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Hike to Crabtree Falls

Hike To Crabtree Falls

Hike To Crabtree FallsHike To Crabtree Falls: Hikers and waterfall lovers wanting a moderate to strenous hike should add the beautiful 2.5-mile Crabtree Falls hike to their list. This is a fairly difficult hike with some sections featuring steep inclines and rocky terrain. Generally speaking, most hikers require around two hours to complete the hike.

The trail begins by descending for almost one mile through a hardwood forest interspersed with rhododendron before they reach Crabtree Falls – a 60-foot cascade that tumbles down a mossy rock cliff providing a spectacular view. The cove provides great habitat for ferns and wildflowers and makes for a beautiful forest ecosystem that is well worth exploring.

To complete the hike, visitors can opt to return the way they came or opt for a longer and more gradual ascent back to the parking area. To continue the loop, hikers can climb a set of switchbacks to gain another vantage point of the falls before criss-crossing over Crabtree Creek as it makes its way back to the parking area at the campground.

Crabtree Falls Map
Directions From Asheville: Head to the Blue Ridge Parkway north of Asheville and continue for 43 miles passing Craggy Gardens, Mount Mitchell and other scenic views along the way to Milepost 339. The parking area at the campground will be on the left. (Click for Google Maps Directions to Hike Crabtree Falls)

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