Fall Scenic Drive of the Week - Literary Road Trip

This week’s themed fall scenic drive is the Novel Fall Road Trip. This drive should take you past a mix of high and low elevations to see variations in the local fall color, and you can experience some of the many literary landmarks of the area.



  • Take the Blue Ridge Parkway south from Asheville toward Mount Pisgah, where you will find picnic areas, hiking trails and a restaurant.

  • Travel north on US 276 through the magnificent Pisgah National Forest, which affords a spectacular view of Cold Mountain, made famous by the novel and motion picture of the same name.

  • Continue on US 276 into Waynesville. Take US 23 north to US 19/23/74 east, which will return you to Asheville.

  • When you return to Asheville, visit Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site, the boyhood home and setting for his classic novel, "Look Homeward, Angel."

  • From Downtown Asheville, head north on Montford Avenue until you see signs for Riverside Cemetery, the resting place of O'Henry and Wolfe.


(Drive Time: about 2 hours round trip)


Also see: Fall Scenic Drives Fall Scenic Motorcycle Rides Fall Scenic Craft Trail Drives


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