1.6 miles R.T. SKILL: Novice
PROS: Views and Blooms CONS: The blooms occur only
WATER: At the visitor center.
NOTES: Don't miss the red blooms of the Catawba Rhododendron
in late June.
Gardens Photos | Blue Ridge Pkwy Hikes
you are in the Mt. Mitchell-Asheville area, a visit to Craggy
Gardens is a must. The three areas to explore in this area are:
The visitor center
The trail to the overlook
from a National Park Service employee about this great recreation
area can be found here. A great selection of books about the North
Carolina mountains and nature are also on sale here. Before exploring
this area stop in here first.
most visited trail in this area is just north of the visitor center.
This short trail begins at the parking lot and takes you through
a tunnel of rhododendron to the top. There is an upper and lower
observation area at the end of the trail affording great views of
the Craggy Mountain area. At the lower overlook the Park Service
has cordoned off overused sections of the trail. Damage to delicate
plant life is a problem here. The views from both overlooks are
outstanding and well worth the short walk.
of the better picnic areas on the B.R.P. is located just south of
the visitor center. Grassy lawns await blankets and picnic baskets.
There are restrooms and plenty of parking also. During the month
of June there are also many Flame Azalea blooms to delight the senses
Craggy Gardens Photos | Blue Ridge Pkwy Hikes