Best 10 Scenic Drives in the Blue Ridge Mountains

The Blue Ridge Mountains off some of the most beautiful and scenic drives in the world.  Numerous roads in the Blue Ridge Mountains offer you the ability to drive over rivers and creeks, to high-elevation scenic views that will take your breath away, by beautiful waterfalls and through the beautiful dense forests.  

Along the way, you'll find tons of things to see and do, and you'll most likely see some wildlife as well.  Like bears, Elk, Deer, and more!

Best 10 Scenic Drives in the Blue Ridge Mountains

2 - Skyline Drive, Virginia

The Skyline Drive in Virginia, runs 105 miles north and south along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park. The drive offers incredible views of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley.

Fall on Newfound Gap Rd

3 - Newfound Gap Road - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

One of the most amazing drives you can take, anytime of year.  This drive will take up up 3,000 feet in elevation in less than 18 miles, from Cherokee, up to Newfound Gap at over 5,000 feet, then back down to Gatlinburg.  You'll see creeks, historic sites, wildlife, waterfalls, and gorgeous views that go on for miles.

4 - Forest Heritage National Scenic Byway (Highway 215), North Carolina

Nationally recognized, this scenic drive is a winding 79-mile route that crosses through beautiful forest, waterfalls, hiking trails and provides scenic  views.  This is also named the Copperhead Loop by motorcyclists.   This is a drive you won't want to miss, and is exceptionally gorgeous in the Fall.

Bridal Veil Falls NC Highlands

5 - Waterfall Byway: US Highway 64, North Carolina

If you love waterfalls, this is the drive for you!  You'll drive 98 miles through the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, seeing plenty of beautiful waterfalls, forests, and passing through wonderful small towns.   

Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway

6 - Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway, Georgia

Surrounded by the beauty of the Chattahoochee National Forest, this 40.6-mile national byway will take you through the valleys and mountain gaps of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Georgia.  You see the vistas from atop Brasstown Bald waterfalls, and scenic wonders.  Several scenic overlooks and interpretive signs are features of this route.

Heintooga Round Bottom Road

7 - Heintooga Round Bottom Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

If you prefer a more remote and back mountain scenic drive, Heintooga Round Bottom Road might be the right option for you.  This rugged, 14 mile gravel road, will take you from the high elevations of the Blue Ridge Parkway, down to Cherokee.   Along the way, you'll see beautiful wildflowers, remote scenery, creeks, and waterfalls.

Daughter of the Stars Scenic Drive

8 - Daughter of the Stars Loop, Virginia

The Daughter of the Stars Loop Scenic drive, will take you from Front Royal Virginia, down through Luray, and through some beautiful scenery.  The road follows along the Shenandoah River, and provides a number of access points for viewing and enjoying this historic and beautiful river.

Road to Nowhere Tunnel

9 - Lake View Drive - The Road to Nowhere, North Carolina

Lake View Drive, located just outside of Bryson City NC, is a beautiful but unfinished road, that ends at the far end of a tunnel.    This curvy drive, provides beautiful scenic views of Lake Fontana, access to hiking trails, and the ability to talk through the tunnel at the end. 

Chattahoochee National Forest

10 - Cohutta-Chattahoochee Scenic Byway, Georgia

The Cohutta-Chattahoochee Scenic Byway in Georgia, is a 54 mile scenic drive that takes you through the natural beauty and history of the rural communities surrounding the cities of Dalton and Chatsworth in northwest Georgia. 

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