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Crabtree Falls Trail Loop is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Marion, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. 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.

Length 2.6 mi Elevation gain 577 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Partially paved

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

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Getting There

Parking is at the crabtree falls campground area or visitors center.

Blue Ridge Parkway headquarters is at Milepost 384 in Asheville, NC. The mailing address is 199 Hemphill Knob Road Asheville, NC 28803-8686. Reach park headquarters by phone at (828) 271 4779. The park information line at (828) 298 0398 has the most updated information on facilities and activities. Also Watauga County District U Tourism Development Authority (Watauga County TDA) 815 W. King Street, Suite 10 Boone, NC 28607 828-266-1345 Phone 828-266-1346 Fax wataugatda@gmail.com www.ExploreBooneArea.com Visitor Center: High Country Host Visitor Center 1700 Blowing Rock Road (Hwy 321) Boone, NC 28607 (828) 264-1299

Crabtree Falls is at Milepost 339.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway (about 45 miles north of Asheville), about 15 miles north of Mount Mitchell and 24 miles south of Linville Falls. Turn into the northernmost entrance to the Crabtree Falls Recreation Area and bear right into the campground. Just past the campground contact station, turn right into the trailhead.

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Completed (1994)
Kaitlynn Lloyd
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HikingFlooded

The falls are amazing!! We did the loop, starting with loop A and ending with loop B. There are slick rocks on the way down so be careful. The hike back is very strenuous for the first bit but definitely evens out and gives areas for rest. Definitely recommend!

Dom Aleandri
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nice, moderate trail. do the full loop, strenuous exit for the first .3 miles but evens out. gorgeous water fall.

Robert Dick
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Hiking

Moderate with sections of strenuous well worth the hike great water fall

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Bethea Schnuit
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Hiking

This waterfall is GORGEOUS! We did the loop. Most people we saw went down and then back up the same way- shorter walk and easier that way. The trail down is very wet and lots of slick rocks. The loop back up was challenging for me- I'm not very fit- but after about half a mile of certain death, it evened out and was great. had public bathrooms which was nice. Would definitely do it again.

Kimberly M.
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Hiking

Loved the falls. Lots of self made paths that were same size as the main trail, so we made a wrong turn that led for an insanely steep ascent instead of taking the trail with switchbacks. Overall, I really liked it.

Joann Menzer
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Hiking

Most miserable hike of our entire 4 days spent at Pisgah. We hiked to so many other beautiful waterfalls in Pisgah, not sure why everyone flicks to this one. Miserable descent which of course equally miserable ascent. No where to really sit and chill at the falls due to crowds and topography.

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Andrew Pobrica
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Hiking

it's a good trail, I might recommend hiking the loop backwards since right after you leave the waterfall the trail gets pretty steep for a bit as it leads you behind the waterfall.

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Kelly Mullany Dewey
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Hiking

I did this trail with my 11 year old daughter we took loop a down and loop b back so it was a full loop. I think if we had done the reverse it would have been more difficult because it would’ve been more of an incline coming back. I liked the way we went. It took Us about and hour and half and we stopped at the falls for a snack not sure if my odometer was accurate but it said 5 miles.

Jenipher McMillan
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HikingMuddyRocky

I was kind of weary since I was alone and not from the mountains I’m used to hiking flatter land and beaches. The beginning of the trail was very Rocky and wet. I went against the advice and took the “harder” path back out and enjoyed it more. Less traffic and less rocky just more steep but made for better cardio! The falls are absolutely beautiful. Proper footwear is essential. I saw a lot of older folks and kids too.

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Shlomo Siegelman
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Maya Maranz
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Hiking

Beautiful falls!!! Just know that the trail on the right is extremely steep compared to the starting trail we took!

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Jeremy Lassila
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Benjamin Wolf
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Hiking

Easy to follow and great views!

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Maranda Coleman
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HikingGreat!Rocky

We started the trail at about 4pm and got to the waterfall around 4:50. On the way down it started to sprinkle, so we saw lots of people coming back up but by the tome we made it down, the rain had held off and we had the falls to ourselves! Got some pictures and relaxed for a few minutes, drank some water and ate some crackers on the bench. Left the falls around 5:20 and we just went back up the way we came in on the shorter side because we knew it was going to start getting dark and potentially start raining again soon. Got back to the start of the trail at 6pm and back at our car about 10 after! Loved this trail, it was beautiful for my first waterfall!!

Sean Guldi
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Hiking

Steep steps down (not too bad) to the falls. Great views, large falls, tons of shade on the hike (summer). Hike back up the other (longer side of loop) wasn’t as steep as other part of the loop. Splashed in water below the falls to cool off. Great hike.

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Jessica Watson
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Hiking

My favorite waterfall in the Eastern U.S. Accessible trail. Take it in, absorb it.

Justin Michael
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Hiking

As always one of my favorite trails and favorite waterfalls We hike this waterfall at least once a year. Definitely one of North Carolina's most iconic waterfalls.

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Caleb Mayfield
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christa sturgeon
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Hillary Barger
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Hiking

Great trail! We went after it had rained and the waterfall was very impressive. Took the strenuous route and it wasn’t too bad.

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Melissa Mauldin
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Hiking

Instead of the loop, we took the short side out and back. My 4 year old daughter was with us and we wanted to get back to the car before the rain started. It was pretty steep, but well marked, and not too challenging. Some slippery rocks, so be sure to wear good shoes.

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Christi Lippman
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Hiking

Beautiful trail! Its easy walk down to the falls. There were some beautiful mushrooms and fragrant leaves that made the trail a little more enchanting. For the most part you could social distance just a couple tight spaces. Not a place to swim, but you could sit close by the falls and cool down getting misted. Incline on the way up. You could take a 1.7 trail back to the parking lot which I assume is a bit less incline. We went back the way we came which was .9 and had to take a couple breather breaks.

Jared Rubens
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HikingMuddy

Great trail. Moderate foot traffic. A bit wet due to rain the day before. Waterfall was breathtaking!

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