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Ok so if you’re going to do this trail start at the picnic area and head up from there. I made the mistake of starting at the visitors center and heading down, only to find some picnic tables overlooking a parking lot! Kids were not pleased. The grassy knoll was nice, saw some people hanging out up there in some nice spots. That’s easily accessible from the visitors center if you just want a nice easy spot to be....never found the waterfall either

I'm not getting it, but I totally didn't see a waterfall. There was a juncture, off this path, that leads to Douglas Falls in 3.6 miles. But, I didn't see a waterfall on this 1.9 mi (RT) trail. Trail was well-maintained. Start at the picnic area parking lot. When you get to the "Visitors Center," which is a pavilion, go thru/under the shelter to continue straight. If you take the path to the right, it leads to a dead-end about a quarter mile up with a below-average overlook. The straight path will lead you to the juncture already mentioned or to the start of Craggy Garden Trails from the overlook. This is a nice path for a walk in the woods after a picnic. I did this as my last hike of the day, so I didn't have enough in me to take the Douglas Falls path for what I assumed would be a 7 mi RT. I only did it because I thought I could get a waterfall in under 2 mi RT.

hiking
16 days ago

Scenic even though low clouds limited visibility and views. I want to do it again on a clear day.

Lots of old growth. Hiking down seemed harder than the hike back up.

hiking
20 days ago

We hiked from Craggy Gardens visitor center and was 6.23 miles. Beautiful secluded trail and narrow at some parts. Vegetation undergrowth at some parts is beginning to overtake the trail so pay attention as you get closer to the falls.

The waterfall was underwhelming and the hike back was tough. Prepare for 3.24 miles uphill on your return.

hiking
21 days ago

Both the Craggy Garden and Pinnacle are about equally difficult. A much better view from the landing at the top of Pinnacle

Great app

Hiked in from Graybeard overlook. 7.42 miles there and back. Beautiful wild flowers out today and the fall was running. Great hike, the way back is tough but not as bad as you might think. Worth the effort!

The trail is easy to follow. No tough forks or question marks. Enjoy!

Great hike with beautiful views. Lots of flowers. Took us a long time because we stopped so many times and for such long times.

backpacking
1 month ago

Tough but fair, pretty technical with rocks roots and mud but the falls are exactly mid way and a great reward. I had a pack with me so without a pack I’m sure it’s easier. A great training trail!

Spectacular views! Nice, short trek for the family and dogs! Fun driving up to as well!

Do not take inexperienced hikers. I went with an inexperienced hiker and from the Craggy Visitors center to falls and then back to the visitor center took 6.5 hours. It’s a fun trail, rough terrain, twisted my ankle multiple times. At a certain point on the trail one of the many falls intersecting the trail consumes the trail. At this section I would advise to take your socks and shoes off and cross. This section seemed dangerous, there used to be a metal wire rope but it broke, and is hanging in the falls. This is the excitement the trail brings. Something to think about too is the view of the sunset from the craggy visitor center is spectacular. So plan the hike perfectly that you can see the falls and the sunset. But make sure to give yourself extra time if you want to do both. The hike is not easy.

Tough but fun and worth the view at the end.

Great trail to take non hiking visitors on (probably why it’s often crowded). Views are wonderful. Take a jacket. Even in summer the temp can be a little unpredictable.

This is a very tough hike. You start up very high at Bear Pen Gap just below Craggy Gardens. You park in the parking lot and the trailhead starts on the right pass the bathrooms up near the picnic area. You will have major climbs, rock ground, and some nice views! The terrain is almost always rocky and rooty. There are a few sections of smooth, grassy trail but they don't last long. This trail is a workout and very strenous!

Great trail to takes the kids on. It can be overwhelming how many people are out here though. It is a very heavily trafficked trail. But my four year old loves it, sitting and snacking up in the bald is her favorite. If you add the pinnacle trail to your day it makes it a bit more worthwhile. Great hike to take the dog on, just be aware that not everyone keeps their dogs on a leash, and you may run across a loose one on your hike. :-/

hiking
3 months ago

The parking lot to the trail was still closed, so we hiked 0.8 miles from the nearest parking and had the trail to ourselves most of the way. Beautiful views at the top, easy hike, good for the pup. We did not hike down to the waterfall. Next time, we’ll be bringing a hammock for some R&R at the top if it’s quiet, again.

on Craggy Gardens Trail

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike with the dogs. Stunning views at the top of the trail. Park with trail head is closed during winter through early spring as are other parts of the BRPW.

on Craggy Gardens Trail

hiking
3 months ago

First, the gate going towards Craggy Gardens (Asheville way) was closed for the season I’m assuming. So we had to take Mountain to Sea trail then go there. It was an okay hike, a lot of inclines. The views weren’t as great as expected. The gazebo was definitely the best view there was I believe. No bathrooms were unlocked either. So that’s something to think about. Overall I’d say it was alright if you have nothing better to do!

on Craggy Gardens Trail

hiking
3 months ago

First, the gate going towards Craggy Gardens (Asheville way) was closed for the season I’m assuming. So we had to take Mountain to Sea trail then go there. It was an okay hike, a lot of inclines. The views weren’t as great as expected. The gazebo was definitely the best view there was I believe. No bathrooms were unlocked either. So that’s something to think about. Overall I’d say it was alright if you have nothing better to do!

hiking
4 months ago

I hiked to Douglas Falls in the snow and it was really a great experience! The water was really moving, too, thanks to some melt and run-off. There was no one else at the falls, which is rare.

hiking
7 months ago

The views here are just breathtaking. Excellent trail to do later in the day so you can catch the sunset up top. Definitely will go back in the spring for the blooming rhododendrons.

Can't believe there are no signs for this wonderful hike with stunning views along the way. But Thank you Alltrails app for the help!! Highly recommended, and a moderate climb with some different terrain and vegetation along the path. There is what appears to be a communal hut being built along the way.

There are some really great lookout spots in offshoots from the trail, including some 330 degree views. Almost 360!

The trail was covered with snow today. It was beautiful but cold as the wind was strong too.
We were the only ones on the trail because there was ice on the road and the ranger closed the road behind us.

Most memorable trail I’ve done. Extremely difficult, but rewarding! Pack a lunch and eat it when you finally make it to the falls.

hiking
8 months ago

Hiked this trail from Craggy Gardens to the falls and back out. Great time on an awesome trail! The falls is well worth the trip, and the trip itself was as enjoyable as any I've hiked. Very narrow, natural trial with many stream crossings. It's not for the couch potato but any moderate to experienced hiker should have no problems. Irma left some trees across the trail as you get close to the falls. Pay attention to relocate the trail after bypassing those obstacles.

hiking
8 months ago

It was so pretty. My mom and I hiked out to watch the sunset. There’s this little gazebo on the way to the top that we stopped at to take pictures and they turned out amazing. It looked like the trees and everything were on fire because of the way the sun was setting. I would definitely recommend this hike.

Good hike! I would rank a little better than moderate.

on Craggy Gardens Trail

hiking
9 months ago

Love love love! My husband took me up here for my birthday end of June this year. They say best time to go is middle to end of June when all the flowers are in bloom. My four year old did it, but ended up having to be carried. Very rocky and step like. Use good footing. Really don't recommend for young children. I had an amazing time, and love it.

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