Crabtree Falls Trail

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Crabtree Falls Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately 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.

DISTANCE
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
580 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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 loop trail located off the Blue Ridge Parkway, leading to 70' Crabtree Falls.

7 days ago

Awesome easy trail!

hiking
16 days ago

Crabtree falls is the hidden gem of blue ridge parkway. It is one of the most beautiful waterfalls I have ever seen. It is less than three miles all together and is dog friendly. The hike is slightly more challenging when the rocky trail is wet, but still easy for a “strenuous” trail.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a great hike with with nice views and a beautiful waterfall. The trail is well marked and even though it is classified as moderate most would have to consider it easy. You can access it off the parkway and the trail head is obvious. I chose to do the hike counter clockwise but I think ether way is going to be about equal. The only challenging part going counter clockwise was hundred yards or so right after the falls. There are definitely plenty of rocks and roots to navigate through out the hike so proper shoes are a must. I saw no one else on the trail even though it was a gorgeous December day. I highly recommend this hike, it’s less than 3 miles to complete the loop and it can be accomplished at a fast pace. You can step right up to the falls and get some awesome photos.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome waterfall! You can get within about 10' of the bottom of the falls, with the best access being from the left side as you approach. The trail is rather easy. The only difficult part is after crossing the creek. Lots of switchback and elevation gain. But the trial is a very cool hike; natural surface once away from the parking/camping areas and very scenic.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a beautiful hike. It is a very rocky trail in places and was more strenuous than I expected but I highly recommend it.

hiking
3 months ago

Wonderful trail! The hike was very pretty (a little wet in places but easily navigable). The waterfall was gorgeous. Had the bonus excitement of getting proposed to at the base of the falls! Side note, I found 2 camera SD cards in plastic cases on the right side of the falls. If anyone is missing them, please message me on Facebook!

hiking
3 months ago

loved this place! ♡

3 months ago

Loved this hike!! Still slot of fall color !

3 months ago

Beautiful views!! Do the whole loop!!

3 months ago

Amazing views

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike! It’s worth doing the longer loop around. Beautiful falls.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike if you do the 3 mile loop! Beautiful falls and streams.

4 months ago

One of my favorite waterfalls!!! It’s beautiful!! Definitely worth a trip back!

hiking
5 months ago

This trail is perfect for those wanting an easy hike with a big waterfall. Compared to other falls in the area, this one feels lacking due to the minimal amount of water going over the falls. Its a nice photo opportunity but will leave you wanting more!

hiking
5 months ago

Awesome trail took about 3 hours great view!

6 months ago

I left a purple rain rock at the base of the falls hidden at the forked tree. A truly special person will find that rock and hide it again. I added a pic to this sight. This rock was found by my husband and I in Lexington NC and traveled with us to the Blueridge Parkway then to Crabtree Falls to be hidden again for the next lucky traveler! Excellent hike.

6 months ago

beautiful falls. even though the hike down was richly in a few places, it went quickly. continued the circuit on the longer more moderate trail coming out, which more or less follows the creek and has a different beauty. lovely hike.

6 months ago

Great uphill workout. Wear proper shoes because the rocks hurt on the way back down from the top. We saw one copperhead who minded its own business. The waterfall is okay, but you can't play in the water here.

hiking
6 months ago

Absolutely a beautiful Waterfall, hike is not bad at all. I really enjoyed this one.

hiking
6 months ago

Absolutely stunning

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