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.
dogs on leash
Crabtree Falls is a moderate 3 mile loop trail located off the Blue Ridge Parkway, leading to 70' Crabtree Falls.
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.
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.
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.
Went for my husbands birthday and it was a beautiful trail and waterfall. We also enjoyed the ride through parkway.
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.
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!
Beautiful! Great hike.
Fun and pretty hike, wear good hiking shoes, lots of rocks
What's not to love about a hike in the woods off the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway to a 60' waterfall?
I was there last Friday and it was a beautiful day. I can't wait to hike to the falls again.
My boyfriend and I really enjoyed this hike. The waterfall is beautiful and the trip isn't too strenuous but it did feel like a workout. We saw kids hiking too on this path so it's a great choice for families as well.
It was a moderate walk we took two kids 5 and 3 yr olds. They did only 2miles out of the 2.7. Also took our 2yr old lab&german Shepard also loved loved it. But overall great and worth it. Must see waterfall.
Just beautiful. It was a little strenuous on the way out. I stopped three times to let my heart rate recover. I'm 58 and in moderately good shape. Still, there was an older man with a cane just taking his time so I feel most could do this and it's gorgeous. The loop is easier than retracing your steps out.