendron bloom, summer, and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 5,650 feet
Top Elevation: 5,892 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Blue Ridge Parkway headquarters
Local Maps: USGS Craggy Pinnacle
Driving Directions: Directions to Craggy Pinnacle Trail

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