The beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains cover most of western North Carolina, including Asheville. While they extend from Georgia to Pennsylvania, the highest peaks are found here. In fact, Mt. Mitchell is the highest summit east of the Mississippi River. Much of Blue Ridge Mountains in our area are protected by Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests, home to rivers, rare plants and a multitude of wildlife.
The Blue Ridge is noted for having a blue tint, especially when seen from a distance. Trees release isoprene into the atmosphere to create the blue haze. Find thousands of miles of hiking trails and many spectacular waterfalls. Enjoy the views from one of the most scenic drives in America, the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Asheville is a perfect basecamp for exploring the mountains any time of year. Each season brings its own beauty. The winters are mild in the valleys but deliver plenty of snow in the highest mountains and ski resorts. Spring brings the greening of the mountains as leaves progress from valleys up to the mountaintops. Wildflowers abound. Summers bring plenty of sun, along with showers to nourish the waterfalls. Fall is the favorite time of year for many as the foliage turns a multitude of colors. When exploring, remember temperatures can vary greatly. Typically the city of Asheville is about 15 degrees warmer than the highest peaks.