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Day 48: Craggy Gardens Picnic Area Barnardsville, NC.

May 18, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • 22.6 Continue straight across Craggy Gardens picnic area access road, continuing on trail to left of gravel road. K
  • 22.7 Turn right at T-intersection.
  • 23.3 Turn right on BRP and walk along shoulder approximately 100 yards before returning to trail at MST signpost.
  • 24.4 Descend ladder.
  • 24.6 Ascend ladder.
  • 27.2 Pass blue-blazed trail on right, then cross a small stream—note the springhead on the left.
  • 27.6 Turn right at a hairpin turn.
  • 27.8 Cross a small stream, then, at remains of old chimney, cross trail marked with blue blaze. The trail to the left is the first of two trails leading to the parking area on the BRP at Tanbark Ridge Tunnel (MP 376.7) approximately 0.5 mile away. K
  • 28.0 Continue straight past second trail to BRP parking area and ruins of Rattlesnake Lodge, a summer home built by Asheville physician Chase Ambler in 1903-4. K
  • 29.2 Begin descending a series of switchbacks.
  • 29.4 At Y-intersection, take left fork. Note: The right fork leads to Bull Gap gravel parking area on Ox Creek Rd. K
  • 29.7 Pass trail on right leading to gravel parking area on Ox Creek Rd.
  • 30.1 Continue straight across Elk Mtn. Scenic Hwy. at gravel parking area. K
  • 30.7 Cross stream.
  • 31.0 Descend a short set of stairs.
  • 31.8 Just before a Y-intersection, where the left trail passes a blue-blazed tree, take steps down and to the left as shown by a white arrow, then cross the BRP. Note: Continuing straight leads to parking area at Craven Gap (MP 377.4). K
  • 33.0 Continue straight past trail on left in sharp curve of MST.
  • 33.6 Pass spur trail to gravel parking area on the BRP on the right (MP 379). K
  • 33.7 Where roadbed is blocked by brush pile, bear right up wooden steps.
  • 34.6 Pass spur trail on right leading to rock, known locally as “Lunch Rock,” overlooking Haw Creek Valley.
  • 35.0 Pass blue-blazed spur trail to gravel parking area on BRP on right (MP 380.3). K
  • 35.9 Cross BRP at gravel parking lot (MP 381.2). K
  • 36.1 Continue straight past trail on right.
  • 36.7 Cross bridge over Riceville Rd., then, at T-intersection where tree on the left has a double white blaze, turn left. This is beginning of the Folk Art Center’s self-guided nature trail.
  • 36.8 Continue straight past trail on left.
  • 36.9 At sidewalk, turn right and cross access road to pick up sidewalk around parking lot. Then pass plaque on right honoring long-time Carolina Mountain Club volunteer Arch Nichols. Note: Turn left instead to reach the Folk Art Center (MP 382), which exhibits fine art and crafts from around the Southern Appalachians and has restrooms and water. It is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm April-December and 9 am to 5 pm January-March. N
  • 37.0 At end of parking lot, bear left onto trail marked with MST signpost. K
  • 37.3 Continue straight across BRP access road. Note: The access road leads to US 70, with heavy strip development in both directions, including an Ingles supermarket approximately 0.5 mile to the right (west).
  • 37.5 Turn right onto BRP shoulder and immediately cross bridge over US 70.
  • 37.6 Turn right into the woods at MST signpost.
  • 38.2 Cross stile with white blaze, then follow white blazes under BRP viaduct across field.
  • 38.3 Cross stile at end of field, continue straight on bridge over Swannanoa River towards railroad tracks, then cross railroad tracks and pass through tunnel under I-40.
  • 38.4 At end of tunnel, turn right on white-blazed trail, then go up stairs.
  • 38.6 Continue straight through power-line cut.
  • 39.3 Where trail to the BRP Visitor Center comes in from right, bear left towards US 74. Note: The BRP Visitor Center & Headquarters (MP 384) is 0.3 mile down the trail on the right. It has exhibits about the natural and cultural heritage of the BRP area as well as restrooms and water. It is open from 9 am to 5 pm daily year-round.


May 18, 2018
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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