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.

Length1.0 miElevation gain272 ftRoute typeOut & back
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The road to the trailhead may be closed during the wintertime and alternate routes may require 4wd vehicles. 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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Daniel Whang
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Went on Dec 22, 2020. At least tried to. BRP is closed and so we took an alternate route via Google maps. But about 10 minutes out, it was all iced up. We were unable to move forward in our sedan.

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Alexis Butler
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Beautiful trail, heavily trafficked though. If you’re wanting to see a sunset you got a great view, but be prepared to be surrounded by people everywhere! Next time I’ll more than likely do a sunrise hike up.

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Courtney Stephenson
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ClosedIcy

The road to Craggy via Blue Ridge Parkway is closed just past the Tanbark Ridge Overlook.

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Valerie Hohol
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Icy

Road to Craggy is iced over, cannot get to the gardens or the overlook coming from the west.

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Megan McDonnough
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Nice, short trail. Rocky and a little muddy so be sure to wear good shoes. Late November is pretty cold on the mountain and it gets windy at the top. Would definitely do again when the rhododendrons are in bloom.

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Sydney Shafer
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Great hike to take at sunset

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Lisa Buckner
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Easy trail for amazing views

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Michael Owings
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Sean Dennis
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Great trail and a great area. Excellent views including the Black Mountains.

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William Brown III
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Lynn Cordell
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Very busy, lots of wet rocks but easy gradual climb - worth it to see views at the top!

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Jordan Treadaway
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Beautiful in summer when the rhododendron and mountain laurel are in bloom.

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Adriana Herrera
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Short trail but the view is amazing!

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Sarah V
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Short, steep, but not too hard. Very busy.

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David Koll
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The definitive go-to for classic mountain vistas near Asheville. Easy hike only 18 miles from Asheville. Great Sunsets. Catawba Rhododendron displays early June. It is getting more crowded as Aville becomes a more popular destination. As mentioned in other posts it is not assessable during cold weather months unfortunately.

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Katie Snow
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Straight up

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Jaclyn Wyszynski
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Super easy out and back trail. Did this for sunrise and was very manageable for all kinds of hikers. Can get crowded at the top depending on the time you go. Well marked

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mike valentine
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Short hike. Liked it.

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Richard Barnes
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Crowded, still easily navigated. Amazing views at the top.

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Kaylee Smith
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Beautiful views!

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Chase Smith
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Amazing views at Pinnacle! Highly recommend!

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Cindy Gibson
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Short and rocky. Go early. Way too many people. A few of the off shoot trail are so narrow it is hard to pass or let people by. Views were goods.

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KT Wall
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Short hike - but very crowded. Regardless, the view at the top is stunning!! Walking through in October the leaf-less plants made me feel like I was in a scene from Sleeping Beauty

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Istvan Karsai
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Keith Bray
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Ann Cope
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Cute short hike! Lots of people, worth the view!

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Dave Navarre
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We didn't start our day early enough, so we shared the peak with 15 people.

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Christopher Garofalo
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