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Blue Ridge Parkway Asheville Audio Driving Tour

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Embark on an unforgettable journey through the Appalachian Mountains with Shaka Guide's Blue Ridge Parkway Asheville Audio Driving Tour. Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature as you explore the iconic route, learning about the region's history and culture along the way. With real-time GPS narration, you can enjoy the freedom to explore at your own pace, stopping at scenic viewpoints and trailheads. Whether you're a solo traveler, couple, or family, this tour promises an unforgettable adventure filled with breathtaking views and unforgettable memories. Book now and experience the magic of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville with Shaka Guide!

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Not Included
  • 8 hours - 13 hours
  • Suitable for 1-15 Participants
  • Private Tour
  • & Audio GuidedSelf Guided Experience
  • Immersive audio narration with stories and music
  • Offline map with GPS for easy navigation
  • Activity and restaurant recommendations along the way
  • Freedom to explore at your own pace
  • Unforgettable memories and breathtaking views
  • Take the tour when you want
  • Tours never expire
  • Offline audio guided tour: hours of audio narration with stories, travel tips and music
  • Offline map (map and gps work completely offline - no wifi or data needed)
  • Tour start is customizable
  • Tour highlights with activity and restaurant recommendations
  • Turn-by-turn directions using gps
  • Freedom to explore at your own pace - pick the stops you want, skip the ones you don’t
  • Audio narration that plays automatically as you drive
  • Private transportation
  • Meals and refreshment
  • Parking fees
  • Entrance fees

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Introduction

Embark on a journey through the stunning Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville with Shaka Guide's immersive audio driving tour. This experience will take you through the majestic Appalachian Mountains, offering a unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty that will leave you in awe.

What to expect?

With Shaka Guide's Blue Ridge Parkway Asheville Tour, you can expect a fully guided audio experience that will enhance your drive with fascinating stories, travel tips, and even music. The real-time GPS technology ensures that you don't miss out on any scenic spots or trailheads, allowing you to explore at your own pace and create unforgettable memories along the way.

Who is this for?

This tour is perfect for solo travelers, couples, and families looking for an adventure that combines the freedom of independent exploration with the guidance of a knowledgeable tour guide. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, history buff, or simply seeking a picturesque drive, the Blue Ridge Parkway Asheville Tour offers something for everyone.

Why book this?

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains with Shaka Guide's Blue Ridge Parkway Asheville Tour. With hours of audio narration, offline maps, and turn-by-turn directions, this experience offers the perfect blend of convenience and adventure. Explore hidden gems, enjoy picnics with mountain views, and uncover the magic of this iconic route with Shaka Guide as your trusted companion.

Good to know

When booking the Blue Ridge Parkway Asheville Tour, keep in mind that private transportation, meals, and entrance fees are not included. Be sure to pack snacks and drinks for the journey and prepare for any parking fees that may be required along the route. Whether you choose to start your tour north or south of the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center, you'll end your adventure at the picturesque Moses H. Cone Memorial Park in Blowing Rock.

Reviews

Travelers who have experienced Shaka Guide's Blue Ridge Parkway Asheville Tour rave about the convenience of the audio narration, the stunning scenery along the route, and the flexibility to explore at their own pace. Many reviewers mention the informative stories shared during the tour, highlighting the rich history and culture of the region that adds depth to the driving experience. Overall, feedback is overwhelmingly positive, with visitors praising the tour as a must-do when visiting Asheville.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

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Your Itinerary

Blue ridge Parkway Visitor Center

While not an actual stop on the tour, the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center is the official starting point. Narration will begin on the parkway heading north immediately after the visitor center.

The Folk Art Center (Southern Highland Craft Guild)

The Folk Art Center at Milepost 382 in Asheville is open year-round from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The center showcases Appalachian arts and crafts in its Folk Art Gallery and also houses the headquarters of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. A gift shop sells handmade Appalachian crafts. You can hike a section of the Mountain-to-Sea Trail behind the center.

