The N.C. Department of Transportation has designated 60 scenic byways to give visitors and residents a chance to experience a bit of North Carolina history, geography and breathtaking scenery while raising awareness for the protection and preservation of these treasures.
The routes are carefully selected as safe and interesting alternates to the faster-pace and commercial areas found along the state's major highways and interstates.
Travelers can really get to know North Carolina's people and communities and see the diverse beauty the Tar Heel state has to offer – from the high peaks of the Appalachian Mountains to the fertile hills of the Piedmont to the marshes and sounds in the Coastal Plain.
Mount Mitchell Scenic Drive
Need a cool down from the summer heat? Head to the summit of Mount Mitchell. At 6,684 feet, it is the highest peak east of the Mississippi. Established on March 3, 1915, Mount Mitchell became the first state park in North Carolina. It is here on N.C. 128 where you begin the Mount Mitchell Scenic Drive. Descend to Burnsville for a stroll through historic downtown and see the colorful squares along the Quilt Trails of western North Carolina. Recreational opportunities along this byway are numerous and include camping, fishing, hiking, cycling and birdwatching.
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