Excursion to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina – Banner Elk and Grandfather Mountain

One blistering, boiling day the previous summer in the level terrains of North Carolina, me and my biker pal thought the time had come to anticipate an end of the week excursion. Not having any desire to invest a lot of energy arriving, however most certainly needing a difference in landscape and to get away from the smothering summer heat, we chose to look at the Grandfather Mountain region in the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains, pretty much an hour and half drive from home in Mooresville N.C.

That Friday we took off work two hours ahead of schedule, stuffed our saddlebags and bounced on our pigs heading up 77 to I 40, objective Banner Elk, North Carolina. We switched off the Interstate in the lower regions at Morganton, and after some cruising through Granny Flats Penrith the little Mayberry like town, before long wound up inclining toward the bends, past Table Rock and various mountain vistas, the late spring heat previously liquefying ceaselessly. Infrequently getting caught behind a neighborhood, never in a rush to go anyplace, we before long experienced a passing path and sped on our way.

We got on 105 in Linville and we realized we were nearly there. Cruising the following 7 miles in the shadow of Grandfather Mountain, we showed up at the stone structures of Tynecastle, turned left heading down the valley past Sugar Mountain and into the town of Banner Elk. We had reserved a spot at the Banner Elk Inn Bed and Breakfast, so we turned right at the main stoplight and were before long checking in.

Being the mixed drink hour, we extended our legs with a pleasant cool stroll into town and visited a few nearby bistros, then, at that point, went across the road and made a beeline for Stonewalls were we partaken in an astounding fancy meal.

Saturday was to be a day to voyage the region. After a good breakfast at the Inn, we outfitted up and made a beeline for Linville Falls, were we found the Blue Ridge Parkway. Traveling north towards Blowing Rock, the Blue Ridge Parkway is chocked loaded with winding streets and delightful mountain sees, perhaps the most effective way to visit the mountains of North Carolina.

Not long after hitting the Parkway we happened upon the Linn Cove Viaduct. A designing wonder, the viaduct is a raised extension that folds over Grandfather Mountain for about eight miles, and has the absolute best mountain sees on the Parkway. Intended to mix in, the scaffold is a fine illustration of Mother Nature and the man made existing together. We halted to get out on the path that goes under the Linn Cove Viaduct to get a superior perspective on some genuinely amazing engineering.

Julian Price Park was the following stop on the Parkway, with a crude campsite and a lovely lake that offers some amazing trout fishing. The recreation area covers north of 4000 sections of land and has 25 miles of climbing trails. An amphitheater, outing grounds, and kayak rentals make Julian Price a magnificent spot to go through the day. We put in two or three hours, then, at that point, continued on towards Blowing Rock.