Craggy Pinnacle Trail

Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina

Distance0.5mi
Elevation Gain274ft
Trailhead Elevation5,656ft
Top5,886ft
Elevation Min/Max5656/5886ft
Elevation Start/End5656/5656ft

Craggy Pinnacle Trail

Craggy Pinnacle Trail is a hiking trail in Buncombe County, North Carolina. It is within Blue Ridge Parkway. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 5,656 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 274 feet. The Craggy Dome Overlook and Craggy Dome Overlook parkings are near the trailhead. There is also a viewpoint. The trail ends near Craggy Pinnacle (elevation 5,840 feet) and the Lower Overlook and Summit Overlook viewpoints.

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Best Hikes with Dogs: North Carolina (The Mountaineers Books)
Karen Chavez
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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." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: Blue Ridge Parkway (Falcon Guides)
Randy Johnson
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"Enjoy one of the Parkway’s most inspiring 360-degree views from atop mysterious mountaintop meadows. Any Parkway motorist will likely agree that the Craggy Mountains' seemingly alpine, treeless environment represents some of the high road's most dramatic scenery. These balds are among the most unique ecosystems in the Southern Appalachians. The late-bloom of rhododendron across the balds is one of the Southern Appalachians' premier natural events. Theories about the balds speculate that fires claimed the trees and made the soil unsuitable for immediate reforestation." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: Blue Ridge Parkway (Falcon Guides)
Randy Johnson
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"Great views from spectacular mountaintop balds recommend two Craggy Gardens hikes of different lengths. The Craggy Gardens Trail rises into the woods and the Mountains-to-Sea Trail goes right at 0.1 mile. Beyond, the path climbs gradually through a marvelously cylindrical rhododendron tunnel. This first section of the hike is a self-guiding nature trail, with resting benches and signs identifying plants." Read more

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7/20/2018
The Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina is really a beautiful place. This is a short hike and easy but it's really a wonderful place to see some amazing views. Sometimes it can be crowded though. One of the best times to go if you can make it is during sunrise or sunset which looks unbelievable from the view at the outlook.
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7/11/2018
This is a short trail but very beautiful when the flowers are in bloom and the scenic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains are incredible. It can be very crowded at times though. If you can make it, going at sunrise or sunset would beat the crowds and make the 360 degree views at the top amazing.
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5/10/2018
This section of the Blue Ridge Parkway is very scenic and has many good trails and views. Have driven this section many times .
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10/10/2010
I'm a local, and frequent these trails. Quick, short, beautiful trails with enough hill to make me feel like I did something!Often get caught in the clouds up there(which is a neat experience itself) and other times have amazing views!
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10/24/2005
I've hiked this trail down to Douglass Falls - one of the best spots in WNC - many times and it's well worth the effort. However, one should be aware that during hunting season there are bear hunters with rifles loaded using the trail system at Craggy Gardens and hunting bear near Douglass Falls.
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Trail Information

Blue Ridge Parkway
Nearby City
Blue Ridge Parkway
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Views, Wildflowers
Features
Blue Ridge Parkway: 828-298-0398, nps.gov/blri
Local Contacts
National Geographic #779 Linville Gorge, Mount Mitchell, USGS Craggy Pinnacle
Local Maps

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Dec 2018