Step into a different world at Craggy Gardens. Gnarled, twisted trees, fog, and wind make this part of the Parkway like no other. Visitors flock to the area for the overabundance of rhododendron and the 360-degree views.
At a Glance:
Points of Interest:Visitor Center: Talk to a ranger for information and to grab a map. Open seasonally. Check the opening schedule for specific dates.
Sleeping and Eating:Craggy Gardens Picnic Area: Brown-bag it and grab a table. The picnic area is open seasonally; check the opening schedule for specific dates. When you visit Craggy Gardens, we ask that you Leave No Trace.
Craggy Gardens does not offer any sleeping options. See nearby towns for accommodations. Along the Parkway, the closest campground is Crabtree Falls, 25 miles north.
Things to Do:Hike a Trail: In just a 20 minute walk, enjoy spectacular 360-degree views from the summit of Craggy Pinnacle. Other trails, including access to the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, offer alternate adventures. Plan your hike with the Craggy Gardens trails page.
Mt. Mitchell: Just 10 miles north of Craggy Gardens is Mt. Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi. Although not a part of the Parkway, Mt. Mitchell State Park is accessible from the Parkway with a short drive, then walk, to the summit. Visit Mt. Mitchell State Park’s website.
Last updated: February 3, 2017