Craggy Gardens

A hazy sunset over the lush, green, forested mountain.
Sunset from Craggy Gardens

Jim Ruff Photo

Quick Facts
Mileposts 364-367, 20 miles north of Asheville
High elevation scenic area

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Craggy Gardens is a popular, high elevation destination 20 miles north of Asheville on the Blue Ridge Parkway. At 5,500 feet, the gorgeous and expansive views are some of the Parkway’s finest. Part of the Great Craggy Mountains, strong winds, fog, and harsh winters have shaped the area, producing stunted, twisted trees and wildlife that is uniquely adapted to this different environment. The name Craggy comes from jagged rock outcroppings or “crags” found here and the shrubs and grasses of the summit balds give the area a “garden” feel. And while colorful wildflowers can be seen from April through October, the highlight comes in June when the spectacular purple and pink blooms of the Catawba rhododendron are at their peak.

A visitor center, picnic area, and hiking trails provide plenty to do for a short stop or an all day visit. Craggy Gardens can be a very busy location, especially in the fall when the leaves turn color.

Blue Ridge Parkway

Last updated: January 11, 2024