Your Guide to Touring the Blue Ridge Mountains

Blue Ridge MountainsFall foliage is nearing its peak in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s time to grab your sweater and head to the Asheville, North Carolina area. The Orchard Inn is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, on the cusp of the North Carolina/South Carolina border.

Our quaint rural town is possibly the only town in America with every downtown building listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It attracts railroad enthusiasts and outdoor trekkers. Whatever your reason for coming, we hope you enjoy your guide to touring the Blue Ridge Mountains.

First, you’ll want to get out and about in the great outdoors. There are endless trails available for hiking. The beautiful mountain scenery will truly take your breath away. A few options include Pearson Falls, Little Bradley Falls or Big Bradley Falls. Pearson Falls is the easiest out of the three. It is made up of 268-acres of spring-fed streams and has a 90-foot waterfall! Pearson is excellent for bird watching or wildflower spotting. Little Bradley Falls is a moderate, creek-side hike under a canopy of trees. If you’re looking for a challenge, go with Big Bradley! It is much more advanced, however, so we recommend going with a professional guide to ensure your safety.

You can also tour the Blue Ridge Mountains by road biking, kayaking or zip lining. There are 45 miles of gorgeous, scenic routes for road bikers to enjoy. There are also guided kayak tours for every skill and comfort level, but zip-lining is still one of our favorite ways to tour the Blue Ridge Mountains! Let the Green River Gorge cater to your adventurous side and experience North Carolina adventure at its best. This is truly a priceless perspective of the Gorge. You can save $10 per person when you stay at the Orchard Inn and book a trip with The Gorge through us.

Another place to enjoy panoramic mountain views is Sky Top Orchard. “Pick your own” from a mountaintop of apple and fruit trees or sit by the orchard pond with ducks and geese.

And the adventures in the great outdoors continue at Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE) with six miles of hiking and riding trails. There is also a hard, paved trail available for the physically challenged. Take part in a nature study, outdoor recreation or equestrian competition. There’s something for everyone at FENCE! Likewise, DuPont State Forest contains 10,400 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Here, the elevations range from 2,240 feet at Cascade Lake to 3,620 feet at the peak of Stone Mountain. There are four major waterfalls throughout! The filming of both “The Last of the Mohicans” and “The Hunger Games” have made this a very popular site.

After a long day spent touring the Blue Ridge Mountains, return to your room at the Orchard Inn. Our Asheville area bed and breakfast is the perfect destination for those looking for picturesque natural sights and comfortable hospitality. You can enjoy all the outdoor activities by day and then rejuvenate in our soothing Inn by night. Click here to view our rooms and rates!

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