Tanbark Ridge Overlook

Tanbark Ridge is the first scenic overlook we’ll be stopping at. There are many more on this section of the parkway, and you are free to stop at any or all of them–even if they aren’t mentioned on the tour. Just a note–if you do decide to stop at a different overlook, just pause the app and resume when finished. Otherwise, it will keep talking, and you may miss the next set of directions!

Lane Pinnacle

The views are just starting, and they get even better as we go along! Lane Pinnacle Overlook features a view of Lane Pinnacle, a small peak named after Charles Lane, an early settler who built an iron mine on this land. As you leave this overlook, you’ll find yourself gradually driving higher and higher into the mountains where the fog and mist can sometimes blanket the road making for a magical ride.

Craggy Gardens Visitor Center

The Craggy Gardens Visitor Center is open seasonally from April 15 to November 13 and highlights the unique ecology of the rhododendron heath bald. The center's daily hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. after October 31. After visiting the center, take the Craggy Gardens Trail for about 10 minutes and hang a left at the trail shelter to enter the secluded rhododendron heath bald. This beautiful mountaintop meadow offers stunning views, especially in the spring when the rhododendrons are in full bloom. Another option is to hike up to the top of Craggy Pinnacle for panoramic views of the valley. It’s one of the most spectacular spots to catch a sunrise or sunset. This section of the parkway is often blanketed in fog and can sometimes be closed due to inclement weather. Check our hiking guide for more details.

Mount Mitchell State Park

Located in the high-elevation forests of the Black Mountains, Mount Mitchell State Park is really one of the must-see stops on this tour. It’s free to enter, and the short walk up to the 6,684-foot summit might just be the highlight of your trip. In addition to several hiking trails, you’ll find a museum, gift shop, restrooms, a seasonal restaurant, concessions, and a visitor center. To get the fullest experience, visit both the observation deck on the summit for out-of-this-world views as well as the Balsam Nature Trail for a walk through the magical spruce-fir forest.

Green Knob Overlook

The sweeping views from Green Knob Overlook were featured in the opening scene of the 1992 movie The Last of the Mohicans. It’s one of the overlooks you definitely won’t want to miss!

Laurel Knob Overlook

The main attraction at this stop is the gnarly dead tree. This unusual landmark sets this overlook apart from all the others–not to mention it makes a great photo backdrop!

Black Mountains Overlook

This time, instead of sweeping views of the valley from above–you’ll get a stunning view of the mountains from below. The entire Black Mountain Range coming right at you!

Crabtree Falls Picnic Area

Just for the record, even if you aren’t hungry, this place is worth a drive-through. Crabtree Falls Picnic Area has to be one of the most scenic places to enjoy lunch on the entire parkway. Each table has a view. Bon Appetit!

Crabtree Falls

If you have the time and energy to tackle one of the longer hikes on this tour, consider adding Crabtree Falls to your itinerary. This beautiful 70-foot cascading waterfall is a photographer’s delight and a popular destination for hikers. The moderate three-mile loop trail includes steep sections with rocks and roots. There’s also a slightly shorter in-and-out option. See the hiking guide for detailed information.

Little Switzerland

One of the closest towns to the parkway, the Alpine-themed village of Little Switzerland offers lodging, shopping, and food. If you have the time and budget, consider checking out Emerald Village. This fun tourist attraction offers family-friendly mining activities where the young and young-at-heart can: pan for gold Dig for real gemstones tour extensive exhibits in their 10-story Discovery Mill or tour a historic mine Warning--prospecting for gold and gems requires some digging in the dirt, so pack an extra outfit and bring along Ziploc bags for treasures. Open daily between April 1 and October 31. Check their website for seasonal hours and separate activity fees.

