Craggy Gardens Trail

MODERATE 125 reviews
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Craggy Gardens Trail is a 2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Barnardsville, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
600 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

scenic driving

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Trail off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Craggy Gardens. Short trail with great mountain views.

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7 days ago

I took my wife on this trail as an intro to hiking, which she really enjoyed. It's very short (and easy) so we were able to enjoy the drive down the blue ridge parkway and grab a beer afterwards. Lots of people, so if you enjoy quiet hiking this is not the trail for you.

hiking
14 days ago

Don't let this short trail fool you... it's a hike. Depending on where you start (we started at the visitor center), the trail slopes downward to the picnic area. A side detour to the rhododendron meadow is a nice short diversion... and a good place for a picnic. Be sure to stop by the gazebo for a great view (go to the pinnacle if you want a 360 view of the blue ridge). You can choose to go to the Craggy Gardens path or take the 4 mile out and back (8 all together) to Douglas Falls. We did not plan for Douglass Falls, so we didn't take it... but next time!

hiking
15 days ago

Absolutely love this hike! I've done it twice now, and really enjoyed it both times.

There's two sides to hike in from, one that starts at the visitor's center and one that starts in a big parking lot, both are super fun. Great views the whole drive in. Even when there have been TONS of people on the trail, once you're to the big field it's very easy to find your own space to enjoy the views.

Both hikes in are pretty easy, but very enjoyable! The only thing I would say--it's ALWAYS 5-10 degrees colder on this hike than you'd expect so pack an extra layer!

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Definitely a must see if you are visiting the area. It's a moderate hike. It's a must hike during fall season and especially in June when the rhododendrons are blooming.

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1 month ago

High traffic but nice short excursion

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1 month ago

Like this trail. Low key and nice afternoon hike. Non strenuous and great look out views of the Blue Ridge.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

This was a lovely little hike with gorgeous views and plenty of trees worthy of a perch or rest underneath. We took the dogs and were thrilled!

1 month ago

my favorite little spot. short, but uphill hike. very unique scenery especially when foggy! ❤