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Crabtree Falls Trail Loop

MODERATE 571 reviews
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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.

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

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.

hiking
muddy
rocky
12 days ago

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

hiking
muddy
17 days ago

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

running
24 days ago

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

hiking
30 days 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
1 month 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!

hiking
1 month ago

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

1 month 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!!

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked 10/24, I loved this trail. Very enjoyable and a perfect fall day. The leaves are starting to peak right now and it was so beautiful just walking in the woods. The falls are breathtaking. The trail terrain is rockier on the side with the gradual incline. The route with the steeper incline has some 40-50% grades but these inclines were short. I took the steep part back up from the falls. I would agree with a moderate rating. It’s pretty easy except for that steep little section. Lots of photographers at the falls and pretty heavy traffic for a Thursday but a fun day!

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rocky
1 month ago

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Fantastic hike to a beautiful waterfall. Strenuous hike but worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

favorite waterfall!

hiking
2 months ago

We (ages 20-62) took the east side of the loop going in and was glad we did. Their are a lot of rocks and steps and going down hill was steeper than coming out on the west side loop. The west side loop has a quick short incline coming out of the falls was tough but doable. Awesome photos of the waterfalls. Would suggest this direction for older folks.

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rocky
2 months ago

We walked this trail on a damp overcast day. The falls were beautiful and the loop trail was a bit challenging but not too much. Trail is completely wooded. Nice setting.

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

Well traveled and moderately challenging. Going down to the falls and coming up is not easy in some portions. Lots of inexperienced hikers made it but I would not advise this trail if you or someone you are traveling with has immobility problems. The falls were breathtaking and something that was worth the hike to see. Our favorite hike of the day.

hiking
2 months ago

absolutely beautiful with varied scenery!

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

Great variety. Easy hikes in areas and challenging in others. Falls are wonderful!!

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

Really enjoyed this hike with the family. We found a few Salamanders along the way which was exciting for the kids. Some parts of the trail was pretty rocky, so good hiking shoes/boots should be worn.

hiking
rocky
washed out
2 months ago

Amazing payoff for a decent hike. A few parts of the trail are a little washed out and rocky, just be sure to wear good shoes and you’ll be fine.

hiking
2 months ago

Good trail with steep decline in the beginning. Waterfall was very awesome. Much bigger than we thought and great place to take pictures. We completed the loop with some steep uphill climb’s and well-maintained trails through the woods. Definitely worth the hike.

hiking
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Nice quick hike. Well traveled but not too crowded. Well marked, near impossible to get lost. Would recommend going counter clockwise. Great for the doggies!

hiking
2 months ago

NE portion of the loop a lot more interesting than the SW portion. Great hike and amazing waterfall view.

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

The loop trail has the waterfall at about the halfway mark. I suggest entering the path further from the camping gatehouse. It’s a smoother trail (less rocky) and has more to see like the feeding streams to the Falls & overlook areas. Plenty of challenge with decent/climb on the loop

hiking
2 months ago

I really enjoyed this trail. I did the loop then did and extra mile and a half cuz I was feeling frisky!! Lots to see even in the rain and fog. This is definitely my favorite waterfall hike in western North Carolina so far

hiking
muddy
rocky
2 months ago

Counterclockwise review. Steps starting out (down) were tough on the ol’ knees, but I liked the approach—arriving at the falls near the bottom—and that the extra views of little falls & tumbles came after the big reveal, on the way up. I’d go the other way next time for variety. Agree w notes on wearing good, ankle-protective hiking shoes. Trail is rocky and wet in places. Beautiful falls. I clocked 3.26 mi.

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