35.70419, -82.37355 By Trail Contributor: Zach Robbins Craggy Pinnacle is considered one of the most scenic, short hikes along the entire length of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Craggy Pinnacle Trail offers some of the best views on the Blue Ridge Parkway, but as you may have guessed, you must hike to these views. It is moderately steep, quite rocky, sometimes wet, and has some log steps as well, but it is well worth the effort. Turn left into the Craggy Dome overlook just past the tunnel. Wildflowers stretch high towards the ample sunlight on the open, breezy, view-filled peak.The summit is the perfect place to take in the view or catch a few high-elevation rays before backtracking to the trailhead. From the Craggy Dome Overlook. 4900) 372.1 Lanes Pinnacle Parking Overlook, PwL (elev. Snowball Mountain Trail is the other 8-mile option, ranging from moderate to strenuous terrain. Nestled among beautiful trees, especially rhododendrons, the trail circles the summit of the Great Craggy Mountains. At 6,080-feet Craggy Dome just barely qualifies for the SB6K list and is actually a much more difficult peak to 'bag' than what you might imagine looking at it from the Blue Ridge Parkway. … Milepost 364.1 – View Craggy Dome – Elevation 5640′ – VIEW VIDEO. The trail dives into a dense, gnarled forest, with sunlight casting stunning arrays of shadows on the forest floor. Park in the upper parking lot and the trail head is right there. 2. Craggy Dome Parking Overlook (Milepost 364.1) Vistas from the Craggy Dome parking lot are especially noteworthy, but the real can’t-miss experience here is hiking the Craggy Pinnacle Trail. On paper the hike looked straight forward enough. Amenities: viewpoint; Hiking Trails (6) 1. Some color lingering in lower elevations and even a few spots of green. Park in the upper parking lot. Craggy Dome Overlook, start of the Craggy Pinnacle Trail. at Craggy Gardens. A spur trail to the right, just before the summit, leads to an observation point surrounded by rugged, rocky terrain. Glassmine Falls Overlook and Craggy Pinnacle Elopement. Honestly it was a bit confusing if you are not familiar with the area on which parking lot to start at to get the 360 scenic views hike. Facebook; Twitter; Email; directions Driving Directions. Scenic Overlook via Craggy Gardens Trail . The view here looks more into the valley but still offers a gorgeous sunset view. 5497) 367.6 Bee Tree Gap (elev. View Mike's Recording. Park at the Craggy Dome Overlook. The hiking trail goes through tunnels of rhododendron, gnarled sweet birch trees and wildflowers. The old trail shelter looking spooky for Halloween. Craggy Dome Overlook is a viewpoint inside of Blue Ridge Parkway. Craggy Gardens, an area of 16 km, is covered with purple Catawba rhododendrons in mid-June. Tunnels of rhododendron, gnarled sweet birch trees and wildflowers abound from the trail’s beginning to its crest. Mount Mitchell. Here the heaths are mostly blueberries. Next time came about two years later. View Tim's Recording. share Share . On paper the hike looked straight forward enough. Make sure you park at the Craggy Gardens dome overlook, there are other trails but this is the one you don’t want to miss. 3483) 375.2 Bull Gap (elev. The trail can be accessed from Craggy Dome Parking Overlook, and is a must-do for those capable of a short walk. From the south side of the Parkway, just before the Overlook, a faint trail cuts back to the Southwest leading up the ridge to the summit. Only a moderate 20-minute walk is required from the upper level of the Craggy Dome Parking Overlook. I hope that stuff I hiked through wasn’t poison ivy! Visitors are rewarded with a breathtaking 360-degree view from its 5892 foot summit. 3175) 377.4 Craven Gap (elev. This hiking trail takes you through mixed hardwoods and provides great views, specifically of the Reems Creek Valley. The Craggy Gardens Pinnacle Trail is located at about Milepost 364.4 along the Blue Ridge Parkway at the Craggy Dome Overlook. Overview. Hiking. Really great private section of the MST. From beginning to end, the trail is resplendent with tunnels of rhododendron, wildflowers, and more blueberries. Park and begin a 0.7-mile hike to Craggy Pinnacle Summit (milepost 364). It’s not dead, it’s just sleeping. I left the … For another few miles the trail twists slightly southward and comes out at the Greybeard Overlook. Poi Info. 3890) 373.8 Bull Creek Valley Parking Overlook, PwL (elev. The trail is not flat but moderately climbs up and has uneven terrain. Tim Bishop. It’s a relatively short hike although it seems very high up. The trail ascends slightly the entire hike to Craggy Dome. Milepost 373.8 – View Bull Creek Valley – Elevation 3483′ – VIEW VIDEO. Craggy Dome Overlook. Great Smoky Mountains in the way back. You know you’ve found “The One” when you find someone you can’t do life without. This moderate 20 minute walk begins from the upper level of the Craggy Dome Parking Overlook (just north of the tunnel that is in view from the Visitor Center). Craggy Dome Craggy Dome is a summit in Black Mountain and has an elevation of 6056 feet. You’ll venture to one of the best overlooks on the Blue Ridge Parkway and a real gem of quick hikes near Asheville. 