Crabtree Falls - Milepost 339.5

Waterfall clinging to rocks surrounded by green trees.
Crabtree Falls flows over a 60-foot rock cliff.

Harold Blackwood photo

Whether your visit is a local day trip or part of an extended Parkway tour, the Crabtree Falls area is a welcome place to relax. Spend a night under the stars, hike to incredible Crabtree Falls, or just stop by for lunch at the picnic area.
Patch of blooming pink turtlehead flowers
Pink turtlehead flowers (Chelone lyonii) bloom along the Crabtree Falls trail in late summer.

At a Glance:

  • Waterfall
  • Campground
  • Picnic area

Points of Interest:

Crabtree Falls does not have a visitor center. The closest visitor center is North Carolina Museum of Minerals, 8 miles north along the Parkway.

Sleeping and Eating:

Crabtree Falls Campground: Spend a night under the stars at this 92-site campground. See the campground page for more details. Campground is open seasonally; check the opening schedule for specific dates.

Crabtree Falls Picnic Area: Brown-bag it and grab a table. The picnic area is open seasonally; check the opening schedule for specific dates. When you visit Crabtree Falls, we ask that you Leave No Trace.

Things to Do:

Hike to the Falls: The scenic 2.5-mile loop trail takes you to the base of Crabtree Falls, where water cascades over a 60-foot rock cliff. Hikers can then return back the way they came, or continue on the trail to the top of the falls and eventually back to the trailhead. Learn more about the Crabtree Falls trail.

Last updated: February 3, 2017

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199 Hemphill Knob Rd
Asheville, NC 28803


828 348-3400

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