Scenic Fall Drive of the Week - High Points on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Scenic Fall Drive of the Week - High Points on the Blue Ridge Parkway
As the fall color just begins to emerge at the higher elevations around Asheville, this week's themed fall scenic drive is High Points on the Blue Ridge Parkway (the northern route). Following this suggested route will allow you to pass through varying elevations, and stop at the highest elevations just north of the Asheville area:

  • Starting from Asheville, take the Blue Ridge Parkway north to Mount Mitchell (elevation 6,684 feet). This is the highest peak east of the Mississippi River.
  • Continue north along the parkway, and you will pass by Linville Falls, and take one of two hiking trails to see either the upper or lower waterfalls here.
  • Continue north on the Blue Ridge Parkway to Grandfather Mountain (5,890 feet, pictured), where you can see the fall foliage appearing from the swinging bridge.
  • Drive back onto the parkway, and head south to return to Asheville.
Total drive time is 1.5 hours each way. You can also do a modified, shorter version of the drive by simply going to Mt. Mitchell and returning, a very pretty scenic drive in its own right, at 45 minutes each way.

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

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