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North Carolina Scenic Drives

Byways, Backways, Historic Routes,...

Scenic drives to consider in North Carolina are listed below. Click on any scenic byway or backway listed below for complete information.

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  • 1.5 hours
  • 71 miles (114 km)

Alligator River Route travels through the wetlands of North Carolina from Lake Mattamuskeet to Roanoke Island. It passes through swamp lands and wildlife refugees, where migratory birds gather and endangered species are protected.The road follows Route 94 north from New Holland, then east on Route 6...

  • 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...

  • 25 minutes, but allow extra time to stop and see the attractions.
  • 14 miles (22 km)

A 14-mile trek through the Uwharrie National Forest, the Birkhead Wilderness offers a plethora of opportunities for hiking amid the mountaintops.Beginning in Lassiter Mill and running 14 miles through wildness on Route 1143, this byway offers the naturalist a reprieve from city life and the opportun...

  • 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.

  • Allow 2 hours to tour this byway.
  • 82 miles (132 km)

Named for the great impact that the Civil War had on the region, the Blue-Gray Scenic Byway is rich with history. Travel over Civil War battle sites and beautiful landscapes or attend one of many Civil War re-enactments to truly feel a part of what came before.

  • 10 minutes
  • 3 miles (4 km)

Take a short drive along North Carolina's coastal area to the historic town of Brunswick. The town was left in ruins in 1830 andis now an archealogical site. Travelers with an interest in history will be delighted in the stories of the area. The byway is on North Carolina's coast and offers a view o...

  • 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...

  • 2.5 hours
  • 92 miles (148 km)

For a taste of North Carolina's history, the Colonial Heritage Byway offers several points of interest for travelers. Architecture from the 18th and 19th Centuries is abundant throughout the communities that dot the path of this byway. Many of the historic buildings are still being used today as cou...

  • 20 minutes
  • 8 miles (12 km)

A small and winding roadway through Crowders Mountain State Park, this Byway offers the traveler adventures in rock climbing and hiking along numerous mountain trails. Cresting above the surrounding hills is Pinnacle, a monadnock that refuses to be worn down by years of erosion. With a head of solid...

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