America's Best Fall Color Drives
NC Division of Tourism
The Route: 110 miles.
Foliage Update: www.VisitNC.com/fallcolor
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Blue Ridge Parkway, an ideal time to drive its winding scenic roads with panoramic views. Start on the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 469.1 from Cherokee through Mount Pisgah, Asheville, and head to Mount Mitchell State Park, the highest peak in the Eastern United States. Feast your eyes on the eye-popping colors of ash, beech, red spruce, poplar, and maple trees.
Where to Stop: Enjoy panoramic forest views and excellent wildlife spotting from the 5,000-foot-high Pisgah Inn restaurant’s observation deck, and visit the Southern Highland Folk Art Center for locally made rocking chairs, pottery, and quilts.