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Craggy Gardens

Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina

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  • Looking out of the gazebo at Craggy Gardens.- Craggy Gardens
  • The gazebo likely once had a great panoramic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, but the dense underbrush has since grown into the gap.- Craggy Gardens
  • The sparsely spaced trees on this hike are a nice relief from the claustrophobic effects of dense rhododendron growth that is common on other trails in the region.- Craggy Gardens
  • The trails are well maintained with moderate pitches.- Craggy Gardens
  • - Craggy Gardens
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Pros: 
Easy access. Well-maintained trails. Great views.
Cons: 
Can be crowded. Prime tick habitat.
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Region:
Blue Ridge Mountains, NC
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
450.00 ft (137.16 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.40 mi (2.25 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,200.00 ft (1,584.96 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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This trail can be accessed from either the Bearpen Gap Overlook and Craggy Gardens Picnic Area or the Craggy Gardens Visitor Center. Both routes are 1.4 miles round trip, although approaching from the visitor center requires only 200 feet of elevation gain. Both areas have water fountains and restrooms, and each offers impressive views.

The trail features mixed hardwoods and rhododendrons, and there is a wide meadow near the summit that is often filled with wildflowers and lined with blueberries. A large shelter near the summit provides respite from sun and rain (though not the wind), and a small overlook area with benches has been built up with natural stone.

While the main trail is clearly marked and well maintained, don't be afraid to stray, following the small footpaths that weave their way through the forest. They often lead to interesting trees to climb, overlooks, and in one case, an old gazebo.

If you have time for more hiking after the pinnacle, check out nearby Craggy Pinnacle.

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