Saturday, October 19, 2013

Blue Ridge Parkway: Craggy Pinnacle

We had a great day today. Headed out for some hiking and fun in North Carolina. We stopped in Weaverville for lunch at Blue Mountain Pizza and Brewery. Then we headed up to the Blue Ridge Parkway. We drove over to the Craggy Gardens area where we had hiked a few weeks ago.
Craggy Dome
This time, however, we made the pleasant, short hike up to Craggy Pinnacle. It was a little bit chilly today and a bit overcast.
ready for hiking
Still the fall colors were quite brilliant at around 5,000 feet in elevation.

hiking trail

We hit the trail and started our ascent through a bunch of gnarly looking old, twisted trees.
Noelle  and gnarly tree
We soon got our first views from the Lower Overlook.
Noelle and fall colors
Lower Overlook view
We spent a few minutes there relaxing and enjoying the view before we started to ascend to the Summit Overlook. There we got great views in all directions and could see back to the area we had hiked to a few weeks ago. It was a bit windy up there and so we didn't spend too much time gawking.
noelle at Summit OVerlook
at overlook again
We turned around and made our descent. We stopped at an unofficial overlook on the way down and enjoyed the view from there before returning to the car in a light drizzle.
at unofficial overlook

We took the parkway to the Folk Art Center where we browsed the wonderful art and Sierra did some walking around in the crunchy, fallen leaves. From there we headed into Asheville to get a beer at Green Man Brewing. A great day!

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