Five WNC Drives to Make During Fall Near Asheville NC

Sunday, 29 October 2017 13:04

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Thousands upon thousands of tourists drive to our area to experience the array of fall colors here in the mountains. Asheville is a great base from which to travel throughout the southern Appalachians. Here at The DentFX, we enjoy taking full advantage of living in the area, to travel along the parkway and other roads during the week, when it is not so busy. Whether you are a lucky Asheville resident, or traveler, here are six drives to take from downtown Asheville.


1) I-26 West to Flag Pond, TN

You might not expect an interstate to make our list of great drives, but I-26 from Asheville to Flag Pond, TN features some of the best views in the state. Once you pass the Weaverville exits, you climb a hill, then descend to a majestic view of Madison County. From there, enjoy the colors and stunning views and you wind along toward Tennessee. You may also choose to take the Wolf Laurel exit for more great roads and views, or hike the Appalachian Trail from the Sam’s Gap area.

2) Blue Ridge Parkway North to the Linn Cove Viaduct at Grandfather Mountain

From downtown Asheville, Grandfather Mountain is about an hour and a half north on the Blue Ridge Parkway; however, the drive along the way is as spectacular as the unique summit itself. This drive’s many incredible features include:

  • Several tunnels and overlooks
  • Craggy Mountain’s short summit trail
  • Crabtree and Linville Falls hikes
  • The Linville Gorge hike
  • The Linn Cove Viaduct

Through the middle of November, the leaves will be most spectacular along the eastern views overlooking the lower elevations.

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3) Blue Ridge Parkway South to Mount Pisgah

Mount Pisgah is a mile-high mountain from which WLOS broadcasts to the region. The summit features a 280-degree view of the surrounding valleys and mountain balds, but the hour-long drive will feature excellent color through the middle of November. The 3-mile hike (total for the out-and-back) climbs about 500 feet.

4) Blue Ridge Parkway South to Skinny Dip Richard Bald

Richard Bald is about and hour and a half from Asheville along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Beyond Pisgah, the Parkway rises and falls in elevation, giving drivers excellent views of the valleys below and peaks above. Color should be on display on both sides of the road through the middle of November. For hikers, there are plenty of opportunities to park the car and hike to summits or waterfalls.

5) Highways 74 and 28 West to Fontana Dam

Regardless of the season, Highways 74 and 28 feature incredible views and forests in Smoky Mountains. Driving towards Fontana Dam provides drivers with views of Fontana Lake and the Nantahala River. You will be immersed in majestic fall colors through the middle of November, and provided with numerous opportunities to get out of the car and hike or bike.

If your vehicle incurs dents or dings in the parking lot of an overlook, or anywhere else in the Asheville or Greenville, SC areas, contact us. We provide same day estimates and repairs, working with your insurance company for your convenience.