And Crabtree Falls Trail
June 27, 2007 – While on our Blue Ridge Parkway Tour, after leaving KOA Asheville East, we only made it 53 miles before our next overnight stop at Crabtree Meadows Campground. There are just so many pulloffs to stop and gawk at and it’s ridiculous to try to rush through this little slice of heaven.
Crabtree Falls is the only National Park Service campground along the Parkway where you can’t make advance reservations; all sites are first come-first served. (Site Map)
It was an enjoyable stay and the campground was quiet enough so that the door opening on the road like that wasn’t as big a problem as I thought it would be.
Although I only planned on one night here, I ended up staying an extra night to do the trail to Crabtree Falls. Once I heard about the short trail right from the campground to the falls, I couldn’t pass that chance up. My mom stayed at the motorhome and said she enjoyed walking around the lush green everywhere and just relaxing in the quiet.
The start of the trail to the falls felt like I was entering a magic world through a green keyhole with promises of surreal beauty awaiting – I was not disappointed. The trail wasn’t always this flat or easy – there were stairs involved, rocky parts and a steady incline, so sometimes I got winded and my knees complained, but it was really no problem since I wasn’t in a hurry.
Besides the greenery, with flowering bushes as company along the trail, this was one of my favorite hikes on the Parkway.
I never could tell the difference between the rhododendron and the mountain laurel, but who cares – these bushes by any name could not be more beautiful.
You can literally get soaked as you get up close and personal with these beautiful falls.
See what I mean? I spent almost an hour here just soaking it all in – and resting for the trip back up.
This is a totally enjoyable Blue Ridge Parkway experience and I’m glad I took the time to do it.