Craggy Gardens-Mileposts 3641-3644

Asheville, North Carolina 28804

Craggy Gardens-Mileposts 3641-3644

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"How can names like Craggy Gardens, Craggy Dome, and Craggy Pinnacle not be magnets for hikers? Visible from almost any corner of northwest North Carolina, these barren crests of the Craggy Mountains offer awesome views. The Craggies’ seemingly alpine, treeless environment is a one- of-a-kind ecosystem, and Craggy Gardens is one of the best places to experience the Southern balds.

The balds come in two varieties—grassy and heath. Grassy balds may be best exemplified by the meadow- covered crest of Roan Mountain, on the North Carolina–Tennessee state line west of the Parkway There are grassy balds atop the Craggies, but you’ll also see heath balds—extensive crests covered in rhododendron, mountain laurel, blueberries, and other plants of the heath community. The mountaineers called them “slicks,” and “hells,” which you would readily understand if you ever tried to bushwhack through one."

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Hiking North Carolina (Falcon Guides)
Randy Johnson
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"How can names like Craggy Gardens, Craggy Dome, and Craggy Pinnacle not inspire hikers? Visible from all over northwest North Carolina, these barren crests offer awesome views. As the Blue Ridge Parkway climbs from Asheville, the sun often disappears in a Craggies-caused microclimate. Summits and clouds coalesce, lending the area the feel of much higher mountains. Be prepared for a truly peak experience. This part of the Parkway possesses some of the high road’s most dramatic scenery. You’ll swear the treeless Craggies compare with Scotland. Craggy Gardens is one of the best places to savor the beauty of the seemingly alpine balds and the late-June rhododendron bloom. This guide includes Craggy Pinnacle Trail and Craggy Gardens Trail and Mountains-to-Sea Trail."
100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina (The Mountaineers Books)
Joe Miller
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"The Blue Ridge Parkway is peppered along its 469-mile length with great leg-stretcher trails, paths that don’t go more than a mile in length but vastly exceed that in scope. Craggy Gardens is among the best of this genre."

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Trail Information

Asheville
Nearby City
0.8-6.2 miles
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
The Blue Ridge Parkway 199 Hemphill Knob Road Asheville, NC 28803-8686 (828) 271-4779 (828) 298-0398
Local Contacts
USGS Craggy Pinnacle; Parkway handout map, available at the Craggy Gardens Visitor Center and online at nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/craggy-gradens-trail.htm
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