|Tiny the Inchworm pointing to Craggy Pinnacle, the pointy mountain in the background.|
Craggy Pinnacle Tunnel via Mike_tn on Flickr.com
Once we got to the parking area, Tiny the Inchworm was left at his new home in one of the bushes, and we turned out attention to the path ahead.
|Seven tenths of a mile. That doesn't sound too bad does it?|
|At an even higher elevation, Craggy Dome is fits it's name perfectly.|
|'Climb the Short set of steps....'|
|The 'pleasant grassy area' with a huge tree laying in it.|
|A more formal natural spring.|
|Tannin on top of the world.|
|Paige on top of the world.|
|View from the lower overlook at Craggy Pinnacle|
|View of the Upper Overlook from the Lower Overlook.|
|Leaves you speechless. A great place to sit and take the world in.|
|View of the Craggy Gardens visitor center.|
|The North Fork Reservoir - Asheville' water source|
|Rock Art #1|
|Rock Art #2|
By this time we all were a little tired. Thank goodness the way back was down hill. We got in the car and headed home, not stopping at either of the two overlooks we passed on the way vowing to stop on the way home. Almost 3 miles of hiking in a day, nearly half of which was uphill, was enough to make the couch very appealing.
The Rhododendron bushes will be in full bloom in a few months, and we already have plans to go back then. These trails cut through the beautiful pink and purple blooms of the Catawba rhododendron which cover this "bald".
|View of Craggy Dome from about halfway up the Craggy Pinnacle trail. The trail switches back around a large rock outcrop, with a small "cave" underneath it. This is the view back down the trail from on top of the rock, during mid June when the rhododendron was blooming. (From hikewnc.com)|
That is the beauty of living here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Nature calls you out to experience the world in a way you are not accustomed to. It rewards your efforts with calm, quiet beauty, fresh air, and giving you the feeling you are part of something wonderful, you are on top of the world, and it is just awesome.