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Western NC Mtns, North Carolina - Scenic Drives

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Scenic drives to consider in the Western NC Mtns area are listed below. Click on any scenic byway or backway listed below for complete information.

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  • 1.5 hours
  • 45 miles (72 km)

Rambling off the Blue Ridge Parkway, Appalachian Medley Scenic Byway offers its guests the beauty of the mountains and the promise of a pleasant drive.Many of North Carolina's most prominent peaks are located along this byway. Travelers will enjoy the opportunity to enjoy the rolling landscape as we...

  • 45 minutes
  • 31 miles (49 km)

This byway takes its name from an old fiddle tune called "The Black Mountain Rag". A 'rag' is a piece of music with multiple twists and turns, and that description also applies to this byway.The route begins at exit 64 off 1-40 near Black Mountain, resort community named for the Mountain range that ...

Providing spectacular mountain and valley vistas, quiet pastoral scenes, sparkling waterfalls, and colorful flowers and foliage displays, the Parkway extends through the Blue Ridge, Black, Great Craggy, Great Balsam, and Plott Mountains.

  • 2 hours to drive the Byway
  • 42.95 miles (69 km)

I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree. The poet Joyce Kilmer, honored by the nearby Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest in North Carolina, penned this famous line many years ago. Experience first-hand the towering trees this poem pays tribute to by traveling the Cherohala Skyway in North C...

  • 20 minutes
  • 10 miles (16 km)

As a passageway for marketbound farmers, Drovers Road was a place that early eastern settlers "drove" their flocks and livestock through.Drovers Road remains a unique site today passing through Hickory Nut Gap. This is one of the only two gaps in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and visitors are sure to se...

  • 2 hours
  • 65 miles (104 km)

Along the twisty roads of North Carolina, you'll find over a million acres of thick forest growth to explore on Forest Heritage Scenic Byway. Plentiful opportunities for historical experiences, outdoor recreation, and local culture await you along this vibrant byway.Start off your trip by visiting t...

  • 25 minutes
  • 17 miles (27 km)

Just outside the Blue Ridge Parkway, the French Broad Overview is a popular biking route that runs uninterrupted along 17 miles of scenic beauty. The French Broad River runs through the area, spicing up the region with a splash of water adventure. The road passes through several towns and a railroad...

  • Two hours
  • 60 miles (96 km)

Travel this beautiful section of the Nantahala Gorge where history meets industry in the forested areas of western North Carolina. The Indian Lakes Scenic Byway will take drivers on a journey through an area of meaningful names just itching to tell a story. The Indian Lakes Scenic Byway will also ta...

  • 45 minutes
  • 18 miles (29 km)

Also known as the Yonahlossee Trail, the Little Parkway travels through undeveloped wilderness areas in the Pisgah National Forest.The road was constructed in 1889 by man and mule for a toll road and was the link between Blowing Rock and Linville until 1987 when the Linn Cove Viaduct was completed o...

  • 45 minutes
  • 17 miles (27 km)

This byway begins in Cranberry, North Carolina, originally called Cranberry Forge for the iron believed to have been worked by the Indians. Cranberry was founded in 1850 and named for the abundant supply of Cranberries found in the region. About 12 miles along the route is Valle Crucis, where the mi...

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