Craggy Gardens Trail

At A Glance


0.9 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 0.9
Steepness: Climbs Moderately
Tread Condition: Some Obstacles
Other Map ID: BRP MP 364.2
Hikes That Use This Trail: Craggy Gardens


This excellent trail travels from the Craggy Gardens Visitor Center up to Craggy Flats and Craggy Knob, then down to the Craggy Gardens Picnic Area. You will first reach the intersection with the Mountains to Sea and Douglas Falls trails. From here on, the path is shared with the Mountains to Sea Trail. If you were to turn left, a strenuous, rough descent would take you to the spectacular 70 foot Douglas Falls. There is a much easier way to the falls - but which requires a lot of driving on gravel roads! This moderately steep, rocky, sometimes wet trail travels first through a northern hardwood forest and then through a Southern Appalachain "heath bald" of mostly Catawba Rhododendrons. You will reach the old trail shelter - built out of large chestnut logs - where the trail splits. Turn left to head into the Flats, where blueberry pickin' in late August and early September abounds. This spur leads shortly to a great overlook of the North Fork Reservior and Graybeard Mountain. Continuing past the trail shelter, you descend moderately through more northern hardwoods to the Craggy Gardens Picnic Area after 0.9 miles. You can start the hike from either end, hike out-and-back or arrange a car shuttle to hike one-way. See Also Craggy Gardens Best Hike.

Intersecting Trails

  • Mountains to Sea Section 3
  • This trail is located in the Blue Ridge Parkway Section 4 area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Blue Ridge Parkway Section 4 trails list page.

    This trail also crosses into these trailhead areas:

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    Trail Segments

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    E. Side of Trail Shelter to W. Side Overlook Trail

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 319 ft

    W. Side of Trail Shelter to Overlook

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.15 mi

    Picnic Area to Mountains to Sea Trail

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 383 ft

    Visitor Center to Mountains to Sea Trail

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 346 ft

    Mountains to Sea Trail - Craggy Gardens Picnic Area to Gardens tr. W

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.46 mi

    Mountains To Sea Trail Section 08 - Gardens Tr. E. to Visitor Center Spur

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.2 mi

    Total Calculated Length: 1.01 mi

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