Carolina Picnic Getaways
Ridge Parkway National Park
Milepost 339.5 - Crabtree Meadows
The area covers 250 acres. Hiking, picnic
area, camping, comfort station, drinking water. 40 minute walk to
Crabtree Meadows Picnic Store & Gift
Shop: MP 339. Distinctive handmade gifts, regional crafts &
camping supplies. Phone: (828) 675-4236 Open from May-Oct
Crabtree Meadows marks the last stretch of
the Parkway through the Blue Ridge Mountains before it turns
westward into the Blacks, Craggies, Pisgahs and Balsams before
entering Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In the early summer,
the Meadows becomes a showplace of wildflowers, including the
hawthorne, beard tongue, mountain laurel, and gentian.
The enterprising visitor can even hike the
steep trail down to Crabtree Falls - as long as they are prepared
for the quite strenuous climb back up! Campground, Picnic area,
restaurant and gift shop, and a number of off-Parkway motels and
bed-and-breakfast inns are available.
Milepost 340.3 Crabtree Falls
Milepost 355.4 NC 128. To Mount
Mitchell State Park.
Highest Peak in Eastern U.S.A., Observation
Tower, Tent Camping Area, Trails, Nature Study, Picnic Area, Natural
History Museum, Restaurant (May-October).
Mount Mitchell State
2388 State Highway 128, Burnsville, NC 28714
Phone: (828) 675-4611
In the crest of the timeworn Black Mountains
lies the summit of Mount Mitchell, the highest point east of the
Mississippi. For those who ascend this mighty peak, what looms in
the horizon is a feast for the eyes � breathtaking views of the
Blue Ridge Mountains, rolling ridges and fertile valleys.
Forested and forever misty, 1,855-acre Mount
Mitchell State Park will provide you with some of the most tranquil
moments you'll ever experience.
Milepost 364.4 Craggy Gardens
June and July are the months to visit this
spectacular showplace of Catawba rhododendron and other
late-blooming wildflowers. Long after the blooms have been spent on
the lower elevations, the violets, blackberry, May-apple, and
Turkscap lily come into their own in this high-altitude portion of
This heath bald is only one of many
throughout the Southern Appalachian Mountains; the name refers to
the bald appearance of the mountaintop, which is in reality covered
with grasses or mountain shrubbery.
There is a visitor center, picnic area, and
a variety of trails including the Craggy Pinnacle Trail, offering a
panoramic view of the surrounding heath bald and rhododendron
Milepost 367.6 Spur to Craggy
Picnic area, Comfort Station, trails. The
name fits � Craggy Gardens. These high elevation summits are home
to the most spectacular floral display along the 469-mile parkway