Five Great End of Summer Drives from Asheville

Sunday, 27 August 2017 10:20

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Asheville is famous for its outdoor scene, with hundreds of miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, white water rafting and tubing, and incredible mountain views. As summer draws to an end, we have compiled a short list of five great drives to take while the leaves remain on the trees and everything is still green:


1) Drive to Craggy Mountain and Mount Mitchell from Asheville

From downtown Asheville, Craggy Mountain is only forty-five minutes and Mount Mitchell a little more than an hour on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Some of the highest elevation on the parkway, the drive to Craggy features enormous vistas and several stone tunnels. Short hikes to the summits of Craggy and Mitchell features 360 degree views. From Mitchell you can see up to five states and from Craggy, if the sky is clear enough, you can see the skyline of Charlotte.

2) Drive to Mount Pisgah from Asheville

Mount Pisgah is over a mile high. As you drive to it from Asheville, views open up on both sides of the Blue Ridge Parkway. It takes just over an hour to reach the visitor center, at which point you can enjoy an amazing breakfast or lunch at Pisgah Inn and set out on a short 1.5 mile hike to the summit. The top of Mount Pisgah treats hikers to a 270 degree view of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

3) Drive to Nantahala National Forest and Outdoor Center from Asheville

Though you will begin this drive on Interstate 40, once you exit onto Highway 74 you will be treated to incredible views of vistas and mountains. You will entered a heavy forest, winding along next to creeks and rivers. At the Nantahala Outdoor Center, you can grab some BBQ at Big Wesser BBQ and Brew, take a quick detour into Bryson City, and/or explore Fontana Lake. Other activities include:

  • Mountain Biking
  • Hiking the Appalachian Trail
  • White Water Rafting and Tubing
  • Camping and Hammock Hanging

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4) Drive to Turtle Back Falls from Asheville

Transylvania County is home to the highest number of waterfalls in the state. From Asheville, you will first pass through Brevard, a cultural center in itself. You will wind along the twisty roads toward Sliding Rock, Rainbow Falls, and many other natural features. Turtle Back Falls will require a bit of a hike, but you will be treated to one of the best sliding rocks in the area. The water is cold, so you want to make sure you make this trip before the end of summer.

5) Drive to Greenville, SC from Asheville

Greenville, SC has developed a great cultural scene, featuring food, drinks, concerts, and many outdoor activities. The drive to Greenville takes you through the beautiful, scenic Green River Gorge area. It is definitely worth a trip before summer draws to an end.

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