Crabtree Falls Loop Trail

At A Glance


2 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 2
Steepness: Climbs Moderately
Tread Condition: Some Obstacles
Other Map ID: BRP MP 339.5
Hikes That Use This Trail: Crabtree Falls


This excellent trail takes you by the base of one of the most beautiful falls in the area. From the campground, follow the signs to the parking area for the falls trail. Take the right fork where the trail splits. The trail will descend and switch back to the base of the falls, and cross the stream on a nice wooden bridge. This makes an excellent place to spend some time and get some photos. From here you can continue steeply up the opposite side of the valley, sometimes on steps, into a nice mixed hardwood forest. You will climb to the ridge high above the falls and then meet up with the stream, and follow it upstream crossing it again. Shortly the trail loops back to where it splits; turn right to reach the parking lot.

This trail is located in the Blue Ridge Parkway Section 3 area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Blue Ridge Parkway Section 3 trails list page.


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Trail Segments

Trails are often made up of several connecting paths which may have different characteristics, allowed uses, and seasons. This trail is divided into multiple segments as follows:

Crabtree Falls - Parking to Split

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking
  • Length: 0.14 mi

Crabtree Falls Loop - Split to Falls

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking
  • Length: 0.71 mi

Crabtree Falls Loop - Falls to Campground Connector 1

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking
  • Length: 1.19 mi

Crabtree Falls Loop - Campground Bypass Segment

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking
  • Length: 0.39 mi

Crabtree Falls - Campground Connector 1

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking
  • Length: 282 ft

Crabtree Falls - Campground Connector 2

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking
  • Length: 326 ft

Crabtree Falls - Visitor Center to Split

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking
  • Length: 0.18 mi

Crabtree Falls - Split to Hiker Parking

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking
  • Length: 453 ft

Crabtree Falls - Split to Loop B

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking
  • Length: 205 ft

Total Calculated Length: 2.86 mi

This value is derived from our underlying map data, and it may not match officially published information.



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