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Craggy Gardens Trail is a 1.9 mile heavily 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.

Length 1.9 mi Elevation gain 574 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

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

Blue Ridge Parkway headquarters is at Milepost 384 in Asheville, NC. 199 Hemphill Knob Road Asheville, NC 28803-8686. (828) 271 4779. Park information line at (828) 298 0398 has the most updated information on facilities and activities.

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Jacqueline Selph
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Hiking

This is a short hike from one parking lot to the next. It’s a little strange to hike along and then at the end reach, another parking lot with ports potties. But the vistas in the open gardens in the middle of the trail make this hike worthwhile. As a short hike along the BRP expect it to be crowded. It’s a nice mix of shady forest and open fields with lots of wildflowers. Would be a good hike for families, most kids could do it.

Hannah N.
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Alanna Angel
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Ali Cole
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Hiking

kid friendly well maintained trail with lots of turn offs to get the most bang for your free buck. I imagine best time to be there is mid to late June a lot of the blooms were dying off but still beautiful

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Angela Moreland
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Hiking

Craggy mountains never fail! I went for a sunset hike on this trail after trying out Craggy Dome trail. Craggy Gardens trail (obvious trail head at the overlook) is just as sweet, a little longer, and more secret little peekaboos of the mountains. I explored a lot on the trail so my recording is longer than what the straight through hike would be. If you hike the entirety of the trail- it spots you out at the lovely Craggy Gardens picnic area where the bathrooms aren’t open right now but they do have outhouses! For sunset I found it best to hang a hammock on the trees on the trail just to the left of the FIRST shelter. There is a second shelter (on the right of the path after first large shelter and good viewing spot) that may have more light during a different part of the day. Also great views of the mountains at the second smaller shelter. No matter where you end up spending your time- you can make this hike your own and explore as much or as little as you’d like!

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Ed Meeker
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If you were looking for a mountain vegetation and flowers, this is a wonderful walk. If you’re looking for views not so much. Very rocky and parts and the day we went in there was quite a bit of water on the trail. But not a bad hour hour and a half hike overall.

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Rilea Lombardy
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Hiking

So beautiful!!! Such a fun hike. It was tiring but the nice cool breeze was amazing. The uneven terrain made it a bit more challenging, a couple of moments where we tripped on unsteady rocks, so just have to be careful. Would definitely do it again. The overlook at the end was awesome. Breathtaking views all around.

Laura RM
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Hiking

Very pretty hike and views. Fairly busy trail on a beautiful day. The meadow behind the shelter was pretty. Picnic area was nice.

Carrie Tort
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Andre Beaudry
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Hiking

Ok trail but the view near the shelter is fantastic. Do not miss the cut off to the right just before the shelter. It is busy trail so go early morning

Jane S
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Hiking

Lots of people, one cool vista view. I’m sure would be beautiful if Rhododendrons were in full bloom.

Tom Perry
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Nice hike, lots of people. Cool takeoffs.

Leah Carpenter
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Hiking

Great hike, nice workout going up. Head to the right at the shelter to hang out in a meadow with beautiful views all around, lots of wildflowers and wild medicinals. Go straight thru the shelter to walk under beautiful and shady tangled trees. Lots of picnic tables at the parking lot.

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Jason Reiling “cricket”
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Hiking

Great place. We stop here every time we head up the blue ridge parkway, unless the fog is too dense

Heather McAllister
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Hiking

It was foggy and the view was obstructed but that added a special feel to the place I think. It was getting crowded as we walked down, so my idea to go early as can be in the morning was a good one. Enjoy!

Britty Fintel
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Hiking

Pretty much a hike from one parking lot to another. Someone posted pics of a waterfall but that hike adds another 6 miles. Very busy with no one wearing masks (hiked during Covid)

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nancy groff
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Hiking

Well travelled trail. Rocky steps. Great views at several off-shoot overlooks. Amazing views at the top.

Andrew C.
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Hiking

Meh. Pretty boring overall. Granted we missed the bloom, but I can’t imagine some nice looking flowers elevating this trail more than an extra quarter star. We kind of wandered on the trails until we hit roads and parking lots then went in search of other trails. Really nothing special. But if you’re on the parkway and want to stretch your legs, it works. We just wanted to enjoy the drive during our visit to Asheville, and this was our turnaround point. Definitely not worth a trip in and of itself.

Justin M.
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Hiking

Cool hike, but we thought we were in search of the “gardens”. Only found the road.

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Liam Hirapara
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Fair amount of people on the trail, but a wide range of flowers as well as blueberry, strawberry, raspberry, and blackberry plants. Views from the bald are great.

Manish Hirapara
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Hiking

We started at the top and hiked down. I would recommend starting down at Craggy Gardens Picnic Area and hiking up instead. At the top, it’s quite an impressive experience. Almost like sun drenched grassy fields in Ireland or Northern California. Quite different from most other trails in the area. Relatively moderate elevation increase and well kept trail. The exotic flora make this a must visit trail.

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Matthew Ensor
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Hiking

Easy mile in to a beautiful bald. Lots of flowers, lots of people!

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Meggie Killeen
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Hiking

Great, easy, quick trail to do with your dog or small children! They have a good climbing tree for kids at the top and a spot to eat lunch!

Tortellini Swims
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Hiking

Pretty trail in the woods with interesting trees and flowers

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Kay Wood
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Great easy trail ...gradual incline on way up ...but totally worth it. View in bald is spectacular!

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April S.
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Hiking

Rhododendrons were not blooming yet. next week will be peak. too many people.

Nikki Hathaway
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Hiking

Nice breeze at the top! Pretty cool views but not the best I have seen along the blue ridge! Easy trail for pets and kids!

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Lexi Perrini
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Hiking

Nice trail with mostly shade until you get to the top where it really opens up to a grassy field. Gradual incline, but a pretty quick hike. There was an awesome breeze the entire time we spent up top, and we were able to walk around and gather some nice views.

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Taylor Toomey
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I liked this trail but none of the other reviews mentioned that it’s very rocky and pretty much straight up from the time you start. Beautiful views but just be aware!

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