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hiking
3 days ago

Spectacular at sunrise! Gorgeous views st the top and lovely goi g up and down. It’s an easy hike but if you’re trying to catch the sunrise, allow enough time to make the short trek to the top since it’s so steep.

Short and fairly steep hike with great end views for a relatively easy hike. I’m 38.5 weeks pregnant and able to hike. Looking forward to going back in June or July to see the rhododendrons in full bloom. Make sure to wear hiking shoes with a good grip due to some slippery wet rocks.

Great views

One of my favorite spots to watch the sunset!

nice, short trail. beautiful view at the top.

scenic driving
1 month ago

We have driven this numerous times on motorcycle and car. Beautiful.

Very easy trail on the parkway offering great views!

If you are looking for an easy trail that gives great 360 views- this is one of the best in that regard

on Craggy Pinnacle Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Great short hike to the summit from the parking area. You ascend around 400ft over 3/4 mile so not to bad. The trail is dirt and rocks. Great views at the top.

Nice short hike, it took maybe 10 minutes to get to the viewpoint. If you’re able to get up there on a less cloudy evening for sunset, it’s an incredible view!

NOT ticks! Don't worry! They're weevils.

Great short hike with spectacular 360o view! Only 0.4 miles up (the trail sign said 0.7 miles, but my GPS only measured 0.4mi). Wildflowers on trail. I went on a Tuesday late afternoon, and it was only lightly trafficked.

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Short hike. A little steep but a great 360 degree view.

Such a short hike with such a big payoff! I know one reviewer said that they had been swarmed by ticks the other day, but I was just up there today and the little black bugs that were up there were NOT ticks, they were weevils!! It’s gorgeous, best around sunset if you can!

scenic driving
3 months ago

Breathtaking views along this scenic drive. My husband and I did it all the way through and thoroughly enjoyed it!

Beautiful trail but when we got to the top we were swarmed by ticks. Not just a few. Each of us were covered with 20 to 30. What was weird was that it was at the rocky part at the top. People were running down screaming. Weirdest thing ever.

hiking
3 months ago

Gorgeous 360° views. You can get the most amazing panoramic shots. Very mild and brief hike.

Watch out for ticks! Went up July 4th around 7 PM.

Totally gray and misty day but a great hike with the family. Pretty certain we saw some fairies...

trail running
5 months ago

Very tourist-y

Easy and kinda busy but beautiful views!

hiking
5 months ago

Uphill all the way headed to the pinnacle (all downhill coming back) with several spurs - takes about 30 minutes altogether. Highly recommend.

hiking
6 months ago

Very nice hike and perfect weather. This isn't a difficult trail and it has 360 degree views. You can see to the Black Mountains, Grandfather Mountain, and all kinds of views. The climb is a little rocky but very manageable for most people and kids.

i spent 2 month hiking spet and oct 2017 and seeing sites on and all round the skline and parkway and through 6 southern states and this little trail gives you some on the most incredible views i had seen during my trip. i know some people need to hike miles and miles to be satisfied but they won't see views like this. if you are anywhere near here (even if you have to drive a few hours) i promise you won't be sorry.

Stunning Views from the top!

scenic driving
8 months ago

Excellent summer afternoon drive when it’s too hot/humid out to get on a trail. Only issue is when you get caught up near a group of motorcyclists it makes it difficult to get into any of the scenic overlooks.

Great all year...there is always something to see and in the winter you don't have to go far from the road to see frozen water falls. Great day trip with the little ones!

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!!

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.

Short uphill hike, great for viewing sunsets.

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