Craggy Pinnacle Trail

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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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8 days ago

This is one of my favorite hikes in the area. As a local, I bring many visitors to this hike. It's easy to access and is short enough for all ages. The views at the pinnacle are worth the crowds and the mountain laurels and rhododendrons are lovely along the way.

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13 days ago

This was my second visit to Craggy Pinnacle, but my first with the beautiful rhododendron in bloom. Definitely worth braving the large crowds to see.

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20 days ago

Easy access, clear trail, right off the highway, with stunning views. Wish I could've done it at sunset!

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24 days ago

Great reward in that you get exceptional views after only a quick 25 hike. Also extremely easy to get to as it is just off the highway. Perfect choice for beginners.

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Currrently closed - check road status before driving out on the blue ridge parkway.

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4 months ago

Beautiful spot, with not much of a hike to the top of the mountain either. 360 • view and spectacular scenery.

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