Crabtree Falls Trail

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Crabtree Falls Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Marion, NC that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.7 miles 712 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Crabtree Falls is a moderate 3 mile loop trail located off the Blue Ridge Parkway, leading to 70' Crabtree Falls.

7 days ago

Loved it no one else on the trail waterfall is awesome worth the effort

11 days ago

fantastic hike! loved this. very beautiful

13 days ago

27 days ago

Great trail and beautiful waterfall! I heard some say they went to the Falls and left the same way. I highly recommend you take the entire loop. It is so worth the journey! Enjoy!!

1 month ago

It's listed as hard, but it's not too bad. Watch your footing!

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice trail to some beautiful falls. Have hike this trail several times.

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked on Saturday and it was great.

We decided to hike the loop, counter clockwise, and included the connector that is indicated as 0.4 miles on the AllTrails map.

The trail is well marked and well maintained. There are areas that are rather rocky and some areas that were somewhat muddy from gully wash.

Going down to the falls (counter clockwise) is relatively quick. There are three or four sections of rock stairs.

The falls are beautiful and much larger than pictures show. There is a large wooden bridge that spans the creek approximately 50 yards downstream that offers a solid view and a sitting bench. I found the best spot to hang out by the falls (when facing) is on the right banks.

When leaving the falls, going counter clockwise, there is a rather steep section of a few hundred yards with about three or four switchbacks. This section is the most strenuous part of the hike.

After the steep section, you come to an exposed rock/cave section. There looked to be a trail that looped around back of it from the right side, which I did not explore. Shortly after this, if my memory is correct, there is a stone stair case. Shortly after this stair case there is a spur to the left of the trail that leads to a small cliff / opening. This offered a nice view of the trees and mountainside. The falls could be heard but not seen from here.

The trail crosses the creek (which becomes the falls) and maintains a relatively straight path with a slight incline for some time. This section is quite pleasant and secluded, we did not pass or see many other hikers during this section.

The loop ends at Parking/Camping section B. We decided to take a connecting trail back to the original trailhead, rather than walking through the camp sites.

I thoroughly enjoyed this hike and give it four stars rather than five as I wish there were a few more clearings / view points of the falls and or surrounding mountains.

hiking
1 month ago

A little challenging also a bit Rocky but overall it's a Perfect hike. Beautiful waterfall and light traffic. Brought all 3 dogs and it was ideal for them too. 2 mile loop is ideal.

hiking
1 month ago

I would give this 3.5 stars if I could, but not quite 4. It was a fun day but was very narrow at many points.

1 month ago

Went for my husbands birthday and it was a beautiful trail and waterfall. We also enjoyed the ride through parkway.

hiking
2 months ago

A great hike right off the Blue Ridge Parkway to a gorgeous 70 foot waterfall. It's also a good workout, especially if you come back by completing a counterclockwise loop...taking the steeper climb on the other side of the falls.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike, gorgeous waterfall! There are 2 trails to the waterfall, one is a little more strenuous. I took this one down and the other back up. The more strenuous hike wasn't too bad, just more rocky towards the end and also some built in rock stairs. The hike back out, which I took the less strenuous, is a little longer, but no matter which trail you take, they're both up hill and (for me), a bit of a work out! I didn't mind and had it not been a hot, humid summer day, it would've been much better. The waterfall is worth it. Just wear hiking appropriate shoes and water. Enjoy!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful! Great hike.

2 months ago

3 months ago

Fun and pretty hike, wear good hiking shoes, lots of rocks

3 months ago

3 months ago

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3 months ago

What's not to love about a hike in the woods off the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway to a 60' waterfall?