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Craggy Pinnacle Trail is a 1 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 is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.0 mi Elevation gain 272 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Forest Views Wild flowers
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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.

Bring hiking shoes or sneakers, a camera, and a bottle of water. Plan the hike on a nice sunny day. Family friendly trail

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Nathalia Cristina
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Trisha Smith
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A little muddy but absolutely breathtaking views

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Jason Reiling “cricket”
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One of those trails that is great in the sun and great in the rain and fog. Today was the latter. Still 5 stars. Bonus when the weather sucks is you have the place to yourself.

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Avery White
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Wonderful! Bring good shoes, uphill and rocky

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Monique Holz
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A great trail for anyone who wants a stunning view and has any interest in unique vegetation. You are nearly a mile high so if you’re not acclimated it’s a little hard to breath at the beginning.

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Sm Quinn
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awesome! somewhat crowded

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Andrea Munsey
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Absolutely beautiful trail. I took my pup and went more than an hour before sunset to claim a spot. It was already pretty crowded at the top, but most people were wearing masks and very friendly.

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Stephen Konieczny
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Brian Gamble
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Gabby Schaffer
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One of my stops on BRP. A gorgeous view. Easy hike. I went three weeks ago on a Sunday and it was packed.

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Malcolm Root
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very easy hike, maybe 15 minutes to the top. Beautiful views.

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Brooke Lefevre
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Kelli Marbach
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Great views!! We went at sunrise. 360 degree view, can’t beat it! There’s a parking lot located just past the Visitor Center.

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Andrew V
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Jay Craig
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The trail and view are amazing, but it was very overcrowded. really took away from what it could have been.

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Aaron Cranford
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Kailey Mires
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Was a nice quick trail, but lots of people crowded at the upper peak. An easy trail with rocky path that is still fun and feels like a quick workout

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William Smith
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short and pleasant but super crowded

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Naomi Kunkle
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Short but beautiful. A little busy on Labor Day weekend.

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Nader Khatib
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one of my favorite trails, be sure to visit the lower overlook

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Brian Bender
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Easy hike to good views.

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Ja L
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Easy and fast. Good views at the top but don’t go too early because of the fog

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Sheni Kathymoon
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Mark Gregson
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Loved this hike. Easy round trip to amazing views.

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Rae Mondelli
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Awesome trail and the views are amazing, especially at sunset!

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Raven Pitarra
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Ashley Hopkins
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Favorite trail from our hiking weekend in Asheville. Trail was easy ( took 8 minutes) but the views were amazing. 360 views of the Blue Ridge.

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Sean Houle
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Over crowded but great views

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Aaron Wolford
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Great experience although the clouds had not burned off so the view was poor at the top. However would have been awesome. Neat canopy to the trail. Many steps and water on the trail but can be navigated. Interesting rock and trees.

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Jane Balog
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Best view on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The overlook at the end makes you feel like you’re on top of the world. Absolutely gorgeous and rare wildflowers. Very rocky hike. Very heavily trafficked - if you don’t wear masks on hikes, at least bring something to cover your face when you pass people, because most of the trail is barely big enough for a single file line. But the trail itself is incredible, 10/10.

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