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Craggy Gardens

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Address: Craggy Gardens Visitor Center, 364 Blue Ridge Pkwy, Asheville, NC 28711
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Been coming here for 20 years

This is one of my fave spots on the parkway. Its easy to access and a short walk to craggy pinnacle, which offers a 360 degree view of the surroundings. Beautiful vista anytime... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
RainbeauReiki
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Carrboro, North Carolina

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Carrboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is one of my fave spots on the parkway. Its easy to access and a short walk to craggy pinnacle, which offers a 360 degree view of the surroundings. Beautiful vista anytime of year. When I was in college we would go up here during meteor showers at night to get great sky views. Day or night, its a... More 

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asheville, nc
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A great place to hike and see nature in warmer months. Waterfalls and hiking trails. Flowering trees line the hiking path in Spring/Summer.

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Roseau
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Just down the road, through the tunnel, there is a parking lot and you can hike up to an excellent observation point where you can see wonderful views! It was a neat trail through scraggly old shrubs - very neat with no leaves and the mountain ash still full of berries.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Located on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Craggy Gardens is at about 6000 feet. A climb to the top of Craggy Pinnacle is worth it and of moderate difficulty. Once there the 360 degree views are just spectacular. Nice picnic area near by. Nice to visit in summer when the mountain laurels are in bloom. But a visit anytime is nice.... More 

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Knoxville
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We dropped by the Craggy Gardens on a whim and had no idea what we were getting into. It's a nice climb and well worth the view. When we were there we had some incredible fog that made the place mysterious. Gorgeous

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Off the Blue Ridge Parkway you will find Craggy Gardens. You can take a hike & see beautiful mountain views, then relax with a picnic afterward.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amazing views, there is about a .8 mile hike to the shelter that is rocky and rooty wear appropriate shoes. Once you get up there it is wide open space with incredible mountain views. Take a picnic, blanket, and your sweetie.

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Thank Egerton R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Definitely do the walk...it is easy and worth the sites. It is hard to explain the craggy gardens until you actually see them.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

This was a nice, short hike. It was not very difficult (I'm not in great shape). When you reach a fork in the hike, do go to each side. The left side is a little longer. In November, most of the plants were sleeping, however I believe it probably looks great when it's in bloom. On that trail, there is... More 

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Hobe Sound, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Craggy Gardens is somewhat of a misnomer as it is a mountainside of indigenous flowering specimens so timing your visit is critical. Even without the blooming plants the views in the area are some of the Parkways best. The journey to the area along the parkway is quite enjoyable as the road begins to climb up the mountainside.

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