Big Ivy, Craggy Gardens, and Balsam Gap

Asheville, North Carolina 28804

Big Ivy, Craggy Gardens, and Balsam Gap

Big Ivy, Craggy Gardens, and Balsam Gap Professional Review and Guide

"Big Ivy refers to a kidney-shaped region in the Craggy Gardens that forms the headwaters of the Ivy River. This is a dense, cove-hardwood forest with a well developed herbaceous layer, myriad wildflowers in spring, fast-flowing streams, numerous waterfalls, and areas of old-growth forest. Elevation ranges from 2,200 feet to over 5,000 feet.

Higher-elevation areas include sections in the spruce fir zone. Habitats: Rich cove forest, hardwood and mixed pine-hardwood forests, areas of old growth with an extensive herbaceous layer, mountain streams. Key birds: Summer: Veery; Black-throated Green, Black-throated Blue, Blackburnian, and Canada Warbler; Scarlet Tanager; Indigo Bunting; Rose-breasted Grosbeak; Red Crossbill. Year-round: Common Raven; Ruffed Grouse; Winter Wren; Red-breasted Nuthatch; Brown Creeper."

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Trail Information

Asheville
Nearby City
Several options
Trail Type
Best in late April to early June
Best Times
Pisgah National Forest
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Jul 2018