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Craggy Gardens

Craggy Gardens Visitor Center, 364 Blue Ridge Pkwy, Asheville, NC 28711
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Nice short hike to a beautiful view

Really enjoyed the short hike (1.5 miles) to the overlook of the parkway. Plenty of parking at the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Fairfax, Virginia
a stopping place on the Blue Ridge

The actual visitor center is small. They do have it manned and you can get good information or maps... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Cumming, Georgia
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“picnic area” (33 reviews)
Craggy Gardens Visitor Center, 364 Blue Ridge Pkwy, Asheville, NC 28711
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Reviewed yesterday

Really enjoyed the short hike (1.5 miles) to the overlook of the parkway. Plenty of parking at the trail head. It was so enjoyable to sit on the ledge and simply enjoy the view. A great way to spend the morning.

Thank WrldTrvler0000
Reviewed 4 days ago

The actual visitor center is small. They do have it manned and you can get good information or maps for the various stops and water falls that are along the parkway. They also carry the ususal hats, jackets, t-shirts , with the park logo.

Thank dgv1
Reviewed 4 days ago

Wonderful way to start our morning climbing with this hike. Beautiful panoramic views from the top of the mountain!

Thank HnJCambria
Reviewed 5 days ago

This was a very simple hike with a beautiful view of the mountains and gardens. There were less flowers and gardens then we expected but was still nice to see.

Thank emajf
Reviewed 1 week ago

I love to take guests to Craggy since I am a local and this provides something special for those who come. The views are amazing year around accept when you can't get there because the roads are sometimes closed due to the snowy season!

Thank Johnny P
Reviewed 1 week ago

Relatively easy hike through thousands of rhododendrons to a picnic area accessible form the visitors center parking lot. Beautiful view from the end of the trail. Another trail, just north of visitor center takes you to an amazing overlook with amazing views. Both hikes, relatively...More

Thank winterguard
Reviewed 1 week ago

The area is one of the highlights areas on the Blue Ridge Parkway north of Asheville. For those who get an early start, note that the visitors center doesn't open until 10am.

Thank ggsmac
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stop, turn off the engine, and just look and listen. The place takes you back in time. Walk around and see the views--but also go inside the visitor center. If you drive the Blue Ridge Parkway, make at least a brief stop here and see...More

Thank 155PaulD155
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Craggy Gardens off the Blue Ridge Parkway has limited parking which is problematic on weekends and when the rhododendrons/laurel are in bloom. The walk/ hike is mostly flat with the typical parkway mountain views. It is a short walk and very enjoyable on a sunny...More

Thank riceland
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The drive to this hike is quite beautiful and could be a good reason to visit in and of itself. The hike itself is very easy - less than 3 miles round trip with minimal elevation gain. Unfortunately, we went in April before the rhodendrons...More

Thank Constantine K
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Lauren B
We are planning an elopement here late June. Is visitation higher on Sundays or Mondays? Mornings or evenings?
19 March 2017|
Response from gaelp413 |
Weekends are always busier. But always wonderful
Julie S
Do you pick up and drop off from the Grove Park Inn?
17 March 2017|
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Response from glmtpm | Reviewed this property |
No they do not
Since craggy gardens may not be best choice,Based on first wk.april,what hikes would be recommended,also interested in biking but not mountain biking up hills,any bikerentals in Asheville
3 February 2017|
Response from Annierg7 | Reviewed this property |
Craggy gardens hike would be interesting any time of year. The trees would be gorgeous even when bare and the view from the top is fabulous. I'd hike any of those hikes any time of year. I'm not sure about bike rentals... More