Craggy Garden


We found Willow winds while researching for our 2nd annual girl’s trip ~ three sisters and our wonderful mother. We had a wonderful time at Beautiful Biltmore! It was nice to come back to “Mom’s Manor” and relax. We loved the pond, fountains, and hot tub. After a day of walking it was a nice retreat.

Thanks for a most relaxing and memorable atmosphere to enjoy time with my sisters and mother. We Loved It!!

Janette Corum, J. Self, J. Beck, J.Meadows

Beautiful rhododendrons, grand views
1.5 miles: Moderate

For those who’ve rented Asheville, NC, cabins with hopes to vacation among rhododendrons, Craggy Gardens may be one of the best bets for a day trip. The pinkish-purple blossoms complement the grand views quite nicely. The beech forests, laden with ferns, mosses and wildflowers, create an enchanting setting. The hike from the picnic area may be short, but travels up a moderate incline. You should plan on spending some time poking around the woods, taking pictures of the old barn, and soaking in the views from the stone overlook.

Fenced off path toward garden

From the picnic area, follow the Bear Pen Gap Trail for 0.2 miles uphill. When the forest opens up to meadows, you’ll meet up with the Craggy Gardens Trail. Take a right on the Craggy Gardens Trail and follow it to the overlook. Return the way you came.

Driving directions

From Willow Winds, take a right on Sweeten Creek Road. Drive 0.5 miles and then take a left on Rock Hill Road at the traffic light. Drive one mile down and then take a left on Hendersonville Road. Just 0.2 miles down, take a right onto the entrance ramp for the Blue Ridge Parkway. Turn left on the parkway. Exit the parkway just past mile 368, taking a left on Stoney Fork Road. Take an immediate right at the Craggy Gardens Picnic Area.


We enjoyed our stay in this lovely, well equipped comfortable cottage.

Wonderful to be so secluded and quiet ~ yet so close to shopping etc.

Such comfortable beds & pillows, a very important item indeed!

The grounds are lovely; even in early spring ~ love those fountains! Our thanks to Pat & Linda for being so friendly & accommodating.

M & D Dunbar (Briercrest, SK)

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