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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:
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