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Crabtree Falls, North Carolina Waterfall on Blue Ridge Parkway

Also see: Blue Ridge Parkway | Linville Falls | Waterfalls Guide | Looking Glass Falls | Looking Glass Rock | Sliding Rock | Gorges State Park | Rainbow Falls | Orchard at Altapass | Little Switzerland | Waterfall Drives & Maps
Crabtree Falls NC

Crabtree Falls is located in the Crabtree Falls & Meadows Recreation Area at Milepost 339.5 of the Blue Ridge Parkway (about 45 miles north of Asheville) and is accessed by woodland hiking trail with two options: An easier 3-mile hike to and from on the same trail with a steady descent and return climb. Or a more strenuous 3.5-mile loop trail that climbs a ridge above the falls. It's a beautiful hike, complete with plenty of wildflowers. The 70-foot waterfall is definitely worth the trek!

2014 Update: The store, campground and picnic area will be closed. The hiking trail remains open every day.

Park at the store and look for the "Falls" hiking trail sign. Walk down the mostly level trail past the amphitheatre into the campground about 1/3 mile. Just past a small info booth, you will see a small parking area on the right with a sign for the Crabtree Falls Trailhead.

Take the trail from the parking area down to a 'T' intersection. The trail to the right is shorter and somewhat easier. It's mostly downhill to the waterfall (just under a mile) so it's uphill on the return! Sometimes the trail will have wet and muddy sections.

A bridge over the creek in front of the falls offers great views. There are even better views on the other side of the creek, and you can walk up to the base of the falls. The photos on this page were taken after a good bit of rain. So the water flow is less during drier times of the year.

You can either return the same trail or complete the loop (adds an extra 1/2 mile) by climbing the stairs across Big Crabtree Creek and continuing up and along the creek for the 1.7-mile hike back to the parking area. The first part just after the waterfall is the steepest. When you get closer to the campground, spur trails will head off to the right into the campground - follow signs for Loop B and amphitheatre to get you back to your car.

Crabtree Falls marks the last stretch of the Parkway through the Blue Ridge Mountains before it turns westward into the Blacks, Craggies, Pisgahs and Balsams. In the early summer, the Meadows is a showplace of wildflowers, including the hawthorne, beard tongue, mountain laurel, and gentian.

Directions
Crabtree Falls parking is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway at milemarker 339.5, near Little Switzerland and about 16 miles north of Mt. Mitchell. From Asheville, drive the Parkway 42 miles north.

More Waterfalls
Other waterfalls nearby are Linville Falls, Roaring Fork Falls, Setrock Creek Falls and Grassy Creek Falls.

Download the PDF of the Crabtree Falls hiking map provided by the National Park Service.

Waterfall Drives & Maps

Crabtree Falls NC
Crabtree Falls roaring after a big rain

Crabtree Falls


Crabtree Falls store is closed - but parking is open

Watch our video of Crabtree Falls. See more waterfall and Asheville videos.
 
Crabtree Falls, Blue Ridge Parkway
Crabtree Falls from the trail past the bridge.
Blue Ridge Parkway
The loop trail follows beautiful Crabtree Creek after you pass the waterfall.

 

Trillium NC Mountains
Spring wildflowers such as the trillium line the loop trail
     
     

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