Museum of North Carolina Minerals

The Museum of North Carolina Minerals, located in the heart of the Spruce Pine Mining District, is home to interactive exhibits about North Carolina minerals and their mining history. It's open year-round from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed for lunch between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.). The museum sits in Gillespie Gap where the Overmountain Men crossed the mountains during the Revolutionary War on their way to the Battle of King's Mountain. In mid-September, the museum hosts a re-enactment of the Overmountain Men. You can access the Overmountain Men Victory Trail behind the building.

The Orchard at Altapass

Not only does the Orchard at Altapass pride itself on growing the best heirloom apples possible, but it also works hard to preserve the regional traditions and culture of the land. Open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through October 30, the orchard hosts educational and entertaining activities for all ages. Activities include: Live Old Time Music Apple picking The Clinchfield Model Railway walking trails "Hey" Rides--a storytelling ride through the orchard that brings to life the history of the Overmountain Men during the American Revolution and the fascinating life of early settler Charles McKinney. Wrap up your visit at the General Store with a serving of fresh, hot apple pie alamode. Check out their website for seasonal hours.

North Cove Overlook

From North Cove Overlook, you’ll be able to view the Orchards at Altapass in the distance. Surprisingly, the orchards were planted over a hundred years ago–not by farmers–but by the Clinchfield Railroad company whose rails once crossed the Blue Ridge Mountains right here at McKinney Gap.

Heffner Gap Overlook

This is another place where the Overmountain Men passed on their way to the Battle of King’s Mountain during the Revolutionary War. Later in history, a single mother named Amanda Heffner managed her family farm here during the dangerous days of the Civil War. Her descendants still live in this gap which was named after her.

Bear Den Overlook

In addition to more stunning views, this overlook has a “beary” interesting history. The overlook was built on a spot along the mountain where black bears once had a den.

Admission Not Included

Linville Caverns, Inc

Linville Caverns reveal the natural wonders hidden deep inside Humpback Mountain. Guided cave tours showcase fascinating limestone features like stalactites, stalagmites, the "Ballroom" and a frozen waterfall. The moderately priced half-hour tours run every 10 minutes and are first-come, first-served. The temperature remains steady at 52 degrees, so bring a jacket or sweater. The caverns are closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and are only open on weekends during the winter. Check their website for seasonal hours and fees, and call ahead to check how busy they are. If it’s busy, consider purchasing tickets for a later tour, doing the hike to Linville Falls first, then returning to the Caverns afterward.

Admission Not Included

Linville Falls - Trail and Waterfall

The Linville Falls Visitor Center features a small gift shop, restrooms, maps, and hiking information for the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area. Trails for iconic Linville Falls begin behind the visitor center. Linville Falls, one of the most popular waterfalls on the Blue Ridge Parkway, is a definite must-see. Bring your camera to capture the beauty of the Linville River as it cascades through two spectacular falls before descending through a beautiful and rugged gorge. Different hiking trails lead to multiple viewpoints of both the upper and lower falls. Wide and well-maintained, the one-mile round trip trail to the Upper Falls is a relatively short, easy hike with a big payoff. Climb down to the rocks and get a close-up view of the falls. (Swimming is not allowed, however.) You can catch a view of the spectacular Lower Falls by walking just a bit further to Chimney View or Erwin's View.

Lost Cove Cliffs Overlook

Lost Cove Cliffs Overlook is one of three places people come to view the mysterious Brown Mountain Lights. Unfortunately, tall trees block most of the view.

Flat Rock Trail

Off the beaten path, Flat Rock Trail is one of the parkway's hidden gems. This short, easy 0.6-mile loop trail offers views of interesting trees, plants, and fascinating geological features called "bathtubs." Once you reach the top, you'll see that Flat Rock lives up to its name. There are numerous large, flat rocks made of quartzite from which you can enjoy sweeping panoramic views of Grandfather Mountain and Linville Valley below. Less crowded than other trails, Flat Rock is the perfect place to bring a picnic, sit on a rock, and enjoy the peaceful setting. The trailhead begins in the parking area. Stay to the left and hike the path clockwise, following the yellow arrows once you get to the top to complete the loop.

