There’s An Emerald Waterfall Hiding In North Carolina That’s Too Beautiful For Words

Exploring the Blue Ridge Parkway brings with it countless adventures to get out of the car and immerse yourself in the lush, green wilderness you admire while making the drive. Many such places to explore are conveniently found only steps from the highway. Such is the case with the following trail to a lush, emerald waterfall known as Crabtree Falls, whose trailhead is located at the entrance to Crabtree Meadows Campground at mile marker 339.5.

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The trailhead to Crabtree Falls is located at the entrance to the Crabtree Meadows Campground at mm 339.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The trail is accessible all year; however, there are times when inclement weather may spur the closing of this section of the Parkway for safety reasons. Dogs are allowed on the trail as long as they are kept on a leash. Parts of the trail require crossing small creeks that may have higher water just after a rain. Ready to make the hike to this emerald waterfall in North Carolina? Learn more about the trail from this link on


Waterfalls are found in abundance in the Tar Heel State. Explore eight easy-access falls in this previous article.