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Great hike, walk. Not hard. Go at your own pace. My mom in her 70s did just fine. Nice view at... read more

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Candler, North Carolina
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Reviewed yesterday

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.

Thank meadorkarla
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Reviewed 2 days ago

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

Thank Rick n Deb H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 has souvenirs, great view and a bathroom. If you want a longer and slightly more challenging hike, park in the picnic area and hike up to the ranger station and then on to the craggy pinnacle. I've done that in the snow and on hot summer days. Always a treat.

Thank Tim A
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 those types that are not familiar with how nature works. Sometimes it rains. Sometimes it rains when you want to visit. Leaf color or flower blooms cannot be predicted.
Just go and enjoy the fresh air and fragrence of the forest and accept what is available to you.

Thank Bob H
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

Thank rdhdgds
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited in the fall and the foliage was so beautiful! The whole drive up to the Craggy Gardens was gorgeous with plenty of places to stop off and take pictures.

Thank erikac61483
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Travel about fifteen miles outside of Asheville on the Blue Ridge Parkway and you will come to a unique and breathtaking landscape. We stopped at the Craggy Gardens visitor center in late October. It was already closed for the season. We were not there to see the visitor center anyway. We were there to hike and picnic. Albeit a bit of a cold picnic. We were here in late October. The prior evening there had been some snow fall in the mountainous area. It was in the low 40's when we began our hike (50's in Asheville).

The Craggy Gardens Trail is one of the top 15 hikes in North Carolina on many websites. We took note and undertook the hilly hike. It is around 2 miles round trip from the visitors center to the picnic area. We had planned ahead for a very scenic picnic lunch. In spite of the cold temps we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The craggy name comes from the eerie rhododendrons that form a tunnel that you walk under in many places. The best time to see and do this hike is in May to June when the flowers are in full bloom. But we enjoyed it even in October.

Bring warm clothes because there is quite an elevation change. This is one of the most scenic hikes we have ever undertook. We are very glad to have done it. If you look up to the closest mountain to the Visitors Center you will see people at the top no doubt. That mountain has a great lookout (also one of North Carolinas top 15 hikes). The trail that leads to that mountain top is called the Craggy Pinnacle trail. We tackled both trails in one day. Our hiking app said we hiked right at 4 miles for both trails. It also said we gained over 900' of elevation in the hikes. So they are not what we would call easy trails but not strenuous either.

We highly recommend these trails and the area when in Asheville or traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Thank wetravelalot007
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome picnic area with plenty of parking. The trail from the picnic area to the visitor center was pretty and fun, with great views over the Blue Ridge mountains. If you hike up and back it is a total of 1.6 miles, and although there are uphill stretches, it is not strenuous.

Thank Sarah K
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The hiking at Craggy Gardens off the Blue Ridge Parkway was very good. We took the Craggy Garden trail west to the Mountain to Sea Trail. Went about 7 moderate miles round trip. Beautiful. Can continue further but we ran out of time.

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