Grandfather Mountain

(Pass by)

Grandfather Mountain is a must-see tourist destination that showcases all the beauty and splendor of Grandfather Mountain. Cross the breathtaking Mile-high Swinging Bridge for one of the most spectacular views on the parkway. Explore easy trails through peaceful forests or more difficult climbs on rugged peaks. (Note: Grandfather Mountain’s challenging hikes should only be attempted by experienced hikers with the proper gear.) Visit the interactive exhibits in the Wilson Center for Nature Discovery and see cougars, elk bald eagles river otters black bears ...up close. And drive the famous "Forrest Gump Curve" featured in the iconic American movie. Admission is steep, but the experience is priceless. Online reservations are highly recommended as space is limited and slots fill quickly during the summer. Check their website for fees and seasonal hours.

Linn Cove Viaduct

(Pass by)

Probably the most photographed structure on the parkway, the Linn Cove Viaduct is an engineering marvel. The complicated bridge appears to float gently around Grandfather Mountain on tall concrete piers. Its design and construction preserve the fragile habitat of Grandfather Mountain while showcasing its beauty. Completed in 1987, the viaduct was the final segment of the Blue Ridge Parkway to be built. While the adjacent Linn Cove Visitor Center is no longer open, you can still access trails from the parking lot. A walk along the Tanawha Trail will take you under the viaduct for a close-up view.

Rough Ridge Lookout

Rough Ridge Lookout on the Tanawha Trail is one of the top places to view fall colors on the parkway. Just a short 10-minute hike to a wooden boardwalk offers multiple viewpoints the higher up you go. Even if you miss the fall colors, Rough Ridge Lookout still has plenty to offer including a view of the entire Linn Cove Viaduct and Grandfather Mountain plus lots of large boulders along the trail that make great spots to sit and soak in the breathtaking views.

Price Lake

(Pass by)

Price Lake is the jewel of Julian Price Memorial Park. Although swimming isn't allowed, you can stroll along the lovely walking path that circles the lake or paddle around in a canoe or kayak. Fishing is also allowed. Boats can be rented at Price Lake Boat Rentals past the campground. There are no picnic tables or restrooms right at the lake, but they can be accessed at the nearby Price Lake Picnic Area.

Moses H. Cone Memorial Park

The centerpiece of the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park is Flat Top Manor, the magnificent summer home of textile giant Moses H. Cone and his wife Bertha. Open to the public from April 15 to November 27 during seasonal hours, the mansion houses a folk craft store as well as a National Parks Visitor Center with a small gift shop and park information. The beautiful and extensive grounds of the Cone Estate feature an orchard, fishing lakes, and 25 miles of beautiful carriage trails which are open to the public year-round.

Blowing Rock

(Pass by)

Situated at the lower end of the Moses H. Cone Estate, Bass Lake is the sparkling gem you can see from Flat Top Manor. The tranquil fishing lake can be reached by one of the carriage trails or by car via Highway 221. A lovely one-mile walking path circles the lake and offers a view of the manor home on the hill behind it. The charming town of Blowing Rock is just a few minutes away. There, you’ll find quaint shops, cafes, lodging, parks, and North Carolina's oldest tourist attraction and town namesake, The Blowing Rock. It’s "The only place in the world where snow falls upside down."

Reviews

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1.5 (2)

joycerR2895XS

Our party of four was very disappointed that we were unable to get this tour loaded onto our phones. Not having Wi-Fi available and not already having the app on our phones and not being notified that we had to have the this app we were left with no options. we also were unable to have any reception for GPS on three phones with different carriers, so I’m not sure the GPS coordinates of the tour would’ve even worked.

theadventuringsun

I think the app needs better navigation features. The background music was actually annoying and gave me a headache, so I turned it off. It’d be nice to be able to connect to your own music with the navigation so you didn’t have to pause your music out of the app then go into the app to hear the story. App seems a little useless since most of the route was closed due to construction, I feel like I got gypped and wasted money, unfortunately.
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