You will be tempted to twirl and sing Maria's "These Hills Are Alive" from "The Sound of Music" as you cross these five mountaintop meadows high in the Blue Ridge Mountains. All require a moderate hike as you climb every mountain. All make perfect picnic spots to sign Do-Re-Mi!
1. Max Patch (pic above): A section of the Appalachian Trail crosses this grass and wildflower-covered bald near Hot Springs with mountain views all around. The short 1.4-mile loop in Pisgah National Forest leads you to many vistas that will fill your heart with the sound of music! Read more.
2. Roan Mountain: You'll imagine you're in lofty Alphine pastures while walking across mile-high balds along the Appalachian Trail. Reach elevations above 6,000 feet with 360-degree mountain views all the way. It is often covered in snow and ice during the winter months. You'll even need a jacket on many summer days since sometimes you are walking through clouds. Read more.
3. Black Balsam Knob: If you get dizzy from a twirl, this summit (6,214 feet) is the perfect place to collapse in the grass. Located along the Blue Ridge Parkway, this hike takes you across several balds for panoramic views that are hard to top - even in Austria!
4. Huckleberry Knob: Located along the Cherohala Skyway National Scenic Byway, this hike takes you across a grassy summit in remote sections of Nantahala National Forest. The birds will chime in to your singing and the many butterflies will dance with you. Read more.
5. Craggy Gardens: In addition to mountain views all around, you'll hike through wildflowers and a vast rhododendron garden. It's a short walk from the Blue Ridge Parkway, but many miss this inspiring spot. Read more.
Maria would be so jealous!