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Craggy Pinnacle - Craggy Gardens, Blue Ridge Parkway, NC

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Length Difficulty Streams Views Solitude Camping
1.1 mls N/A N/A
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45 minutes
230 ft
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Park at the Craggy Dome Overlook. 35.70419, -82.37355

By Trail Contributor: Zach Robbins ( Contact Zach )

Craggy Pinnacle is considered one of the most scenic, short hikes along the entire length of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Located 40 minutes northeast of Asheville, this crown jewel of the Great Craggy Mountains features spectacular 360° views from the stone observation deck on its summit. From the airy heights of this dramatic heath bald you’ll be able to pick out all of the highest ranges in North Carolina and Tennessee, including the Black Mountains and Great Smoky Mountains. Because of its proximity to Asheville, views, and lack of difficulty, this hike is popular and will likely be overrun on the weekends. Try to arrive early or hike on a weekday to avoid crowds.

This section of the Blue Ridge Parkway is closed normally during winter due to ice and inclement weather. Check the road closure website for alerts and the real-time closure map.

Nearby hike options:
Big Butt Trail | Douglas Falls and Craggy Gardens | Snowball Trail

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