Are you the type of person who enjoys natures and scenic car rides? If so, you will want to spend some traveling through the Blue Ridge. The North Carolina Mountains are full of scenic roads that take you through National Parks, National forests, valleys, farmlands and much more. Along the way you can take in breathtaking views of mountains, hills, and waterfalls while also stopping at many small towns that are full of history and rich in culture. Of course, you don’t want to miss out on the many historical landmarks that are also located throughout the Blue Ridge.
Traveling from Black Mountain to Golden Valley is a great place to start. Black Mountain is located only 20 minutes away from Asheville. This scenic road is known as the Black Mountain Rag. There are many stops that you will definitely want to make while traveling this byway.
- The Swannanoa Valley Museum – The history of the Blue Ridge region is well documented through both artifacts and pictures. The museum is located in the former Black Mountain Fire House which offers plenty of history of its own. To make things even better, you don’t have to pay a dime to visit this attraction.
- The Black Mountain Center for the Arts. This attraction is also free, and features local art exhibits while also offering classes and workshops. If you stop by the Black Mountain Center for the Arts at the right time you may even be able to take in a theatre production.
- Another popular scenic byway in the area is known as Drovers Road. This road got its name because it was once used by settlers who herded livestock, also known as drovers. This route will take you through Hickory Nut Gorge, Chimney Rock Park, and Lake Lure.
- If you are interested in nature, the Drovers Road route is perfect for you. You will definitely enjoy your time at the Rocky Broad River Walk, the Lake Lure Town Center Walkway and Park, and the Donald Ross Nature Trail Park.
The Blue Ridge area of North Carolina is perfect for anybody who loves nature, history, and scenic drives.