35.70419, -82.37355 : Hike Trails Map. Distance: 1.4 miles round trip. It is just North of the Craggy Gardens Visitor Center after the Craggy Pinnacle Tunnel. The exceptional panoramic 360-degree views are hard to beat in Western North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains. The Craggy Gardens area was nearing peak on the weekend of October 5, 2015, and the long-range views were spectacular. Milepost 372.1 – View Lane Pinnacle – Elevation 3890′ – VIEW VIDEO. EASY 1.9 mi. 3107) 376.7 Tanbark Ridge Parking Overlook, PwL (elev. The sunny side of the street. They were not quite ripe, but should be in the next couple of weeks. 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. Craggy Pinnacle Trail delivers the most view for the least amount of walking. 3. The Craggy Pinnacle Overlook trail is a moderate .73 mile hike to a stone wall overlook with 360 degree views. The parking area for the trail is at milepost 361.2 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. His wife Chrissy is … This short hike is rather strenuous in spots, but those who continue eventually enjoy one of the best scenic views in this part of the country. They’re the first person you turn to in hard times and the first person you call with great news. Milepost 376.7 – Tanbark Ridge Overlook – Elevation 3175′ – VIEW VIDEO. 364.1 Craggy Dome Parking Overlook, PwR (elev. I hiked to glassmine falls and there are plenty of places to camp along the way. Milepost 393.8 – French Broad Overlook – Elevation 200′ – VIEW VIDEO. Best Hiking Trails near Craggy Dome Overlook. James Whiting. Craggy Dome is situated southeast of Craggy Mountain Scenic Area, east of Craggy Pinnacle. Passes through a northern hardwood forest on the lower portion. The hike departs from a signed trailhead at the Craggy Dome parking area (view maps and driving directions), ascending stone stairs from the southernmost edge of the parking area. Hikers may access Craggy Dome from the Greybeard Overlook at mile 363.4, where the Mountains-to-Sea Trail crosses the Blue Ridge Parkway. Craggy Pinnacle Trail is one of the most beautiful trails to hike on the Blue Ridge Parkway when the Rhododendrons are blooming forming a canopy of magenta and purple color against the greenery and the Blue Ridge Mountains. The second place to watch a sunset is from the comfort of your car at the Craggy Gardens Visitor Center along the Parkway. Most overlooks along the Parkway offer spots for parking & enough space to sit and enjoy the view. This is a wonderful Parkway leg stretcher with an elevation gain of only 250 feet. This trail offers the most exceptional views for the least amount of walking. The terrain is rocky and rooty, covered in leafy fern, silvery lichen, and soft green moss. Some recommended overlooks include Craggy Dome Overlook (milepost 364.1), Tanbark Ridge Overlook (milepost 376.7) & Stoney Bald Overlook (milepost 402.6). Grey on Craggy Dome. TOP: The view from the Upper Overlook on the summit of Craggy Pinnacle. After Glassmine Falls there is a wonderful rocky area with many blueberry bushes. At 6,080-feet Craggy Dome just barely qualifies for the SB6K list and is actually a much more difficult peak to 'bag' than what you might imagine looking at it from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Details Hike Description Please note that the Craggy Pinnacle trail is planned to be closed, due to the prevalence of rare and endangered species of plants on or near the summit, and the impact that hikers leaving the trail has on them. Near the top, there are side trails to explore. Your trail hike starts in the parking lot. This trail begins at the Craggy Dome overlook and is just over 3/4 of a mile and covers more than 200 feet of elevation change. Tony & Chrissy K. McVay view from Craggy Dome Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina. The trail starts near the upper level of the Craggy Dome View parking lot at Mile Post 364. Tony is a licensed General Contractor and organic farmer. It's only a 1.4-mile round-trip hike to the top of the 5,892-ft. summit, Craggy Pinnacle. The turnoff for the route to Craggy Dome is easy to miss. The summit is reached via a long, gradual incline and is really not that difficult. Chief among the sights you’ll see is Mt. 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