Blue Ridge Parkway | CRAGGY GARDENS VISITOR CENTER (MP 364.5)

Craggy Gardens Visitor Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Craggy Gardens Visitor Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Craggy Gardens Visitor Center is first and foremost a gift and book store, but there is also an information desk where you can pick up a park brochure and the Blue Ridge Parkway Outdoor Guide, a tabloid magazine-size publication that gives you the most information about the Parkway. There is a minor exhibit on the plants that grow in the area. Portable toilets are located in the parking lot.

The Visitor Center is generally open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM from early April through mid-November. To get the current schedule, visit the National Park Service’s official Operating Hours and Seasons web page for the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Inside the Craggy Gardens Visitor Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Inside the Craggy Gardens Visitor Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway

One end of the Craggy Gardens Trail begins at the Visitor Center. This is a .8-mile one-way trail that runs between the Visitor Center and the Craggy Gardens Picnic Area. You can also access the Mountains to Sea Trail, a 1,150-mile trail that stretches from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to the North Carolina Outer Banks. The trail is not part of the National Park system, so I did not hike it, but you can get more information on the Friends of the Mountains to Sea Trail website.

For information on all of the trails in the Craggy Gardens Recreation Area, visit the Craggy Gardens Hiking Trails web page.

Large parking area at the Craggy Gardens Visitor Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Large parking area at the Craggy Gardens Visitor Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway


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Last updated on November 11, 2023
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