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Pets allowed
Yes
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
1.40 mi (2.25 km)
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This 1.4-mile round trip hike just might offer Ashville's closest 360-degree views. The trail is well maintained, includes steps in the steepest portions, and it opens to a grassy meadow with the option to continue a few hundred yards to an upper or lower viewpoint. Both viewpoints offer informational signage and have been built up with natural rock, creating a crow's nest from which to enjoy the views. 

The lower trail is surrounded by rhododendrons, while the upper trail features blueberries and mountain laurel, making this a great early summer destination to enjoy the blossoms. Near the top, exceptionally rare and sensitive vegetation has made a home for itself, so it is important to remain on trail at all times. Overall, this is an accessible resource in the Asheville area with incredible views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Parkway.

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

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

360-degree views. Easy to find. Multiple viewpoints.

Cons

Can be crowded.

Trailhead Elevation

5,660.00 ft (1,725.17 m)

Net Elevation Gain

250.00 ft (76.20 m)

Address

Blue Ridge Pkwy
3641
Barnardsville, NC 28709
United States

Features

Bird watching
Wildlife
Big vistas
Wildflowers

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Comments

03/12/2017
Great write up! Craggy is a gorgeous spot year around!
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