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Craggy Gardens

My sister and I both have long lists of places to visit saved on Pinterest, and in 2016 we resolved to start visiting some of the local spots we had saved. One of those was the rhododendron tunnel in Craggy Gardens, located north of Asheville in the Smokey Mountains.

If you’re local to the area, I highly recommend visiting. Take the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway to the Craggy Gardens visitors center. There are several trails to explore, but if you take the The Craggy Garden Trail, you will pass though a rhododendron tunnel exotic enough to belong in a tropical destination. We were so exited to see it that we forgot that the trail would actually lead somewhere, in this case to fantastic views of the surrounding Smokey Mountains. 

Since the Craggy Gardens area is higher in elevation the weather can change quickly, so come prepared. During my visit it went from light rain to fog, before the sun finally broke through.


  1. Last summer my husband and I spent time in Asheville and sadly the day we went to Craggy Gardens was rainy and the fog had totally obsured the views 😦 One of these days I’ll get back there! Your azaeleas are wonderful!

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  4. I’ve been through several of these azalea tunnels, but never while in bloom. I always mean to go back in the spring but so far it hasn’t happened yet 🤢


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