What to do when you get here
If you are looking for things to do and places to visit when you arrive, here are some ideas that will keep your group entertained.
A can't miss! Crabtree Falls is the tallest waterfall East of the Mississippi. It is a series of 5 major cascades and several smaller ones. When combined, the water falls a total of 1200 feet. This hike uses switchbacks up the side of a mountain to make the hike a little easier. After viewing the first level of the Falls, you'll begin your assent by hiking away from the falls and uphill along the trail. The trail then switches back directions and brings you back to the next level of the waterfall. The average hike takes about an hour and a half to reach the top, including rest stops, and about 50 minutes back to the bottom.
There is no entrance fee however there is a $3 parking fee. The walk to the Falls from our campground is a 1/2 mile along the main road. Take caution if you choose to walk to the Falls instead of drive as there is very little room on the side of the road.
The first level of the waterfall is handicap-accessible. Restrooms are located at the base of the Falls.
Ever wonder what a 360 degree view of the Blue Ridge Mountains looks like? Set aside a few hours and climb up to Spy Rock. It is a fairly difficult trail that takes roughly 40 minutes to complete, but your energy will quickly be revived once you experience one of the most breathtaking views on Earth. Bring a lunch and your camera and plan to spend some time at the top. It can be tricky to actually get on top of the rock, so stop by the office to get some tips. No restroom at this location.
Distance: 4 miles
Located along the Blue Ridge Trail, this short but intense hike will take you nearly 800 ft up to a cluster of boulders atop a peak. The spectacular view overlooks both sides of the mountain. Be prepared for a rocky trail that gets very steep - it will wear out the legs of less-seasoned hikers, but your effort will be rewarded! Approximately 45 min to the top. Not recommended for very young or the less sure-footed. No restrooms at this location.
Distance: 28.6 miles
Blue Ridge Parkway
Spanning 469 from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in NC to the Shenandoah National Park in VA, the Parkway provides an abundance of stunning mountains views, picnic areas, and hiking trails. Drive the winding road through Mother Nature's garden of diverse flora and fauna as long as you want - it's easy to spend a few hours taking in all the beauty! A great end to a day of exploring the local attractions is watching the sun set from one of the many overlooks. Few restrooms available along the Parkway.
Distance: 5.7 miles