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Nice hike. Lots of icicles this time of year still. The views on the bald are really nice however the power lines and cell tower are a distracting disappointment.

Love this hike. I have done it usually once a year for the past 18 years. Easy to get too. Dog and kid friendly.

Fun and an easy place to run!

Stunning Views from the top!

Easy trail that follows along the Swannanoa River. About 6 miles round trip. Connects to other trails maintained by Warren Wilson College. Park at Charles Owen Park to access the east end of the trail. Got the river to your left and farmland to the right. Plenty of outlets to the river off trail. You'll run into a lot of the Warren Wilson students here...chillin' and smokin'. But nothing too spectacular.

26 days ago

Great, short hike to a bald mountain with incredible views. Our pups loved it! Only regret is that we didn’t bring lunch and games to hang out longer at the top!

Moderate hike with a steady incline. Beautiful view at the top but you’re not at the top of a mountain- it’s an old horse pasture!

Next time I go, I am taking a lunch and having it on the Summit. Nice grassy area and a good view, Have Fun!

After a January snowfall and subsequent melt the trail to the summit was gooey mud. However, the wintertime views from the meadow summit were well worth the slog, especially the view down the gorge to Lake Lure. We hiked back down the road, much quicker and easier, alongside sheets of ice and massive icicles extruding from the roadside rocks.

great little hike, with a variety of scenery. There's enough of an elevation game here to get your attention but it's not too bad. The loop section is really cool as you walk through the rhododendron. the history of the rattlesnake Lodge itself is pretty interesting and it's always cool to see the ruins. Be careful and pay attention to the markings, at the top of the loop make sure you take the blue markers down the hill. If you keep staying on the white marked Trail it'll take you a much further than you're anticipating going.

Craggy Pinnacle offers some wonderful 360 degree views from atop the lookout. As it is a shorter hike many people from out of town like to stop in while driving along the blue ridge highway. If it is windy, or the weather isn’t looking nice, keep in mind there is little protection. I live close to Douglas Falls so I actually hike from the Barnardsville side at Douglas Falls and cut through to the pinnacle trail. If you have the time hike down to the Falls!!

Well maintained trail with incredible summit views.

Short hike with beautiful views

I have hiked this trail many times and during different seasons. It is especially beautiful when the rhododendrons are in bloom.

Great hike. Pay attention to blue and white trail markings. You'll be Happy you did.

Not many hikers and only a few hikers. Very easy hike.

3 months ago

Beautiful hike! And cool historic destination. Blue trail to the left (after settlement) is surprisingly challenging for such a chill trail, but the rhody tunnel at 4100 ft is worth the climb!

3 months ago

The views here are just breathtaking. Excellent trail to do later in the day so you can catch the sunset up top. Definitely will go back in the spring for the blooming rhododendrons.

3 months ago

Short uphill hike, great for viewing sunsets.

Special surprise at the top. I agree that this is not hard, but definitely worth checking out. the drive to the trailhead is beautiful.

Saw a bunch of pilated woodpeckers on this trail and camped out in Dr. Ambler's "den"---- cool little hike!

very easy hike and great for dogs..be prepared for your puppy to go swimming! can be busy during weekends, but still makes a nice hike

4 months ago

Driven by it several times but stopped this time and definitely a great hike with some of the best views in the area. Short hike but packs plenty of punch.

4 months ago

Trail is very nice. When you start on the trail, you are following the white blazes. When you are at the top of the loop make sure you turn on the blue blaze trail, to send you down the mountain. If you continue on the white blaze you will be taken off of this trail and onto the “Mountain to Sea” trail. This was not known to me when I was on this hike. Enjoy!

I would not consider it hard, but it was a great little hike

super hard hike! beautiful and well worth the view at the end. the trail is well maintained and wide enough to walk and enjoy nature around you

Short and easy, very pretty!

4 months ago

Great trail. Well kept and a great hike. Clouds obscured the view today but it was still well worth the climb.

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