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Blue Ridge Parkway

Description: 75 miles of paved blue ridge parkway that goes from the Virginia state line to the Blue Ridge Mountains.Route is highlighted in red.

Specials Attractions: fall colors, scenic views, hiking & camping available
Best time to travel: April thru October           

Services Available: Food, gas & lodging.

For more info phone#800-295-7851
 
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BlueRidgeParkway                                

Description: 90 miles of paved Blue Ridge Parkway that goes from Shenandoah to the Great Smokey Mountains.Route is highlighted in red.

Specials Attractions: fall colors, scenic views, hiking, camping, folk art center, fishing & rock hounding.

Best time to travel: April thru October              

Services Available: All

For more info phone#800-257-1300
 
 
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MOUNTAINS WATERS
SCENIC BYWAY

Description: 61 miles of paved rd (route numbers-US64 / NC 106)that winds thru the spectacular Nantahala National Forest with mountain top views.Route below is highlighted in red.

Specials Attractions: fall colors, scenic views, hiking, camping, white water rafting &
kayaking.                                                                                                         
Best time to travel: April thru October                     

Services Available: All

For more info phone#800-336-7829
 
 
 
 
 
Elk Falls

Description: 25 miles of mostly paved road (route number-194) through rugged mountains to the accessible water falls.Route below is highlighted in red.

Specials Attractions: fall colors, scenic views, hiking, camping & fishing.

Best time to travel: April thru October            

Services Available: All

For more info phone#800-852-9506
 
 
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BLOWING ROCK

Description: 26 miles of mostly paved road (route numbers-SR1367 / 90 / 981 / 1511)Blowing Rock to Pisgah National Forest.Route below is highlighted in red.

Specials Attractions: fall colors, hiking, camping ,fishing & water colors.

Best time to travel: April thru October         

Services Available: All

For more info phone#800-295-7851
 
 
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Blue Ridge Parkway

Description: 75 miles of paved Blue Ridge Parkway that goes from Ashville to the Great Smokey Mountains National Park.Route below is highlighted in red.

Specials Attractions: fall colors, scenic views, hiking, camping & Cherokee Indian Reservation.
Best time to travel: April thru October       

Services Available: All

For more info phone#800-257-1300
 
 
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LINVILLE GORGE

Description: 19 miles of mostly paved road ( route numbers  SR1238 / 183 / 181 / 1265 / 210 / 210B) that circles the rugged Linville Gorge.Route below is highlighted in red. 

Specials Attractions: fall colors, hiking, camping.   

Best time to travel: April thru October

Services Available: Limited food, gas & lodging

For more info phone#800-295-7851
 
 
 
 ROAN MOUNTAIN

Description: 25 miles of  paved road ( route numbers-226 / 261 / SR1348 / 130) Spruce Pine to Roan Mountain.Route below is highlighted in red. 

Specials Attractions: Museum of  N.C. Minerals, fall colors, hiking rock hounding.

Best time to travel: April thru October      

Services Available: All

For more info phone#800-227-3912
 
 
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WHITE WATER FALLS

Description: 41 miles of  paved road ( route numbers-US64 / NC107 / SC107 / SC413 / SC130 / NC281 / US64)) to White Water Falls.Route below is highlighted in red. 

Specials Attractions: fishing, scenic views, fall colors, hiking, rock climbing.

Best time to travel: April thru October       

Services Available: All

For more info phone#800-648-4523
 
 
 
 LAKE TAHOMA

Description: 27 miles of  paved road ( route numbers-80) from Pleasant Gardens to Micaville.Route below is highlighted in red. 

Specials Attractions: fishing, scenic views, fall colors, hiking.

Best time to travel: April thru October             

Services Available: Limited food, gas & lodging

For more info phone#800-227-3912
 
 
 SPIVEY GAP

Description: 29 miles of  paved road ( route numbers-19W) through rugged mountain area to Tennessee.Route below is highlighted in red.  

Specials Attractions: fishing, scenic views, fall colors, hiking, water falls & old barns.

Best time to travel: April thru October  

Services Available: Limited food, gas

For more info phone#800-257-1300
 
 
 
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FOREST HERITAGE SCENIC DRIVE

Description: 65 miles of  paved road ( route numbers-215 / 276 / 280) THRU Pisgah National Forest near to Brevard.Route below is highlighted in red.  

Specials Attractions: fishing, scenic views, fall colors, hiking, swimming, rock climbing.

Best time to travel: April thru October 

Services Available: All

For more info phone#800-648-4523
 
 
 
 HEINTOOGA-ROUND BOTTOM RD.

Description: 35 miles of mostly paved road ( route-balsam mountain rd. / round bottom rd. / big cove rd.)  visiting part of the Great Smokey Mountains.Route below is highlighted in red.

Specials Attractions: fishing, scenic views, fall colors, hiking, mountain biking, water falls.

Best time to travel: April thru October       

Services Available: All

For more info phone#800-438-1601
 
 
 
 NEWFOUND GAP & CLINGMANS DOME

Description: 24 miles of  paved road ( route number-441) climbs the base of the Great Smokey Mountains to the highest peak.Route below is highlighted in red.

