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4 Amazing Scenic Drives in North Carolina Near Our Murphy North Carolina Cabins

Why not make your next visit to our Murphy North Carolina cabins even more memorable by adding a little adventure to your vacation. Thanks to our incredible location, there is no shortage of scenic views to be found in and around our area. That is why we encourage you to explore one of the many gorgeous scenic drives in North Carolina during your stay with us.

Not only do these auto tours allow you and your family or group to experience the beauty of our area up close, but it also gives you a fun and affordable way to spend the afternoon.

To learn more about our favorite scenic drives, read below!

1. Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway scenic drives in North CarolinaOne of our favorite scenic drives in North Carolina near our Murphy North Carolina cabins is the Blue Ridge Parkway. More than just a highway, this peaceful roadway offers a unique experience you cannot find anywhere else.

Here, you and your family or group can enjoy a slow-paced and relaxing drive through a countless number of long-range mountain vistas and picturesque landscapes. With views like this, it is no wonder it is considered to be “America’s Favorite Drive.”

To get an idea of what to expect when you drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, watch the video below!

2. Cherohala Skyway

Cherohala Skyway scenic drives in North Carolina near Murphy North Carolina cabinsFor nearly 20 years, the Cherohala Skyway has been one of the most popular scenic drives in North Carolina near our Murphy North Carolina cabins. Not only does this route take you through the Cherokee National Forest, but it also guides you through the Nantahala National Forest as well.

In total, the route is just over 40 miles long. Meaning, it is the perfect way to spend a relaxing afternoon driving around the scenic beauty of our area. Not to mention, there are also several unique stops along this scenic drive you and your loved ones will love exploring during your auto tour adventure, including the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest.

We especially love touring this route during the fall when the leaves have changed from their usual greens to vibrant shades of red, yellow and orange. It is as if the sides of the mountains are set ablaze with beauty for as far as the eyes can see.

Please note, this roadway is susceptible to icy conditions during the winter. You may want to check the local road conditions before heading up this route if you plan on exploring during the winter months.

motorcyle enjoying scenic drives in North Carolina near Murphy North Carolina cabins3. The Tail of the Dragon

If you love winding mountain roads, then you are sure to love touring The Tail of the Dragon, also known as Deals Gap. Consisting of over 300 twists and turns, this roadway is perfect for guests who enjoy scenic beauty with a touch of adventure.

When you have finished making your way through all of the twisty bends, you should swing by the cafe located at the top of the mountain for a delicious lunch or a light snack. There is also a fun souvenir shop where you can pick up a commemorative t-shirt or mug to remember your experience on The Dragon. There is also a gas station here if you need to fill up before heading back to your Murphy North Carolina cabins.

Don’t forget to exercise caution as you wind your way up and down the mountain along The Tail of the Dragon. It is important you and your family or group stay in your own lane as you drive because many of the turns are blind and it will create a safe driving experience for you and other travelers.

4. Nantahala Byway

waterfall found along Nantahala Byway scenic drives in North CarolinaAt a total of 43 miles in length, the Nantahala Byway has no shortage of picturesque views for you and your family or group to enjoy. This roadway consists of a collection of scenic overlooks, historic landmarks and endless possibilities for fun and adventure.

One of our favorite features of this roadway is the view of the Nantahala River and the Nantahala Gorge found along the way. Perfect for whitewater rafting, canoeing, and kayaking, it is as if this scenic space was created for outdoor enthusiasts. If you prefer a calmer experience, it is also ideal for outdoor picnics as well.

Fontana Lake and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are other popular points of interest found along this route.

For tips on fun things to do during your vacation after exploring one of the scenic drives in North Carolina we mentioned above, check out our blog about the Top 3 Outdoor Activities Near Our Murphy North Carolina Cabins Year-Round.