Crabtree Falls – Walking Wednesday

This week’s hike is at Crabtree Meadows down to Crabtree Falls – a 70 foot (21 meter) waterfall.  The trail is located toward the southern end of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Most of our hiking is down in the mountain ranges south of that (Craggies, Pisgahs, Balsams and, sometimes, the Blacks – we actually rarely hike in the Smoky Mountains because of the restrictions against dogs on trails inside the park), but we ventured further north Sunday just to enjoy the hike.

The first part of the trail is a fairly steady descent from the trail head at 3760 feet (1146 meters) and drop 480 feet (146 meters) to the base of the falls.  Then, of course, you get to hike your way back up and out.  A good description of the trail can be found here.

Frankly, the first part of the trail is somewhat crowded because of the adjoining campground.  But the back part of the trail – the longer section – is actually far prettier and very few people are on the trail.  Next time we do this trail, we will hike in and out on the backside.

Enjoy the video from the week’s Walking Wednesday:

16 Comments

  1. the Army of Four on August 20, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    That was so beautiful!!!
    Love,
    Ammy

  2. Mochi on August 20, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Awesome walk! I love all the fluffy tails! 🙂

    Natasha made us a bit nevous when she was walking on the edge!

    Mochi

  3. Storm Glory on August 20, 2009 at 10:11 am

    Don’t you just love that part of the country? The sound of the water in the creeks is one of my favorite sounds. Now that I’m living just outside a city I don’t get to hear it so much anymore. Glad I have your videos to get my nature fix on Wednesdays (or whatever day I finally get to read blogs lol).

    Poor Kiska, I thought a few times they were going to push her right off the trail, or the stairs!!!

  4. Wild Dingo on August 20, 2009 at 1:26 am

    did they want to go for a swim in those beautiful waters? if I were a husky, i sure would (not!)… you’re such a good sibe owner. my version of exercise is taking her to training yesterday with the bad boy FMD and she got to practice a little heeling but mostly down stays (?? exercise? nope!), and today, we started out for a long walk, but got side tracked at the school with 2 labs, who she chased in the field for an hour… oh hum… at least i didn’t have to exercise her, the labs did! 🙂

    she needs so much more exercise than the FMD, who just bounces around and exercises himself! he’s a weirdo like that.

  5. Norwood on August 19, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    Soo beautiful – oh and the waterfall too. I’m impressed with walking 3 dogs and taking a video and then compilation of videos. A+ work humans. Fancy trail. I though think my screen was adequately dusted from those 3 fluff dusters. But.. one thought kept coming to mind. Can I cut the leads and see what happens? Can we cut the leads? Oh.. that would be a video.
    norwood

  6. Stella on August 19, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Thank you for taking us along. Wonderful hike! You movies keep getting better and better too, with all your little details!

    Kisses,

    Stella and Mom

  7. NCMountainwoman on August 19, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Great video. I do so love watching the herd hiking. But “evil” might be a little harsh, don’t you think? Of course we call our Lucy “Lucifer” half the time. Won’t it be great when autumn is over and we have the trails to ourselves?

  8. Biloxi and Sibersibs on August 19, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Walking along dat rock ledge made Maw furry nervous. Furry nice walkie. Woo take us to some pawsome places.
    Your maw is furry talented wid da movies. Wishin’ my maw could do sumptin like dat. I must sit and learn her.

    Husky kisses,
    Biloxi

  9. Huffle Mawson on August 19, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Those waterfalls are lovely. And such a profusion of fluffy tails!

    Huffle Mawson

  10. The OP Pack on August 19, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    What a great hike – loved those waterfalls. My granddaughter was watching it with me and is convinced that Dakota has found a new home:)

  11. gus, louie and callie on August 19, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    What a great walk. We still do not see any devil horns.. Callie and Louie always play bitty face while they are walking..

    Big Sloppy Kisses
    Gus, Louie and Callie

  12. Bricey on August 19, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    You have the best locations to walk in! But I would have walked on the giant fallen tree.

    Bricey the Gymnast

    p.s. Natasha, I can come and knock some respect into the white one. He shouldn’t be bumping into you like that.

  13. Kira on August 19, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Wooos! What a great place for a walk, I think the step games were pretty funny. Mom would like to know how you make your movies, with what program, she is very movie impaired….
    -Kira The BeaWootiful

  14. Denns the Vizsla on August 19, 2009 at 9:44 am

    Very pretty spot! We really enjoyed hiking the mountains around Asheville when we spent a week there years ago. I loved the “must all pass through narrow steps at the same time” moment!

  15. Khyra on August 19, 2009 at 9:28 am

    What a beaWOOtiful walk with some khool games inkhluded fur fun!

    It was almost like a Weekend Trail-er Derby with The Khween N !

    I too am jealous of the lokhation!

    Hugz&Khysses,
    Khyra
    PeeEssWoo: It is always better when things are ready in advance of the posting, eh!?!

  16. Woodrow, Sweetie & Sherman on August 19, 2009 at 8:22 am

    What beautiful walkies areas – This must be the TN Bull Terrors forest – the are the Bully Crabtrees. The waterfalls are incredible – thanx for sharing your walk with us – we are very jealous

    Woodrow – Sweetie – MJ

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