Crabtree Falls Trail Loop [CLOSED]

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Blue Ridge Parkway

Crabtree Falls Trail Loop [CLOSED] 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.

Distance: 2.6 miles Elevation Gain: 577 feet 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

closed

Note: This area is currently inaccessible due to COVID-19 road closures. For more information, please see https://www.nps.gov/maps/full.html?mapId=e212fcb5-4ff9-4787-bbe4-3d40cc0d0daa#8/36.404/-81.656 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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closed
24 days ago

Blue Ridge Parkway closed before you can get to Crabtree Falls. This trail is closed!!!! 5/2/20

hiking
24 days ago

The trail/road to the trail is closed because of COVID-19.

hiking
28 days ago

Great place to hike. I’d say it moderate, takes about 3-5 hours. Be sure to bring snacks and water for your breaks. But overall this is my favorite hike I’ve been on.

hiking
1 month ago

Can’t access because of blue ridge closure :(

1 month ago

great trail

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rocky
1 month ago

Loved this hike. Lots of rocks on way down to the falls, I’d be tempted next time to veer to left and go to the falls and back that way instead of a loop since the second part of the trail continuing on from the falls is more dirt as opposed to so many rocks or many tree roots on the way down. There are a handful of benches to catch your breath along the way. Anyhow the view of the falls is wonderful. Take in the view from right below. Great exercise to and from.

such a beautiful place with great views.

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muddy
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Easy to find and easy to park. About a .7 mile hike, downhill the entire way, to the falls, but man were the falls spectacular. Since we were with a couple older hikers, did not explore the other half of the loop, so went right back uphill. And that was a hike

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4 months ago

Short walk in the woods to an amazing waterfall. Lots of water on the trail today and coming over the falls.

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blowdown
4 months ago

Gorgeous New Years Day hike- even though it was barely above freezing at the trailhead! A bit of mud and the downed tree a previous reviewer mentioned made it a bit more challenging than it would otherwise have been, but just the right amount of exertion for me when I'm getting over the tail end of a chest cold. Only saw 4-5 groups of other people, which made for an easy hike with the dog.

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rocky
4 months ago

Beautiful little hike. Quite muddy after the recent rain storm— wearing proper footwear would’ve been nice. But not a deal breaker. Beware of the fallen trees — some crawling and scrambling is needed. There are no facilities so come prepared.

recorded Crabtree Falls Trail Loop

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5 months ago

Great trail with great views!!

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muddy
rocky
scramble
5 months ago

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blowdown
5 months ago

Hiked this on Christmas Day (2019) and it was sooo beautiful. We did the full circular hike - and there is a rather substantial tree down right across the trail and on a steep slope of the hill about 500 yards beyond the falls - will post a photo of this - looks like it came down fairly recently. We also saw six deer on the return, close to the campsite. All Trails never ceases to amaze me with its accuracy!

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5 months ago

Nice little hike. Not too bad for the area.

hiking
5 months ago

Awesome waterfalls!!! It was a nice hike. When I go back, I'll go in on the left side... pretty steep coming out if you do the loop. Love hiking in the winter. Only seen 4 people at mid day...

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rocky
5 months ago

great trail, but I would not recommend for small children.

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muddy
6 months ago

Trail was wet and muddy after the rain yesterday. A few slippery spots. Short hike with a little incline. Beautiful waterfall.

running
6 months ago

nice hike, some decent incline and decline at points but nothing crazy. waterfall is beautiful. trail is easy to find. I recommend

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful trail, especially in the fall. Easy for kids and dogs...little tough going up after the falls, but the views are breathtaking. Definitely a favorite.

hiking
6 months ago

A short, high-end of easy, trail that has a little bit of everything; spectacular clifftop views, a babbling brook, and about a sixty foot waterfall!

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6 months ago

This was an incredible hike. The falls were beautiful and well worth the hike to get there. One of my favorites!

7 months ago

incredible!!! we were able to go when it was slightly rainy and very foggy and the leaves were just changing Oct 26 2019. it made for an incredible visual hike. unlike any other I've been on. easy hike and worth it!!

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