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Losing Yourself in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Take a Drive in the Clouds

By: Sage Robinson + Save to a List


Go out and get lost. 

You won't regret it....you'll just have a story. For better or worse, a story and an adventure. 

I currently live in the beautiful town of Asheville, North Carolina. Asheville is still a relatively undiscovered gem located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in the great, bbq eating state of North Carolina. Growing up in the west, I never really knew much about the east coast area or even the south, so moving to North Carolina was nerve racking, but a surprisingly easy transition from Colorado. Asheville sits in a valley surrounded by peaks at about 2,000 ft. above sea level and is a haven for adventure seekers. Whether you're into mountain biking, fly fishing, kayaking, or camping, this is a must visit location. Running through town like a river at flood is the famed Blue Ridge Parkway which is an expansive stretch of highway running for 469 miles from North Carolina to Virginia. If you ever make it out this way, do yourself a favor. Jump in your car, steer to the parkway and just drive. 

There are breathtaking scenic overlooks every few miles. If you're a photographer, bring all the lenses and an empty card because it's hard to stop capturing this landscape.  

Overlook at Craggy Gardens (20 minute hike from parking area)

If you're leaving from Asheville, you can head either north or south. I've done both and you can't make a bad choice. There are overlooks hugged by thick fog, exposing mountain tops saturated in thick, moss covered trees in every direction. 

If you're interested in waterfalls, just throw a rock in any direction and you'll most likely hit one. There are literally hundreds of waterfalls within a short driving distance from Asheville. Most are either right next to the road or a short hike from the parking area. Check out wncwaterfall.org to see a full list!

Eastatoe Falls

Western North Carolina has been one of the most surprising and inspiring places I've ever been and if you're in the area, make sure you take the time to get lost, because if you do, I'm sure you'll find something you'll never forget. 

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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