the best of the Great Craggy Mountains
Craggy Gardens is a popular stopping spot along the Blue Ridge Parkway featuring a visitors center, hiking trails, scenic views, and an excellent mountain picnic area. It is located in the Great Craggy Mountains above Asheville, NC.
The Great Craggy Mountains name refers to rock outcroppings on the mountain summit balds. The mountain is actually blanketed with grasses and mountain shrubbery giving the impression of a large garden. Craggy Gardens has been recognized by the state of North Carolina as a Natural Heritage Area.
Craggy Gardens has the spring's most dazzling display of pink and purple rhododendron blooms. Catawba Rhododendron grows in abundance on the slopes and summits of Craggy Gardens. The low growing vegetation in this area makes for an unobstructed view of the colorful rhododendrons. Throughout the summertime the high slopes of Craggy Gardens display smaller native wildflowers and rare plants that cover the ground with vibrant splashes of color.