Blue Ridge Parkway, NC
Mile Marker 364
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Along the Craggy Pinnacle Trail
This past weekend I attended the annual Grandfather Mountain Nature Photography Weekend. Check in didn't start until 3:00pm on Friday, but I decided to take the whole day off from work and take a leasurly drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway making a few stops along the way.
There was a light misty rain most of the drive, and as I gained elevation I entered into the clouds and the thick fogged limited visibility to about 20 feet. I knew the fog would eliminate any of the awesome views from the Craggy Gardens Trail, but I thought it would still be pretty cool in the fog.
My Truck at the fogged in Craggy Gardens Trailhead
I parked at the Craggy Gardens Visitor Center, and as soon as I stepped out of my truck, I knew I had not come adequately prepared for the rain and much cooler weather than I was expecting! So I purchased a nice BRP waterproof windbreaker jacket at the Visitors Center before beginning the short hike along the Craggy Gardens Trail.
I was right! This is definitely a cool place to be during the fog! The Rhododendrons were a bit past peak, but still had plenty of nice blooms left. Here are a few shots from the Craggy Gardens Trail
Next up, I decided to hike up to Craggy Pinnacle. For some reason I have never hiked this short (0.7 mile) trail before. Rumor has it there are some awesome 360 degrees views from up top. It was still a very cool trail to hike in the fog, but I will have to come back during a clear day to check out the views!
Here are a few shots from the Craggy Pinnacle Trail
The complete set of Craggy Gardens Photos are posted here: