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Craggy Gardens

Craggy Gardens Visitor Center, 364 Blue Ridge Pkwy, Asheville, NC 28711
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One of Many Beautiful Mountain Spots

Go early while the Smokeys are "smokin'." Or catch this place with the full grandeur of the mid-day... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Arden, North Carolina
Spectacular even on a cloudy day

Hiked up late morning, with the fog still hanging low, hoping that it would burn off when we... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Glenview, Illinois
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Craggy Gardens Visitor Center, 364 Blue Ridge Pkwy, Asheville, NC 28711
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Go early while the Smokeys are "smokin'." Or catch this place with the full grandeur of the mid-day sun on the mountains. Late afternoon is nice, but not the best. We've been at all hours and in all seasons. Hike easy or go the hard...More

Thank PGinNC
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Hiked up late morning, with the fog still hanging low, hoping that it would burn off when we reached the pinnacle. It didn't, but it turned out to be one of our better hiking experiences in the Asheville area - a solid but no it...More

Thank BLtrvl
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did the shorter .7 mile hike to the overlook area. I love that the hike has flowers along the whole way there. Even in late August, there were lots of yellow and white flowers, and with that, we did see and hear a lot...More

Thank sbluesky225
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You need to be in pretty good shape to navigate the steep hiking trails at Craggy Gardens. Although only a couple of miles altogether, allow over an hour. When you hike to the viewpoint at the top of the first trail, then go down the...More

Thank Bonnie S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a wonderful time hiking in Craggy Gardens. Beautiful waterfalls and nice easy paths. Parking a bit tricky but fun for all.

Thank sdombar
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful spot in WNC. Close to Asheville. Great hiking options with beautiful views. Would definitely recommend.

Thank Brian D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We drove up to Craggy Gardens and arrived after 5pm. We started onto the shortest hike with concerns of it getting too dark soon. Loved the lichen and moss covered branches and damp leaves of the forest. Even though we could still hear the cars...More

Thank Sue G
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My kids do the junior ranger programs - so we stopped at Craggy Gardens for the activity sheets. The ranger was super helpful and answered questions. It was rainy and windy the day we visited. The ranger said that the windy is frequently really harsh...More

Thank Sara_sakflva
Reviewed 14 August 2017

This is a fantastic hike for any and all ages. The hike is 0.7 miles one way, and doesn't have much elevation gain although there is some. The trail is covered with rhododendrons so it is mostly shaded and makes for a beautiful walk through...More

Thank Caren B
Reviewed 10 August 2017

Great place to stop on the way up to Mt. Mitchell. Nice views of the mountains and the Asheville water supply lake. Rangers are very pleasant and helpful.

Thank Ellen R
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23 August 2017|
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Response from Everett B | Reviewed this property |
There are literally dozens of hikes in the area from short nature hikes to the 2000+ mile Appalachian trail so you should have no trouble finding one to suit you. There is a ranger station at Craggy and I'm sure you can get... More
16 July 2017|
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Response from Doug H | Reviewed this property |
There may be wheelchair accessible trails I don't know about, but the main trail/attraction that I hiked is definitely not wheelchair accessible. I have never seen much of anything along the BRP that is handicap accessible... More
3 July 2017|
Response from opendoorRedlands | Reviewed this property |
The rhododendrons were in bloom in June , however, there are beautiful forests and views all around. It would be a nice trail just about any time.