Blue Ridge Parkway - Section 4 Guided Hikes

Here are what we consider to be the Best Hikes using the various trails along this section of the Parkway. If you'd like details on every individual trail, visit the trails page.

Craggy Gardens

1.4mi, Easy

  • Climbing: Climbs Moderately
  • Tread Condition: Climbs Moderately

This self-guiding nature trail passes through a high-elevation Northern Hardwood forest to a Heath Bald, and finally into a Grassy Summit. A large trail shelter makes an excellent spot for a picnic. Visit during mid to late June for a spectacular display of Catawba Rhododendron blossoms. Visit in late summer for a bountiful harvest of fresh mountain blueberries. And visit any time of year to study the high elevation environment in the Craggy Gardens area!

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Craggy Pinnacle

1.4mi, Moderate

  • Climbing: Climbs Moderately
  • Tread Condition: Climbs Moderately

This popular trail climbs a short distance from a Blue Ridge Parkway overlook to a high, rocky peak overlooking the Craggy Gardens area. Blooming rhododendrons put on a fantastic display along this trail in late June. Twisted trees grow in the high-elevation Birch forest. Spectacular 360 degree views of the Visitor Center, the North Fork Reservoir, and the sourrounding mountains and valleys reward your climb.

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Rattlesnake Lodge

2.6mi, Moderate

  • Climbing: Climbs Moderately
  • Tread Condition: Climbs Moderately

This pleasant hike, on a section of the Mountains to Sea Trail, is close to the City of Asheville, making it a nice option if you're in the area and don't have a lot of drive time. A well-designed trail goes through a multitude of switchbacks, following an old wagon route. The wagon route was built to reach a historic private lodge, the remains of which you'll find at the end of this hike. Explore the old toolshed, the tennis courts, or the water supply pond, now long since grown over with thick, lush, Appalachian forests.

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Blue Ridge Parkway Section 4