There’s more to real estate that four walls and a roof. And this time of the year, who wants be under a roof, anyway?
Every autumn in Western North Carolina, nature puts on a gorgeous color show of deep reds and bright yellows as the leaves transform into rich and vibrant hues. Private drives and public outlooks that show our mountains’ majesty year round suddenly transform into breathtaking, fiery scenes.
Each year, thousands of people take to the Blue Ridge Parkway to soak in the sights. While this All-American Road certainly dazzles, it’s only one of many great drives through our region. If you’re looking for a new spot for leaf peeping this season, our Beverly-Hanks agents are here to help.
We asked them: We want to focus on the colors, and not on traffic. Where are your favorite places to take a fall drive in WNC?
“Leaves in the fall? Go to the Peak of the Parkway—Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 408. Take a ride to Pisgah Forest near Brevard and up to the Blue Ridge Parkway to Pisgah Inn. You can have lunch while you are there, and the views are unbelievable. Then take a hike to Pisgah Mountain.”
“We started coming to the mountains about 20 years ago. When we first arrived in the fall, we were awestruck by the Blue Ridge Parkway with its watercolor landscape and kaleidoscope colors overhead. The cool breezes invited the stress to leave and the serenity to engage our souls. To recognize that God had created all this for me to enjoy and for His good pleasure was humbling.”
“There is no doubt that the Blue Ridge Parkway is the place to be when fall color begins to pop! It’s fun to drive it weekly to see the progression of colors throughout the different elevations that are visible from the Parkway. Another wonderful drive is Highway 276 from Brevard to Waynesville! You are in the Pisgah National Forest for much of the drive, and you cannot only see fall unfold around you, but there are plenty of waterfalls along the way!”
“My favorite drive in the fall is out Highway 209 to Max Patch, which is a great place to hike. The rolling pastures of the valley nestled down below the mountains are lit up with color. The colors of the leaves range from orange to yellow to brown and purple.”
“Our favorite drive in the fall is from Asheville to Johnson City on Highway 19/23 (Future I-26). Once you leave Asheville, it doesn’t take long to get into the heart of the Blue Ridge. Once you reach Buckner Gap and Sam’s Gap, you can truly take in the beauty of our Mountains. Stop at Sam’s Gap and you can take a hike on the Appalachian Trail!”
“For a drive that starts in town, I recommend Greenville Street in Saluda, which turns into Mountain Page Road. Eventually, the road goes through the watershed to South Carolina. Count on beautiful views!”
“Since I love to play with photography, I have discovered several beautiful locations for fall photos. A favorite place of mine is Montreat in Black Mountain. The reflection of the autumn colors in Lake Susan is truly beautiful. I also love to visit and hike at Craggy Gardens on the Blue Ridge Parkway to see miles of red, orange, yellow, and every shade in between!”