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Crabtree Meadows


The Crabtree Falls Trail is a moderate to strenuous 2.5-mile loop trail that traverses a variety of habitats. The Crabtree Meadows campground and the open field next to the amphitheater also offer good birding. Additional species may be found directly along the Parkway. The Three Knobs Overlook (Milepost 338.8), just north of the entrance to Crabtree Meadows, and the cut vista openings at the entrance offer views of raptors and early successional species. Great-crested, Least and Acadian Flycatchers, Scarlet Tanager, Black-billed and Yellow-Billed Cuckoos, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Brown Creeper, Louisiana Waterthrush, and many warblers, including Canada, Hooded, Black-throated Blue and Black-throated Green Warblers, can be found along the trail. Barred Owl frequent the area and can often be seen and heard during daylight hours. Red-headed Woodpecker and other woodpecker species have been seen in the campground. The open field next to the amphitheater is a good site for Field, Song and Chipping Sparrows, Eastern Meadowlark, Indigo Bunting and Common Yellowthroat.

Species of Interest (Full Bird List)

Common Raven, Red-headed Woodpecker, Eastern Meadowlark, Least Flycatcher, Black-throated Green Warbler, Canada Warbler


northern hardwood/cove forest, oak forest & mixed hardwood/pine, early successional, bog/wetlands

Access and Parking

The trail is open daily, except during Parkway closures. Trailhead parking is behind the campground entrance kiosk. The store, campground and picnic area are open from May - October. It is best to check our website to get current road conditions (http://www.nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/roadclosures.htm).


From Spruce Pine, take NC 226 south approximately 6 miles to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Turn right (south) on the Blue Ridge Parkway and go 8.5 miles to Crabtree Meadows (Milepost 339.5). Turn right and follow the signs into the campground.

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