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5 Scenic Drives To Experience In Western North Carolina

Western North Carolina is in full-on “Spring Swing”, and the “hills are alive” with avian chatter, squirrels scampering and mountain flora in bloom. Spring also happens to be an ideal time for the great American pastime of scenic driving. And where better to cruise in your little deuce coupe than the Blue Ridge mountains surrounding Asheville and Wildberry Lodge? Not only do we have rivers, waterfalls, trails and forests, we have some wonderfully curvy mountain roads, highways and main roads that are local treasures in their own right:

  1. Take The “Parkway” – Travel the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway and you will be party to unparalleled, spectacular mountain scenery and vistas. From Asheville, head north or south, go slowly, stop often and take in the magnificent scenery.
  2. Life In A Small Town – The Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina are home to dozens of picturesque small towns featuring charming “Main Streets”, quaint general stores and local shops, local diners, restaurants & eateries, bistros, breweries, galleries and eclectic havens. Our small towns have interesting, quirky names (Saluda, Dillsboro, Black Mountain, Old Fort and Bat Cave, among others). Make a day of it and immerse yourself in our natural beauty, incredible outdoors, and enjoy some old-fashioned mountain hospitality.
  3. The French Broad Beckons- A drive along the French Broad River is an absolute delight. Your 17-mile begins just north of Asheville on Rt. 26, at exit 19. Heading towards the town of Marshall, you’ll eventually wind up on  Highway 251 on the way to Marshall. Don’t forget to make a stop at Ledges Whitewater River County Park where you can enjoy a riverside picnic lunch.
  4. Go Chase Some Waterfalls- Aka “The Waterfall Byway”, Highway 64 will take you on a 98 mile trek through the Blue Ridge Mountains and past a plethora of beautiful waterfalls, from the Gem Capital of The World aka Franklin at mile 0, through Cashiers, with its Village Green  12-acre park in the middle of town, Highlands (elevation 4,118), Brevard, home of The White Squirrel Festival, and culminating in Chimney Rock Village at mile 98.
  5. “Take The Byway That’s The Best”- North Carolina’s Appalachian Medley Scenic Byway pays homage to Western North Carolina’s illustrious local music history. Following NC Rte. 209 from Lake Junaluska to Hot Springs, this renowned byway travels through farms, fields, the Pisgah National Forest and quaint towns such as Trust with its famous general store, and Luck.

And, lest we forget about Motorcycles: Bonus – The Biker’s Dream: “The Tail of The Dragon”- The Tail of the Dragon is the most famous motorcycle drive on the East Coast. About 90 miles away from Asheville, motorcycle enthusiasts will experience the thrill of navigating 318 curves within an 11-mile stretch.

And we promise that you won’t be bored or hungry when you stay at Wildberry Lodge. We are an eclectic mix of rustic and elegant that will provide you with a special mountaintop experience; one where you can relax by our massive stacked stone fireplace, hike our private 2 miles of trails or enjoy our Jacuzzi hot tub with a view. Reserve your room for spring now or call 828-683-2525.

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