Specials Attractions: scenic views, fall colors, hiking.

Best time to travel: April thru October    

Services Available: All

For more info phone#800-438-1601
 
 
  FONTANA LAKE

Description: 50 miles of  paved road ( route number-441) that winds thru beautiful forests along the edge of the Great Smokey Mountains.

Specials Attractions: scenic views, fall colors, hiking, horse trails, fishing & boating.

Best time to travel: April thru October  

Services Available: All

For more info phone#828-479-3790
 
 
 JOYCE KILMER MEMORIAL FOREST

Description: 25 miles of  paved road ( route numberS-1127 / 143) through beautiful nation forest with tremendous views of the Unicoi Mountains.Route below is highlighted in red.

Specials Attractions: scenic views, fall colors, hiking, fishing .

Best time to travel: April thru October    

Services Available: All

For more info phone#828-479-3790 
 
 
 
  CROWDERS MOUNTAIN

Description: 10 miles of  paved road ( route numbers-216 / 161 / SR1100 / SR126 / SR1125) from Kings Mountain to Crowders Mountain.Route below is highlighted in red.  

Specials Attractions: fishing, scenic views, fall colors, hiking, swimming, rock climbing & boating.

Best time to travel: April thru October   

Services Available: All

For more info phone#800-849-9994
 
 
 
 HANGING ROCK

Description: 24 miles of  paved road ( route numbers-SR2053 / SR1152 / 268 / SR1504 / 89 / SR1001) from Pilot Mountain State Park to Hanging Rock State Park.Route below is highlighted in red.  

Specials Attractions: fishing, scenic views, fall colors, hiking, swimming, rock climbing, equestrian trails & boating.

Best time to travel: April thru October  

Services Available: All

For more info phone#800-331-7018
 
 
 
 REED GOLD MINE

Description: 32 miles of  paved road ( route numbers-SR1720 / SR1906 / SR1956 / SR1970 / 24/27 / SR1100) from wooded hills of Morrow Mountain State Park to the tunnels of Reed Gold Mine.Route below is highlighted in red.  

Specials Attractions: fishing, scenic views, fall colors, hiking, horse trails, gold panning & boating.

Best time to travel: April thru October

Services Available: All

For more info phone#704-982-4402
 
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 UWHARRIE MOUNTAINS

Description: 34 miles of  mostly paved road ( route numbers-SR1178 / SR1143 / SR1112 / SR1114 / SR1111 / SR1100 / SR1307 / SR1306 / SR1301 / 544 / 554) thru Uwharrie Mountains.Route below is highlighted in red.  

Specials Attractions: fishing, scenic views, fall colors, hiking,  & boating.

Best time to travel: April thru October 

Services Available: All
 
For more info phone#800-626-2672
 
 
 
 
 METEOR LAKES

Description: 39 miles of paved road across a section of  the coastal plain, passing by several lakes and a state forest  ( route numbers-US 421 / NC 242 approx 4-miles southeast of Spivey’s Corner.Route is high lighted in red below.   

Specials Attractions: fishing, scenic views, camping, fall colors, hiking,  & boating.

Best time to travel: April thru October    

Services Available: All

For more info phone#910-862-4368
 
 
 
 
 MACKAY ISLAND NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

Description: 34 miles drive that starts on Knotts Island at the Virginia state line. You will pass thru a wild life refuge & cross the Currituck Sound on a car ferry. Continue  along the Currituck Peninsula to the Currituck Banks and Bodie Island, part of the Outer Banks.(route numbers-NC615 / NC168 / US158) Route is high lighted in red below.

Specials Attractions: fishing, scenic views, hiking, wild life  & boating.

Best time to travel: All year              

Services Available: All

For more info phone#252-335-4365
 
 
 
 LOST COLONY OF ROANOKE

Description: 118 mile paved drive that passing many attractions on historical Roanoke Island and many wildlife refuges. Drive starts on the Outer Banks. (route numbers-US64/264 / US264 / NC99 / NC92) Route high lighted in red below.

Specials Attractions: fishing, scenic views, cycling, wild life  & boating.

Best time to travel: All year                 

Services Available: All

For more info phone#252-441-8144
 
 
 CAPE HATTERAS NATIONAL SEASHORE

Description: 48 mile drive that passes endless miles of beaches and dunes of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Stop and visit probably the best known light house in the U.S. (route-NC12)Route is high lighted in red below. 

Specials Attractions: fishing, scenic views, swimming, surfing, beaches, hiking, wild life  & boating.

Best time to travel: All year                  

Services Available: All

For more info phone#800-446-6262
 
 
 BLACKBEARD’S HAUNT

Description: 14 mile drive across the quiet Ocracoke Island, once a hangout of the famous pirate Blackbeard. The drive starts at the Hatteras  Ocracoke Ferry on the north end of  Ocracoke Island (route-NC12) Route is high lighted in red below.

Specials Attractions: fishing, scenic views, swimming, beaches, hiking, & boating.

Best time to travel: All year             

Services Available: All

For more info phone#800-446-6262
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
    
 
 
 

 

 

 

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