14 Incredible Scenic Drives Near Asheville, NC

One of the best and easiest things to do in Asheville is to pack or grab a picnic lunch and go for a drive to enjoy the beautiful, relaxing vistas the Asheville area is so famous for.

There is no admission fee to enter the Blue Ridge Parkway, and most things to do along the way are free.

Here are 14 more of the best scenic dives near Asheville, NC.

Grandfather Mountain

This fascinating 300-million-year-old mountain is home to many rare, endangered, and threatened species.


Mount Mitchell Scenic Drive

The Mount Mitchell Scenic Drive Byway is a 52-mile scenic drive that starts at the park’s main parking lot and ends in Burnsville.


Mount Pisgah

The Mount Pisgah Trail (1.6 miles to the summit) is considered a moderate to strenuous hike, but you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views.


Weaverville and Marshall

Weaverville is a charming, vibrant little town. Marshall is another lovely town just 20 miles from downtown Asheville. Its downtown is filled with art studios and fun shops.


Take the Black Mountain Rag Byway to Chimney Rock

This scenic 30.9-mile road near Asheville takes its name from it and honors the song “The Black Mountain Rag”with its syncopated rhythm of curves.


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