Fall in North Carolina: The Best Places to See Fall Colors in Western NC

Autumn Leaves at the Linn Cove Viaduct on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Fall in North Carolina is particularly special because the autumn leaves are around for an extended amount of time. The vibrant fall colors almost seem to develop in shifts, gradually working their way down the Blue Ridge mountainsides as seasonal temperatures begin to drop. Changes at the higher altitudes (see: Mount Mitchell, Clingmans Dome, Richland … Read more Fall in North Carolina: The Best Places to See Fall Colors in Western NC

The 15 Best Pisgah National Forest Hiking Trails in North Carolina

Pisgah National Forest Hiking Trails

If you enjoy getting deep into the forest, exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains, and looking up as gorgeous waterfalls cascade down, then Pisgah National Forest is going to be a winner. Encompassing over 500,000 acres in Western North Carolina, Pisgah Forest offers lots of room to roam. Its hundreds of miles of trails provide an ample … Read more The 15 Best Pisgah National Forest Hiking Trails in North Carolina

The 20 Best Western NC Small Towns To Visit (and Live In!)

Western North Carolina is perhaps best known as home to Asheville, one of the most deservedly popular up-and-coming small cities in the United States. But the Blue Ridge region is also blessed with more than its fair share of small mountain towns, which ooze Appalachian culture and history. Dozens of the small towns near Asheville, … Read more The 20 Best Western NC Small Towns To Visit (and Live In!)

Pisgah National Forest: A Beginner’s Guide

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Pisgah National Forest encompasses over half a million acres of the Appalachian Mountains in Western North Carolina. The forest is separated into three ranger districts: Appalachia and Grandfather are located north of Asheville, while Pisgah is south of it. Within the national forest’s boundaries, visitors can explore sections of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the … Read more Pisgah National Forest: A Beginner’s Guide

The 20 Best Western North Carolina Waterfalls for Hiking

20 Western North Carolina Waterfalls - School House Falls

Spend any time in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina and you’ll quickly realize that waterfalls are a big thing here. Waterfalls in NC can be as literally big– as in over 800 feet high– as they are numerous. You’ll find approximately 250 waterfalls just in the 381-square-mile Transylvania County, located just south … Read more The 20 Best Western North Carolina Waterfalls for Hiking

The 10 Best Blue Ridge Parkway Hikes for NC Day Trips

Best Blue Ridge Parkway Hiking Trails

The Blue Ridge Parkway road trip is an American classic. It’s possible to traverse the entire 469-mile route on rubber alone, stopping at some of the 400+ overlooks for those famous scenic mountain views, without ever breaking a sweat. The list of the area’s attractions is so extensive, your Blue Ridge Parkway itinerary could easily … Read more The 10 Best Blue Ridge Parkway Hikes for NC Day Trips

20 Best Blue Ridge Parkway Overlooks in NC & VA

20 Best Scenic Overlooks Blue Ridge Mountains Parkway

If ever there was a perfect time to take a road trip with little outside social interaction, plenty of open spaces to roam, and lots of beautiful landscapes to cover, the summer of 2020 is it. Cruising the Blue Ridge Parkway makes social distancing easy. And in our opinion, a Blue Ridge Parkway road trip … Read more 20 Best Blue Ridge Parkway Overlooks in NC & VA

Exploring Craggy Gardens, NC (Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 344.1, 382.5 & 384.7)

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As a tourist destination, the Blue Ridge Parkway specializes in three things: spring blooms, autumn leaves, and jaw-dropping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. While there are many places to stop along the way that supply all three of these things, Craggy Gardens, NC is the ultimate option in my opinion. Located nearly 5,900 feet … Read more Exploring Craggy Gardens, NC (Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 344.1, 382.5 & 384.7)

The Top 20 Blue Ridge Mountain Towns in GA & NC

It’s not hard to imagine why so many people love to retreat into the Blue Ridge Mountains, which stretch 550 miles from North Georgia to southern Pennsylvania. Between the breathtaking views and outdoor adventures that await around almost every turn, there’s something mesmerizing about exploring such majestic terrain. The towns that are scattered throughout the Blue … Read more The Top 20 Blue Ridge Mountain Towns in GA & NC

Visiting Doughton Park (Blue Ridge Parkway Mile Marker 238.5 – 244.7)

Blue Ridges of Mountains in Doughton Park, NC

Located in North Carolina between Blue Ridge Parkway mile markers 238.5 and 244.7, Doughton Park is actually the largest recreation area along the famous road. This Blue Ridge park spans about 7,000 acres and includes picnic areas, campgrounds, an official Blue Ridge Parkway visitor center, two historic cabins, and a collection of beautiful mountain streams. … Read more Visiting Doughton Park (Blue Ridge Parkway Mile Marker 238.5 – 244.7)