8 Scenic Drives in North Carolina for Families


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Mount Mitchell State Park Overlook near Burnsville

Photo courtesy of VisitNC.com/Chip Henderson

Mount Mitchell Scenic Drive

Length: 52 miles
Region: Mountains

Thia 52-mile drive through Madison and Yancey counties begins at the summit of Mount Mitchell with an altitude of 6,684 feet. Explore Mount Mitchell State Park, a portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway and N.C. 80, where you’ll descend several thousand feet into the South Toe River Valley. You’ll also drive through the Appalachian District of the Pisgah National Forest. Opportunities for hiking, fishing and camping are plentiful in this region, which also includes scenic waterfalls at Roaring Fork and Setrock Creek. The trail continues on U.S. 19, which takes you through the historic town of Burnsville, and the drive ends about 15 miles from Asheville.

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