Craggy Gardens

The Great Craggy Mountains, commonly called the Craggies, are a mountain range in western North CarolinaUnited States. They are a subrange of the Blue Ridge Mountains and encompass an area of approx. 194 sq mi (503 km²). They are situated in Buncombe County, North Carolina, 14 miles northeast of Asheville. The Black Mountains lie to the northeast, across the upper Cane River valley.

The high slopes of the Great Craggies are dominated by heath bald with rhododendron and blueberry, and northern hardwood forest with beech, buckeye, mountain ash and red oak. The Craggies are in the Pisgah National Forest area


The Blue Ridge Parkway runs along its crest. Craggy Gardens, an area of 16 km, is covered with purple rhododendrons in mid-June.

Craggy Gardens, MP 364

These high elevation summits are home to spectacular floral displays. June and July are usually prime times to view the pink and purple blooms of rhododendron, but don’t despair if you miss the peak bloom. Violets, blackberry, May-apple, and Turkscap lily burst onto the scene with color in this high-altitude portion of the Parkway.

What to Do

  • Plan your adventure at the Craggy Gardens visitor center
  • Take a short hike up Craggy Pinnacle trail and witness a stunning 360-view of seemingly endless peaks and forested slopes
  • Enjoy a picnic amid natural beauty
  • Visit nearby Mount Mitchell, the highest point east of the Mississippi



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