Craggy Pinnacle Trail

EASY 90 reviews
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Craggy Pinnacle Trail is a 0.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Barnardsville, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
0.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
272 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

scenic driving

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

Craggy Pinnacle Trail is one of the most beautiful trails to hike on the Blue Ridge Parkway when the Rhododendrons are blooming forming a canopy of magenta and purple color against the greenery and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Your trail hike starts in the parking lot. Then continue to the upper parking lot where you will see the parkway sign "Craggy Dome" the trail head is just on the other side indicated by a sign. The first part of the trail is covered by color as the plants create a canopy in which you walk under on the trail. The first part of the journey is a gradual climb; then you reach a bend and a nice elevated rock with a view. The trail then leans more upward until it reaches a fork to the right where there is a plateau and many scenic overlooks. As you loop back around the trail with a sign states left to the upper lookout and right to the lower lookout. The lower lookout just allows you to see the visitor center and the mountains in the distance about a 180 degree view. If you want to feel like you are on top of the world take the upper lookout trail until you reach the rock wall with stairs. As you emerge from the stairs you will see a 360 degree lookout with a beautiful scenic landscape of the Blue Ridge mountains, the Asheville watershed lake, and more. What goes up must come down as the walk down the mountain trail is a lot more easier than going up.

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6 days ago

Easy hike with the most breathtaking views. All uphill and well kept trail.

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14 days ago

Quick and easy hike. This one is all about the view, make sure you've got clear skies for max visibility!

15 days ago

sunrise at the top is an unforgettable experience!

23 days ago

Easy first time trail with great view rewards

23 days ago

You feel like you're in an enchanted forest! This is a short .7 mile out and back trail, it's easy for all levels. There were a lot of bumble bees since there's lots of flowers, so if you don't like bees then this may not be for you.

28 days ago

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1 month ago

This is a very nice trail for families with great views! It is popular so don't expect solitude.

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1 month ago

the view was amazing! lots of butterflies! There were lots of bumble bees, but they mostly stayed away. And explore the other little side paths - well worth it!

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1 month ago

Short trail, the view from the top is awesome.

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1 month ago

Really neat area to explore just about 1/2 an hour away from DT Asheville. Take the trail up to the upper level (lower level is ok, but you'll get a better view if you go up to the highest part of this hike). The view of the Blue Ridge Mountains are absolutely breathe taking! I highly recommend taking some time to explore this beautiful area!

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1 month ago

1 month ago

Easy climb to a great overlook!! Highly recommend for families.

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1 month ago

Lots of parking, easy walk. Very busy short trail to a beautiful view at the end.

1 month ago

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1 month ago

This was a gorgeous hike with many wildflowers along the way. The rhododendrons bushes made a "tent" over the path at time which was picturesque. The view at the top is nothing short of amazing. Quick payoff for the view!

Always beautiful views and plenty of parking spaces.