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I like to hike here in June when the Rhododendrons are in full bloom, and in fall when the colors... read more

Reviewed February 12, 2019
Asheville, North Carolina
A unique place to hike

This unique area has so much to offer. The crowds go up to the bald a short walk from the parking... read more

Reviewed February 4, 2019
Asheville, North Carolina
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Craggy Gardens Visitor Center, Mile Marker 364 on the Blue Ridge Pkwy, Asheville, NC 28711
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Reviewed February 12, 2019

I like to hike here in June when the Rhododendrons are in full bloom, and in fall when the colors are bright. Less than an hour from Asheville, it's easy to get to. There are many different trail segments, each with different views and highlights....More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed February 4, 2019

This unique area has so much to offer. The crowds go up to the bald a short walk from the parking lot. It's ok but there are many other balds with better views. A good hike is across the parking lot up to the crest...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed January 20, 2019

Good for a short or a long hike from the visitor center.The views from the top of the trail are priceless in all directions. Make sure you come on a clear day. Blueberries along the trail in season are yours for the picking. But AGAIN:...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed December 11, 2018

Craggy Gardens is at a high elevation. We stopped before reaching the picnic area and we took a walk path that provided meadow areas, and areas that was like walking through a living tunnel. But drive to the top because the view is magnificent and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
3  Thank ghallman1912
Reviewed November 15, 2018

Great hike, walk. Not hard. Go at your own pace. My mom in her 70s did just fine. Nice view at end, even on a cloudy day. Nature at its best and free. The blooms and overhanging foliage make the trail special.

Date of experience: April 2018
3  Thank meadorkarla
Reviewed November 14, 2018

Staff is very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful.....Items for sale are not your usual touristy junk.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank debrah310
Reviewed November 9, 2018

When visiting Asheville or traveling the Parkway, a trip to Craggy Gardens and a hike to the pinnacle with its 360°, 5000 foot plus elevation, is an excellent outing. Young children have no trouble reaching the pinnacle and it is nice that the ranger station...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Tim A
Reviewed November 6, 2018

We went up here to see the fall leaves and were not disappointed. It was crowded but the views great.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Jjmat49022
Reviewed November 5, 2018

The walk is not that difficult; there are a few challenging spots but nothing that a child could not negotiate. The view from the top is pretty impressive. People that complain that there are not enough flowers, the trail is too hard or muddy are...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Bob H
Reviewed November 4, 2018 via mobile

Loved this overlook, beautiful views. It’s in a high elevation area though, so bring a jacket and scarf and hat! It was super chilly, and snow/ice on trees and ground. Beautiful area though.

Date of experience: November 2018
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May 21, 2018|
Response from Susie G | Reviewed this property |
They weren't completely but it was still beautiful.
March 23, 2018|
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Response from 256lisam256 | Reviewed this property |
yes, easy hike !
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Response from 132Karen132 | Reviewed this property |
I have only been in the Fall, Spring and Summer. Given the beauty of each season in the area I would say it would be a prefect time!!