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The Beautiful Craggy Pinnacle

The Beautiful Craggy Pinnacle North Carolina
Written by Duke Stewart

‘The backside of mountain is a fight against human nature,’ he said. ‘You have to care as much about yourself on the way down as you did on the way up.’ ― Mitch Albom, For One More Day

The Beautiful Craggy Pinnacle

We got started driving pretty early in the morning and pass through all that crazy I-40/85 traffic around Greensboro and Winston Salem. It’s a pretty nice day and not too hot yet. Just outside Asheville, the car turns off the interstate and enters that fabled Blue Ridge Parkway that everyone talks about. Christina and I are pretty excited because this is our first time, and the hype is definitely there. We’ve come to visit the BRP’s Beautiful Craggy Pinnacle and will come back with these epic photos from the trip.

Driving and Photographing Blue Ridge Parkway USA

The drive up to Craggy Pinnacle is filled with winding curves, mixing tree-covered roads and open views out in the mountainous abyss.

Blue Ridge Parkway Overlook

Overlooks

We stop at a few overlooks along the way and I can see why people get hung up on each stop along the 469-mile long Parkway.

Blue Ridge Parkway Tanbark Ridge Overlook

Since I’m due for something sarcastic, this is meh. I mean, who would ever come to a place like this?

Craggy Gardens Trail

Craggy Gardens North Carolina

The car finally arrives at the Craggy Gardens trail that veers away from Craggy Pinnacle. This trail meets the Douglas Falls Trail that’s part of the Mountain-to-Sea.

Craggy Gardens Visitors Center Overlook

The Visitor Center between the trail and Craggy Pinnacle is full of maps of parks-related gear. It’s one touristy shop I’d totally consider buying from, as long as it goes back into our National Parks.

North Carolina Craggy Gardens Trail

I hop off my soapbox and we descend down a quick set of steps into the Craggy Gardens trail.

Craggy Garden Trail Tree

This trail will eventually lead to Douglas Falls but we turn around for Crabby Pinnacle, on the other side of the Visitor Center.

Craggy Pinnacle

Standing at Craggy Pinnacle North Carolina

It’s a short walk up to Craggy Pinnacle, really nothing more than a steep set of stairs from the Visitor Center.

Blue Ridge Parkway North Carolina

The view is such a steal for that short of a walk. Everyone raves about June and the Catawba Rhododendrons but those Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance are fine enough for me!

Have you ever visited the Blue Ridge Parkway or Craggy Pinnacle? What did you think? Leave your thoughts below in the comments section:) 

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The Beautiful Craggy Pinnacle North Carolina

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Duke Stewart

I'm a writer and recovering American expat who shares my family's travels through life. Follow our adventures here and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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