The Great Craggy Mountains, commonly called the Craggies, are a mountain range in western North Carolina, United States. They are a subrange of the Blue Ridge Mountains and encompass an area of approx. 194 sq mi (503 km²). They are situated in Buncombe County, North Carolina, 14 miles northeast of Asheville. The Black Mountains lie to the northeast, across the upper Cane River valley.
The Blue Ridge Parkway runs along the crest for most of the way between Asheville and Mount Mitchell. Craggy Gardens, an area of 16 km, is covered with purple Catawba rhododendrons in mid-June. The Craggy Pinnacle Overlook trail is a moderate .73 mile hike to a stone wall overlook with 360 degree views. The parking area for the trail is at milepost 361.2 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.The parkway through the area was closed from late 2012 through early 2013 due to subsidence caused by heavy rains, and had to be closed again during summer 2013 due to a reoccurrence of the same issues. Access to Mount Mitchell was only from the north or via detour from the south.
There's a trail called Reese Trail leading to the summit.
By elevation Craggy Dome is
# 1 out of 44 in the Great Craggy Mountains # 7 out of 170 in Blue Ridge Parkway # 58 out of 3424 in North Carolina # 3 out of 275 in Buncombe County # 65 out of 39823 in the Appalachian Mountains # 64 out of 6326 in the Blue Ridge Mountains
By prominence Craggy Dome is
# 1 out of 44 in the Great Craggy Mountains # 6 out of 170 in Blue Ridge Parkway # 88 out of 3424 in North Carolina # 9 out of 275 in Buncombe County
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