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Pinnacle Hike at Craggy Gardens

Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina

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  • Visitor center.- Pinnacle Hike at Craggy Gardens
  • Beginning of the trail.- Pinnacle Hike at Craggy Gardens
  • View from the parking area.- Pinnacle Hike at Craggy Gardens
  • Trail signage.- Pinnacle Hike at Craggy Gardens
  • Hiking along the trail.- Pinnacle Hike at Craggy Gardens
  • Vast views.- Pinnacle Hike at Craggy Gardens
  • Take a left to reach the summit or right for the overlook.- Pinnacle Hike at Craggy Gardens
  • Western view from summit.- Pinnacle Hike at Craggy Gardens
  • From the summit looking over the visitor center.- Pinnacle Hike at Craggy Gardens
  • Sweeping views from the summit.- Pinnacle Hike at Craggy Gardens
  • On top of the summit.- Pinnacle Hike at Craggy Gardens
  • A bench at the top of the summit.- Pinnacle Hike at Craggy Gardens
  • The hike to the summit isn't too strenuous.- Pinnacle Hike at Craggy Gardens
  • Flowers at the summit.- Pinnacle Hike at Craggy Gardens
  • View from the overlook.- Pinnacle Hike at Craggy Gardens
  • Craggy Gardens signage.- Pinnacle Hike at Craggy Gardens
  • Visitor center.- Pinnacle Hike at Craggy Gardens
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great views. Short hike. Wildflowers.
Cons: 
Can be crowded in the summer.
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Region:
Blue Ridge Mountains, NC
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
200.00 ft (60.96 m)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.50 mi (2.41 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,892.00 ft (1,795.88 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Craggy Gardens Pinnacle Trail offers amazing views, gorgeous wildflowers, and a relaxed hike. The Pinnacle Trail tops out just shy of 6,000 feet and provides a panoramic vista with benches and excellent viewing perches. 

Hiking to the pinnacle is best in early summer when the rhododendrons are in bloom, but it is still just as impressive in later seasons. The twisted branches provide a tunnel-like feel for the majority of the trail. There are multiple overlook spots off of the trail that provide glimpses of what is to come at the top. Since the trail is a simple 1.5-mile out-and-back, it is a quick jaunt up and around. 

The top of the Pinnacle Trail is truly amazing. The 360-degree view provides a look out into the Pisgah Wilderness, parts of Asheville, and beyond. From the stone viewing areas, one can sit on the wooden benches, see the visitor center, and admire the famous blue hues of the Blue Ridge Mountains layer by layer.

Prior to reaching the parking area for Craggy Gardens Pinnacle Trail (if you're coming from Asheville), you'll pass the Craggy Gardens Picnic Area. The picnic area is large and well laid out, which is perfect for families. After passing the picnic area, the Craggy Gardens Visitor Center will be on the right. With a beautiful western view out over the mountains, the visitor center offers snacks, a gift shop and clean bathrooms. 

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