The Blue Ridge Parkway will once again have guided hikes every Friday during the summer season, led by Parkway rangers. The first hike is June 10 at 10 AM at Craggy Gardens to see what is in bloom. It’s peak time for rhododendron there. Craggy is located just 24 miles from Asheville, via a very scenic drive. Since the elevation there is 5,000+ feet, it’s always cooler there – usually 10-15 degrees cooler than Asheville.
The easy-to-moderate, 1.5-mile roundtrip hike on the Craggy Pinnacle Trail will focus on the the flowering trees, shrubs, and wildflowers that make Craggy Gardens special. Enjoy 360-degree mountain views from atop the Pinnacle. The hike will start at the Craggy Dome Overlook at Milepost 364.1, just north of the Craggy Gardens Visitor Center. Hikers should bring water, wear good hiking shoes, and be prepared for changeable weather. Call 828-298-5330, ext. 304, for details.
For more about Craggy Gardens, go to http://www.romanticasheville.com/Craggy.htm .