Lisa at the base of Crabtree Falls 2

Crabtree Falls, Blue Sky, & Mountains, Mountains, Mountains

Lance had to work down in Rutherford county this week, so I drove down with him to keep him company and so that we could hike together up on the Blue Ridge Parkway on the way back.

It’s been years since we hiked to Crabtree Falls, which is a few miles below Little Switzerland on the BRP (MP 339.5).

The hike down to the falls is only a mile or so, but the descent is steep, and there were a fair number of people on the trail.

Lance & Lisa at Crabtree Falls
Lance & Lisa at Crabtree Falls
Salamander at Crabtree Falls
Salamander at Crabtree Falls
Lisa at the base of Crabtree Falls
Lisa at the base of Crabtree Falls

But most people hiked back the way they came, while we chose to continue the loop, which climbs some stone stairs up the side of the escarpment.

And even though this trail follows several long switchbacks, nearly all of your elevation gain (which is not inconsiderable!) on this hike is in that short half mile or so coming up out of the valley to the top of the waterfall, and then quite a bit higher on the mountain.

Then the trail ambles on for another mile and a half or so to bring you back to the trailhead. It’s about a 3 mile round trip, and every bit of it beautiful.

The stream that feeds Crabtree Falls
The stream that feeds Crabtree Falls

We saw lots of cutleaf toothwort in bloom, and when the rhododendrons start to flower, this trail will be especially gorgeous.

We got onto the Parkway right at Crabtree Falls, and drove a few miles north to see a few of the views as the day closed. Even though the mountains are still not greening up yet, they still remain breathtaking.

More mountains near Little Switzerland
More mountains near Little Switzerland
Mountains with ribs
Mountains with ribs
Big sky over mountains
Big sky over mountains

2 comments on “Crabtree Falls, Blue Sky, & Mountains, Mountains, Mountains

  1. Those falls are really something! Good on you for being able to hike down there. Not something I could manage.

    • Lisa Creech Bledsoe

      I am profoundly grateful to be able to hike as much as I do. And play/coach pickleball, etc! It’s continually amazing to me how much our bodies do for us.

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